McCracken's Rest is a viewpoint along the Southern Scenic Route, with a nice beach and views of the mountains of southern Fiordland. It gives a nice view of Te Wae Wae Bay.
There are quite often sightings of Hector dolphins in the water. We did not see any on this day, but did not far from this spot.
This is about 30 minutes west of Riverton.
Maori legend is here......Takitimu was a sacred canoe, and it is believed it was turned into stone here and was wrecked on the bar of the Waiau river. ( I hope I have it right!) There is a sign at the Beach that tells you the history of this area.
Before the road from Riverton was formed, a slipway was built at the island so that boats (being the only means of transport delivering supplies) could be unloaded. On the shore nearby in the late 1860's, the township consisted of numerous homes, three stores, a Hotel and a Butcher's shop.
Today, it is surrrounded by lush farmland, and the beach is safe for swimming, rock fishing and wind surfing and sometimes Hectors dolphins are seen here. Facilities include toilets and a changing shed.
When it is low tide, you can take a walk out to Monkey Island, we didn't do that, but continued on our journey along the SOUTHERN SCENIC ROUTE
Colac Bay is located on the Southern Scenic Route between Invercargill and Fiordland.
A great, big, sweeping bay with sandy beaches, this area is popular with the 'surfers", there even is a statue of a surfer riding a wave!
It is only a small seaside town, that does have some shops, a Hotel and caravan park, Backpackers and a little bit more. From here, you look directly across Foveaux Strait to Stewart Island.
Located 10mins from Riverton.
CLIFDEN SUSPENSION BRIDGE
The Clifden Suspension Bridge is a historic suspension bridge near Clifden.
Spanning the Waiau River, it is only accessible to pedestrians these days. Settlers depended on a ferry to get stock and supplies across the River, so a Bridge was necessary. The bridge is 3.5 metres wide, and acted as a single lane bridge for horse-drawn traffic although traction engines were soon towing lime and wool over it.
Trucks and cars used it from the 1920's to 1978, when the current Bridge was opened downstream. The bridge, constructed of twenty-seven steel cables attached to concrete pillars (clad to resemble stone pillars), still has its historic wooden decking.
It spans 111.5 metres over the Waiau River, making it the longest suspension bridge in New Zealand.
LOCATED on the SOUTHERN SCENIC ROUTE
- Historical Travel
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