Riverton is nestled on the coast, near Invercargill
Riverton / Aparima
Riverton , Southland

By Venture Southland

Riverton is a quirky town populated by fishermen and artists.
Riverton / Aparima
Riverton , Southland

By Deb Racz

Enjoy an ice cream on the beach at Riverton
Riverton / Aparima
Enjoy an ice cream on the beach. , Southland

By Deb Racz

The home of many fishermen, the harbour is central to life in Riverton.
Riverton / Aparima
Riverton, Southland

By Deb Racz

Much of the population of Riverton is employed in the local fishing industry.
Riverton / Aparima
Riverton , Southland

By Venture Southland

Framed by colourful hydrangeas, Riverton Harbour is quaint and picturesque.
Riverton / Aparima
Riverton Harbour, Southland

By Deb Racz

Riverton / Aparima

Poised on the south coast of Southland, Riverton (also known as Aparima) is an eclectic and quirky town surrounded by stunning natural beauty.

Thirty kilometres from Invercargill, Riverton's population is an interesting mix of artists and fishermen. The town spans Jacob's River Estuary, a picturesque location framed by the vast, sweeping coastline.

The township itself is nearly 200 years old and steeped in history; visit the interactive museum, Te Hikoi Southern Journey, to learn about Riverton's bi-cultural past.

The quaint, old fashioned shop fronts of Main Street are an attraction in themselves – many home to off-beat shops, cafes and art galleries. A craft trail of artists' studios will take you to visit potters, painters, and Maori weavers and carvers.

Riverton's surrounding beaches and estuary are popular with swimmers, kayakers, surfers and families. Dolphins often travel up into the estuary for feeding and can be seen from the beaches.

Nearby Colac Bay is home to ‘The Porridge’, which ranks among New Zealand’s top surfing spots. The Long Hilly Track starts just after this bay, exploring regenerating native bush and relics from the days of early Chinese goldmining in Southland.

Riverton is on the Southern Scenic Route and is an ideal stopover between Queenstown and Dunedin.

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Colac Bay Holiday Park - Accommodation in Colac Bay New Zealand
Colac Bay
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* Colac Bay is 9kms west of Riverton, small seaside village * The Bay Backpackers * Power sites * Heated cabins * Sheltered tent sites * Laundry facilities * Kitchen and lounge * Undercover BBQ * Dog-friendly * Free WiFi * Great surfing and swimming beach ... (more)
Longwood Holiday Park - Accommodation in Riverton New Zealand
Riverton
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Large recreation room, library, laundry, kitchen. Sweeping ocean views. Support Riverton's new Te Hikoi Museum. Tariff: 18 power/tent sites, double $30, single $20, under 12yrs $5. Two ensuite/studio units, double $95, single $70.... (more)
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