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Your contact at Tuatapere Domain: Information Centre
Contact number: +64 03 226 6399

Address: Highway 99, Southern Scenic Route, Tuatapere

Directions: From Invercargill, stay on the Southern Scenic Route (Highway 99) through Tuatapere. Follow the highway when it turns left toward Manapouri and Te Anau. Just after you cross the Waiau River, turn right into the Tuatapere Domain. The trail begins on the left side of the road, just before you reach the clearing. There is also a trail on the river side of the road.

From Te Anau: As you come into Tuatapere, watch for the bridge over the Waiau River. Just before the bridge, turn left into the Domain.

From Otautau: You will come into town on Orawia Road and turn right at the first major road crossing, following the sign for Highway 99 to Te Anua and Manapouri. After you cross the river, turn right immediately into the Domain.

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Tuatapere Domain

Right in the middle of Tuatapere lies the Tuatapere Domain, an ancient forest of podocarp and beech trees along the Waiua River. A loop track will take you to a thousand-year-old totora tree eight feet in diameter. Along the way you will see tree ferns and fuchsias as well as other towering podocarps like matai and kahikatea. The track takes about a half hour to walk. The well maintained gravel track can be walked by most people, regardless of age and fitness level.

"I was awestruck by these gigantic trees so close to the centre of town. You could easily drive through and not know what you're missing. It's definitely worth a stop in Tuatapere to see this forest."

Brett, Milaca, Minnesota, USA



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