Top 10 Things to Do Around Orepuki, Riverton and Tuatapere

Top 10 Things to Do Around Orepuki, Riverton and Tuatapere

Written by Elfi Menpes


Welcome to our beautiful corner of New Zealand! If you're planning a trip to Orepuki, Riverton or Tuatapere, you're in for a treat. Here are the top 10 things you shouldn't miss while you're here:



  1. Book a Horse Trek with Orepuki Horse Treks Experience the beauty of Southland on horseback. Ride along the stunning coastline or through rolling farmland for an adventure you'll always remember.

  2. Monkey Island Beach Visit this beautiful beach with breathtaking views and explore Monkey Island at low tide. It’s the perfect spot for a picnic or a leisurely stroll.

  3. Gemstone Beach A treasure hunter’s paradise, Gemstone Beach is famous for its variety of colorful stones. Spend some time beachcombing, and you might find a special souvenir.

  4. Orepuki Beach Café After a day of exploring, relax and enjoy a delicious meal at the iconic Orepuki Beach Café. With great food and stunning views, it’s a must-visit.


  1. Hump Ridge Track One of New Zealand’s Great Walks, the Hump Ridge Track offers incredible scenery, including rugged coastline, lush forests, and panoramic mountain views. It's a challenging but rewarding hike.

  2. Boundary Creek General Store This charming store and café is also an art gallery showcasing local talent. It’s the perfect place to enjoy a coffee and browse unique artworks.

  3. Lake Hauroko Take a drive to New Zealand's deepest lake, Lake Hauroko. The views are breathtaking, and you can enjoy a walk on the lookout track or take a thrilling jet boat trip down the Wairaurahiri River with Wairaurahiri Jet.


  1. Moores Reserve Explore the beautiful bush tracks of Moores Reserve. It's a great spot for a hike, offering fantastic views and a chance to enjoy the native flora and fauna.

  2. Mitchells Bay Spend the day at Mitchells Bay, whether you're surfing the waves or simply relaxing on the sandy shores. It's a wonderful spot to unwind and enjoy the coastal scenery.

  3. Te Hikoi Museum Dive into the rich history of Riverton at the Te Hikoi Museum. With fascinating exhibits about the area’s Māori and European heritage, it's an educational and engaging experience for all ages.

We hope you enjoy your time in our beautiful region. Each of these spots offers a unique glimpse into the natural beauty and cultural heritage of Southland. Happy exploring!

Looking to add some local adventures to your travel itinerary? Book a horse trek with us at Orepuki Horse Treks and experience Southland's beauty like never before.

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