"DOWN THE BOTTOM OF NEW ZEALAND" Riverton by balhannah

Riverton Travel Guide: 14 reviews and 20 photos

Scenic Riverton

Riverton, on the south coast of New Zealand was a pretty area of natural


Only a small town serving the rural community, it is also a fishing port, a

seaside resort, a peaceful place to explore & relax.

Summertime .....the beaches & estuary are popular with swimmers,

kayakers, surfers & family picnics. Walkers can explore the shoreline,

enjoy several easy bushwalks, or watch the birdlife and get an occasional

glimpse of seals and dolphins.

The Pourakino River and Aparima River empty into Foveaux Strait at Riverton.

Riverton's population is currently about 1900 people, and its main industry

is fishing, but the fishing is slowly drying up.

The fish factory based on its main wharf has now closed. The harbour is

still quite busy however as it is the nearest safe harbour for access to NZ's

south / west seas.

It is also popular for water sking, rowing, fishing and catching the

occasional flounder.

We came to Riverton, had a look around and stayed the night, were pretty

impressed with this area!

  • Last visit to Riverton: Mar 2005
  • Intro Updated Jan 26, 2010
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  • DSwede's Profile Photo
    Jun 19, 2012 at 7:47 AM

    Really.. I thought I was one of the few who made it down here :p Hope you have a good birthday! (happy belated) I'd recommend you get to Paraguay, I enjoyed it. And if you like birds, I'd also say Guyana and Trinidad, lots of birds in both of those.


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