Take a drive to Kelso and see the Flood Monument - continue on to the Leithen Glen on the banks of the Pomahaka River - the sweeping lawns and stone barbeques make it an ideal picnic spot. The river lends itself to fishing, paddling and swimming. Beyond the glen there is a picturesque riverside walk. From the Leithen Glen we suggest you drive to Heriot - on the way you will see two historic homesteads and in Heriot there is Todd Cottage (birthplace of Todd Motors).



 Wild deer and pigs inhabit the slopes and forests of the Blue Mountains - this area is renowned for hunting.

The Pomahaka River has a well deserved reputation as one of the finest fishing rivers in New Zealand for either fly or thread-line.


If golfing is your sport then Tapanui’s picturesque 18 hole course will surely entice you - or you may prefer the 9 hole course at Heriot - in each case visitors are welcome.




West Otago boasts wonderful walks. Whisky Gully and Black Gully offer gentle rambles through native bush or for spectacular views take a hearty trek up onto the mountain top - ‘on a clear day you can see forever’.




The unique and ever changing natural light of the West Otago landscape is a draw card for photographers. The varied flora and colourful fungi in the native bush also provides many photo opportunities. (Photo courtesy of A Ritchie)




The country roads of West Otago are ideal for biking - check the maps and you will discover many ‘loops’ of varying distances from half hour duration to a full day trip.

Two mountain bikes are available for hire from Whitechapel Gifts or contact Tapanui West Otago Promotions through this site.



Yellowhead Bush Canary - the locals call it ‘our bird’. The southern end of the Blue Mountains holds one of the largest remaining populations of the Mohua.

For further details contact: The Information Centre on 03 204 8306