Visit Tuatapere, Southland, NZ

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  • Tuatapere is a farming centre 8 km inland from Te Wae Wae Bay, at the southwest of the South Island, bordering Fiordland National Park. It is a great place for wilderness activities, such jet boating and off-road adventures, fishing and tramping.

    Farming and forestry have traditionally been Tuatapere’s main industries. A railway connection to Invercargill was opened in 1909, and an engine depot was located near the town until closure of the line in 1976. A landmark of early times is the impressive Clifden Suspension Bridge.

    Hunting and fishing along the rivers and in the Fiordland hills is a well-established part of local tradition. Guides are available for hunting deer, or fly-fishing on lakes and rivers. Saltwater fishing in Foveaux Strait is also an option.

    Accommodation in Tuatapere (NZ)

    Tuatapere has a backpackers’ lodge and holiday camp, ideal for budget travellers. The town also has an award-winning country hotel, a motel and a selection of boutique lodges and bed & breakfast establishments.

    There are “farm stay” providers who offer private accommodation, dining, and the opportunity to participate in farming activities such as sheep shearing, milking and horse riding.

    Transport around Tuatapere

    Tuatapere is about 70 minutes’ drive from the city of Invercargill, where the nearest airport is located. There are regular bus and shuttle transport services to Tuatapere. The popular destination of Te Anau is about 75 minutes to the north.

    Within Tuatapere, there are rental cars and motor homes to rent, as well as bus and taxi services. Some transport operators provide shuttle services to the popular outdoor recreation areas for tramping, fishing etc.

    Tourist Activities around Tuatapere

    Jet boat tours on wild rivers are popular and exciting adventures, and may include boating on the remote and unspoiled Lake Hauroko in Fiordland National Park, with plenty of opportunity to see native dramatic native forests and unique birdlife.

    Tramping,fishing and hunting are popular in these areas also, especially the renowned Hump Ridge track, which is run as a tourist operation, and the Blue Cliffs area.

    There are farming activity-based attractions that include horse trekking, sheep mustering, shooting and other pursuits.

    Tuatapere’s centrally-located visitor centre includes the Bushman’s Museum, which has displays and stories from the town’s pioneering past.

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