Riverton – white baiting, rivers and beach walks

boats in the port of riverton

I love Riverton.  Gorgeous coastal town near the bottom of the South Island and practically nearly completely opposite Invercargill – well it seems like it anyway.

port of riverton

A little fishing port so complete with river, river inlet, sea views and gorgeous beaches.

oreti beach invercargill

When on the Oreti Beach at Otatara on the outskirts of Invercargill (where I’m from) if you get the tides right you can walk all the way to Riverton.  Would take you quite some time and there would be some river crossings but that is a pretty cool thing to say you’ve done.  Unfortunately despite the fact I hail from Invercargill (and Otatara at that!), I can’t lay claim to having done it.  Might have to invest in a fat bike and take a little bike ride…..

huts on bank of Aparima river near Riverton

Generally for us, a trip down south wouldn’t be complete without taking the drive to Riverton but this was one time, come our last day we hadn’t done it.  We’d been busy hiking, biking and other sightseeing.  BUT….. on running into an old school friend of Stephens and making mention of the white baiters we had seen earlier in the week she said you can’t go past a trip to Riverton – well that was all the excuse we needed.

white bait huts reflecting in aparima river

line up of white bait huts with views to riverton

She was right (thanks Wendy).  The huts and stands were lining the river and it was just as spectacular as our experience with the Mataura River.  Another beautiful day so we were again afforded some fabulous reflections of the huts, stands and trees in the water.

characters aparima river

jetboat on the white bait river

Stephen took a walk to get closer to the action and got chatting with a couple of the locals.  Turns out one of them was married to a “coaster” and Stephen knew the family well – classic, we’re about 800 odd kms from home – what is that saying regarding 6 degrees of separation….

riverton beach

The boys have been very patient with us so it is only fair we head into Riverton and out to the beach for a run.

flying high riverton beach

and run they do – or it is fly………

Ziggy singing Riverton beach

or sing, sing a song, sing it loud, sing it strong – while Nico looks on in mild amusement.

Another lovely afternoon – thanks Riverton, good to be back.

Jan and Stephen run Breakers Boutique Accommodation on the Great Coast Road north of Greymouth on the West Coast of the South Island (yes that mouthful again).  They enjoy getting out and about exploring and sharing their discoveries and adventures.



About coastingnz

Jan and Stephen live on the Punakaiki coastline, north of Greymouth on the West Coast, NZ and run Breakers Boutique Accommodation. They both enjoy the outdoors and are passionate about things to see and do on the West Coast and would like to share their experiences with you.
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