The Early Settlers' Museum in the main street.
Whitebait Town - from Aug-Nov people fish for this small delicacy. The community of huts and houses on the banks of the Aparima has been described as New Zealand folk art. Follow the road to the Riverton cemetery.
Jet Boat and Hunting Trips - Inquire locally.
Round Hill Chinese Goldworkings - Fascinating relics of the Chinese gold mining era on two farms near Riverton.
Golf - A beautiful, sheltered nine hole course at Riverton.
Beachcomb, surf or gather some shell fish for dinner.
We arrived at Riverton coming the 35kms on route 99 from Invercargill. Riverton was both sides of an inlet that goes into a large lake. We crossed a long bridge which had scenic views of lots of little boats tied up at the jetty. The tide was in and it was very pretty, what I didn't do, was take a photo, which I should have! The sun was in the wrong direction, so I thought I would wait until morning, BIG mistake, as the tide was out, and it was nowhere near as pretty! Lesson learnt!
Riverton, and off we headed to explore this small village. It is not very big!
We came across a large Whale sculpture along the "Rocks Way", it looked like a large rock, with the tail being added? Riverton was established by Captain Howell as a whaling station about 1837, when it was called Jacob's River. His house which is here, is the oldest surviving building in the South Island.
We then headed up a high road, well worth doing as this gave excellent views.
Riverton is now know for its giant 4metre high Paua shell which is lined with genuine Paua. You will come across it as you enter town. It was created to draw attention to the factory shop [Fiordland Souvenirs] and has been one of 10 New Zealand town icons featured on a NZ Post stamp.
There is more than one shop here that sells Paua, so check them out if you wish to buy!
The Te Hikoi museum starts with a ~15 minute video chronicling the settlement and origins of the South. There is also a documentary of the the life of Jacky Price.
After the video, there is a very informative collection of displays that show how the Maori and later the European settlers managed to tame the South in order to live. There's displays on how the hunted, how they produced crops, the annual cycle of life and most important to the area, how the fish influenced the life of the town.
9~5pm summers (10~4pm winter). The cost was $10.
Riverton Rocks is the unofficial name of the Peninsula which juts out to sea beyond the harbour mouth. Its 9 km length has many beautiful beaches for walking, swimming or picnicking.
I love driving through this area. There are heaps of little country towns, pubs and B&Bs. Ask the locals for the best places to go - but I love Monkey Island, Cosy Nook and Tuatapere