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.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.
Local Artists find the region inspiring and in recent times a number of Artists have moved into the area forming a small Art Trail dotted along the main street.
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.
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.
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.