Tuatapere A Community Living on Natures Edge

Tuatapere

Tuatapere

Tuatapere

is a small rural town in Southland, New Zealand.  It is located approximately eight kilometres from the southern coast.  The Waiau River flows through the town before reaching Te Waewae Bay, where it flows into Foveaux Strait.  The main industries are forestry and farming.

Te Waewae Bay Coastline

Te Waewae Bay Coastline

Tuatapere has a Bushman’s Museum and is located on the Southern Scenic Route between Invercargill (88km) and Te Anau (98km), making it a well-travelled tourist stop.

From around 1809 the area was active with whalers and sealers; originally named Papatotara, the town was renamed Tuatapere in 1904.

There are more things to do then might be expect for a small rural community and many things to see. If you drop into the Information Centre and ask, you’ll get the latest details.

A choice of accommodation ranging from very basic to luxury is available and free camping is close by. The various places to eat offer a good range of food, wine and atmosphere – many using fresh, locally sourced produce.

Tuatapere Hump Ridge Track

Tuatapere Hump Ridge Track

One of the main attractions in the area is the Tuatapere community operated Hump Ridge Track, with its high quality lodges and stunning views.  It takes trampers from the sea to the sub-alpine zone of the Hump Ridge.  Developed and managed by the Tuatapere Hump Ridge Track Charitable Trust, it is the only walking track in southern Fiordland that offers such comfortable facilities to independent trampers.  Trampers have the option to have themselves or their packs flown to the lodges by helicopter and enjoy a hot shower and comfortable bed.

Hump Ridge Track View

Hump Ridge Track View

If you are up for the challenge, you can kayak, or Jet Boat, across Lake Hauroko and then down the beautiful Wairaurahiri River, one of the most remote and pristine environments New Zealand has to offer. Travelling through the spectacular, untouched wilderness of the Fiordland National Park. You have the choice of returning by Jet Boat, Helicopter or walking via the Southern Coast Track or Hump Ridge Track.