Riverton Travel Guide

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Riverton Things to Do

  • Te Hikoi - Heritage Museum

    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...

  • Exploring Riverton

    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...


    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...

  • Riverton Rocks

    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.

  • Things to Do & See

    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 -...

  • Get out and Drive

    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


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    by TomorrowsAngel Written Jan 6, 2004

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    Situated right on the beach with lovely ocean views, open 7 days a week during the summer months and closed Mondays in the winter.
    Famous for the fresh seafood, there is a cafe style lunch menu and a la carte in the evening.
    A warm open fire greets you in the winter and Internet is also available.

    Favorite Dish: We shared homemade bread with pesto and chutney. Then, I had pinenut and mushroom cannelloni, the others had seafood chowder, chicken breast stuffed with bacon, walnuts, mushrooms and blue cheese, and chef's salad.
    All the food was fresh. Presentation and service were both really good.

    the beachhouse cafe
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Riverton Off The Beaten Path

  • McCracken's Rest

    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.


    The Clifden Suspension Bridge[1899] 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...


    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...


Riverton Sports & Outdoors

  • Fishing

    Great fishing, including trout and salmon, is available all year round. Ask a local, visit a sports shop, or telephone the Southland Fish and Game Council in Invercargill for details. BYO or rent

  • Walks

    Riverton has many good walks. One of the best starts at More's Reserve, at the top of Richard Street and offers spectacular views over Southland and Foveaux Strait. The Pourakino Walkway is also worth investigating. Bring something warm to put, in case the weather changes. Wear sturdy walking shoes.

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