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Southern Scenic Road Trip: Invercargill to Fiordland National Park


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The next town on the route is Athol. Athol is part of a growing hospitality business that is developing with the advent of “Around the Mountains” cycle trail and the promotion of the Southern Scenic Road Trip. There is a well known landscape gallery, colonial restored homes, a cafe and lodge / holiday park. The Eyre Creek and Quoich Creek, and flow into the Mataura River about 2 km to the south of the village. The Mataura River is a premier fishing destination.


Athol is situated on a plateau between Mid Dome (1478 m) and Flagstaff (1037 m) mountains.

You are at one of the highest points of the road between Invercargill and Queenstown.


  • Go fishing for brown trout
  • Photograph the picturesque 19th century remains of Nokomai railway siding with its rusting corrugated roof and a schist stone cottages with mature oaks standing as testament to the former occupants. There are fireplaces and chimneys standing in fields where sheep graze.
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Athol Gallery

  • The Athol Gallery represents both established and new artists who have a deep connection to the local landscape and rural life. The purpose built gallery space is warm and light and easily accessible from SH6. The Lodge Athol and Holiday Park Is a popular spot for cyclists to rest and for dedicated fishing enthusiasts enjoying the nearby Mataura River. The Brown Trout Cafe is a popular stopping point for motorists.
  • Two bridges close to Athol have been nicknamed the “Golden Gates,” the bridges were built for cyclists and walkers on the Around the Mountains trail. Around the Mountain Cycle Trail suspension bridges: Fairlight, 67 metres long, Mataura “overflow”, 65m, Mataura, 3km north of Athol, 92m, Eyre Creek, 67m, Tank Creek, 45m

To learn more about Athol check What’s so great about Athol

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