Tuatapere sits on the edge of Fiordland's wilderness amid spectacular unspoilt scenery, lush rolling farmland and within reach of world-class jet boating.
The Waiau River flows through the town before reaching Te Waewae Bay, where Hector’s dolphins and whales are often seen basking. Lying on the Southern Scenic Route, it is an increasingly well-travelled place to stop.
Tuatapere has a rich sawmilling history and is home to a logging museum, along with many other quaint reminders of the town’s pioneering history.
Tuatapere is an ideal base for many wilderness activities such as hiking, fishing, white baiting, hunting and jet boating. The majestic expanses of Blue Cliffs Beach and vistas of Te Waewae Bay lie just beyond the town.
Many visitors come here to walk the 3-day Hump Ridge Track. Beginning at the western end of Te Waewae Bay, the track promises wide-ranging views of Western Southland and the chance to see the Percy Burn Viaduct – thought to be the largest remaining wooden viaduct in the world.
Backpackers, cabins, tent & campervan sites...and a fabulous cafe!the story so far......Tucked away in the most south westerly corner of New Zealand, with nothing but coastline to the south and Fiordland to the west, Last Light Lodge is the last backpackers to see the light of the day... and you ain't seen a sunset 'til you've seen one from down here!Last Li... (more)
Closest motel to Hump Track on edge of Fiordland Track. 4 new ground-floor motel units. Holiday Park with good facilities. Backpackers with great fire, good bathrooms and spacious kitchen and lounge area. Mini Golf course and animal park on site. Supermarket across the road. Enjoy fishing, bush walks, jet boating and hunting in the area. Tariff: $30-$120, ex... (more)
Closest Hotel to the Hump Ridge Track.Historic country hotel with 24 rooms ( 6 with ensuites)Big screen TV in friendly warm bar.Bistro open every night ... come and enjoy the Best Blue cod in the west, Tuatapere sausages and rib eye steaks.Hump Ridge cafe open during the day ... for Jungle coffee and home made baking such as Junes famouss sausage rolls. Inte... (more)
We offer an adventure of a lifetime, Wairaurahiri Jet's boat across Lake Hauroko then down the wild Wairaurahiri River to the sea and back. The Wairaurahiri river is steepest commercially jet boated in New Zealand.Our amazing trip takes you into the remote wilderness of western Fiordland area. 74 kilometres of jet boating adventure, nature walks and Lunch in... (more)