An interesting collection of timber milling equipment and photographs from the logging era that played a huge role in the area's development.
Tuatapere sits on the edge of wilderness amid spectacular unspoilt scenery and lush rolling farmland. It is the launch pad to accessing the variety of natural environments and adventure activities in Western Southland, including world-class jet boating and hiking. Lying on the Southern Scenic Route, it is an increasingly well-travelled place to stop.
Tuatapere has a rich sawmilling history and is home to a fascinating logging museum, along with many other quaint reminders of the town’s pioneering history. The quirky Yesteryears Museum and Cafe serves up delicious homemade goodies amongst eclectic vintage displays and Tuatapere Accommodation offers a range of affordable accommodation and facilities for travellers.
The Waiau River flows through Tuatapere, which is 8km from the southern coast, before reaching Te Waewae Bay and the majestic expanses of Blue Cliffs Beach. The South Coast Track and the impressive 3-day Hump Ridge Track begin at the end of the bay.