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Tuatapere is a small rural town in Western Southland. It is located eight kilometres from the southern coast. The Waiau River flows through the town before reaching Te Waewae Bay, where it has its outflow into Foveaux Strait. It has a population of approximately 650. The main local industries are forestry and farming.

Tuatapere has a logging museum and is the closest town to the largest viaduct in the southern hemisphere. It is on the Southern Scenic Route from Invercargill to Te Anau making it a well-travelled tourist stop.

Because of it's close proximity to Fiordland National Park and vast untouched wild areas Tuatapere is ideally placed on 'Natures Edge'. This makes it an ideal base for many wilderness activities such as Tramping, Walking, Fishing, Whitebaiting, Hunting & Jetboating.

More information towards the bottom of the page.

Where to stay in Tuatapere:
- Waitutu Lodge (center the map)
- Okaka Lodge - Hump Ridge Track (center the map)
- Port Craig Village - Hump Ridge Track (center the map)
- Shooters Backpackers and Holiday Park (center the map)
- Waiau Hotel (center the map)
- Tuatapere Motels (center the map)
- Wicked Wee Dump near the Hump (center the map)
- Last Light Lodge (center the map)
- Ballagold Dog Boarding (center the map)

What to do in Tuatapere:
- Tuatapere Domain (center the map)
- Hump Ridge Track (center the map)
- Wairaurahiri Jet (center the map)
- St George's Anglican Church (center the map)
- Southcoast jet (center the map)
- Blue Cliffs Beach (center the map)
- SouthWest Helicopters(2009) Ltd (center the map)
- Wairaurahiri Jet (center the map)
- Tuatapere Golf Club Inc (center the map)
- Waiau Squash Club (center the map)
- Cemetery Bush Walk - Tuatapere (center the map)
- South West Helicopters (2009) Ltd (center the map)

Groups and Organisations in Tuatapere:
- Plant Tuatapere Crimson (center the map)
- Tuatapere Community College (center the map)
- Western Southland Gun Club (center the map)
- Tuatapere Playcentre (center the map)
- Rakatu Wetlands (center the map)
- Waiau Valley Presbyterian Church (center the map)
- Restoring the Greenheart Reserve (center the map)
- Tuatapere Book Committee (center the map)

Businesses in Tuatapere:
- Tuatapere Health and Gift Shop (center the map)
- Tuatapere Maternity (center the map)
- Locator Beacons (center the map)
- Yesteryears Museum and Cafe (center the map)
- Aparima Accounting Ltd (center the map)
- Western Southland Sewing (center the map)
- Tuatapere Medical Centre (center the map)
- Tuatapere Four Square (center the map)
- Waiau Jet Tours (center the map)
- Western Southland Scanning (center the map)
- Gallery 65 (center the map)
- Shirley Whyte - Real Estate Agent (center the map)
- Waiau Memorial Library (center the map)
- Chambers Repair Service (center the map)
- Country Corner Crafts (center the map)
- Last Light Cafe & Bar (center the map)
- WestSouthland Sewing (center the map)

Tuatapere offers useful services such as: Doctors, Ambulance, Petrol Stations, Mechanical Services (AA Callout), Groceries, Police Station, Fire Brigade.

The Visitor Information Centre located by the Bushmans Museum can provide you with a wealth of advice, suggestions and bookings for local attractions including the Hump Ridge Track.

Distances from Tuatapere:
Invercargill 88km
Riverton 47km
Te Anau 98km
Manapouri 78km
Lake Hauroko 46km
BlueCliffs Beach 27km

On 1 October 1909, a branch line railway from Invercargill was opened to Tuatapere and it became known as the Tuatapere Branch. On 20 October 1925, an extension was opened to Orawia, but the line continued to be known as the Tuatapere Branch and a engine depot was established in the town. It was used as the base for most operations on the line and the branch was operated as essentially two sections, one from Invercargill to Tuatapere and one from Tuatapere to Orawia.

Until 1968, steam locomotives ran all trains to Tuatapere, but in June 1968, the line was dieselised, resulting in the closure of the Tuatapere engine depot. On 1 October 1970, a lack of traffic meant the line was truncated to Tuatapere, and it was further cut on 30 July 1976 when the section between Riverton and Tuatapere closed.

Some relics from the railway have been preserved in Tuatapere, including the old station building and goods shed.



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