Quiet little Riverton (in Māori, Aparima) is worth a detour for its dreamy bay views and gripping museum of local history. If near-Antarctic swimming takes your fancy, the long, broad sands of Taramea Bay are good for a dip; otherwise we suggest a stroll along Palmerston St, studded with cafes and 19th-century buildings. Riverton makes a good lunch stop if you're driving the Southern Scenic Route, or a pleasantly laid-back day trip from Invercargill, 38km east.
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