Natural Attraction

Aparima River

Western Southland

One of the main rivers in Southland, the Aparima River has its headwaters in the Takitimu mountains and flows southward for some 105km to enter Foveaux Strait at Riverton, at the north end of Oreti Beach.

The river, and Riverton, were both originally known as Jacob's River because the Maori man who lived at the mouth of the river was called Jacob by local whalers.

For the most part the river flows through farm land on the Southland Plains, with clear pools on a gravelly bed. It is popular for fishing, camping and picnicking.

It has been identified as an Important Bird Area by BirdLife International because it supports breeding colonies of the endangered Black-Billed Gull.

Venture Southland
Last modified
Tue 21 Aug 2018
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