Western Southland’s townships were built on the pioneering industries of whaling and sealing, sawmilling, gold mining and coal mining. In fact, Riverton (Aparima) was one of the earliest European settlements in New Zealand and a site of many cross-cultural encounters. Two heritage trails and a range of museums, including Tuatapere’s Bushman’s Museum and the Te Hikoi Southern Journey Heritage Museum, provide engaging insights into the unique and dramatic history of Māori and European settlement in the area.
Family Friendly Museum
172 Palmerston Street, Riverton
DEAL: Complimentary audio guide.
Arts & Crafts
54 Colac Bay Road, Colac Bay
This weaving studio in Colac Bay offers a variety of handwoven clothing items made from wool, mohair, alpaca and more. Weaving tuition is also available.
6 Ferry Road, Tuatapere
Small accommodation with a quirky little art and handcraft gallery.
154 Palmerston Street, Riverton
The Environment Centre is a collective of community based groups all working to leverage and care for the lush landscape and friendly people of Southland.
77 Main Street, Tuatapere
This gallery displays original artwork by established New Zealand Artists and emerging artists.