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Tihaka Lookout

Looking out to Foveaux Strait, the island on your left is Stewart Island (Rakiura); in the center is Center Island (Rarotoka) and the view to the right reveals Oraka Point, which shelters the tiny, picturesque seaside settlement of Colac Bay (Oraka). Further to your right the distinctive timber clad hills of the Longwood Range (23,750 hectares) dominate the Riverton and Western Southland landscape. In 1888 the famous Longwood Gold Nugget weighing 36oz was found in this area.
The loop road descending to Tihaka beach leads you to one of the area's earliest known Maori occupation sites. The nearby coastal rock outcrops at the end of Tihaka Beach provided high quality green argillite rock, which was quarried and transported to nearby habitation sites for stone tool manufacturing. Midden (oven) deposit analysis indicates seasonal occupation from around 1270AD, with later dates up to early 1400AD. Examples of completed stone tools that have been shaped and finely ground from local rock can be viewed at the Riverton Museum.

This business appears on the following trail(s):

- Riverton - Aparima Heritage Trail



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