A town where welcomes are guaranteed. Visitors are appreciated for the effort turning up. Middlemarch with its gold mining heritage, artefacts, relics, drop dead goregous scenery and plenty of things to do and see is well worth the detour. The
In the 1860’s gold miners worked all the way down the Tuapeka River to Tuapeka Mouth in search of gold. Tuapeka Mouth was an inland port for paddle wheel steamers to and from Balclutha for about 30 years until 1939.
Want to find out more about the Kauri Coast then Dargaville is an excellent place to base yourself. From heritage walks along the Northern Wairoa River to river cruises the importance of the massive Kaipara Harbour will be evident. There
Ngunguru is a blip on the highway disecting the community from the beach. Slow down, park by the beach and explore the small settlement of Ngunguru. There is a fascinating history of coal mining, of people foraging for seafood for
Tutukaka’s badge of honour is an enormous dive bottle marking the entrance to the marina. Together with a holiday park, motels and holiday homes visitors quickly realise they are visiting a classic summer beach place where jandals are the norm.
Riverton is a perfect mix of culture, history, and adventure. From various galleries, historic sites, two heritage trails as well as the fantastic Te Hikoi Museum. There's a reason Riverton is called the "Riviera of the South" as it is
Pre-European Maori regularly travelled through the area to the rich plains of the MacKenize basin on hunting expeditions. By the 1880’s New Zealand’s wild west had arrived with swaggers, gold miners and sheep rustlers passing through. Pastoral farming and the
Mataura is a town worth the short road trip from Gore, a mere 12km where museums and tiger moth World War I planes vie for attention. For fans of industrial history Mataura is a worthwhile stop.