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...more
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...more
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...more
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 -...more
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.
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.more
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...more
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...more
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.more