Things to see and do in Tapanui & West Otago
When visiting the Clutha District of New Zealand's South Island, plan a short stay in Tapanui, known as 'the town on the edge of the forest'. Tapanui was one of the main settings used in Disney's remake of Pete's Dragon. The small town has a population fluctuating around 900 people and is based at the foot of the Blue Mountains.
The West Otago area is rich with farming, forestry, and creative talent. The town's people have a reputation for being warm and welcoming, so don't be surprised if people wave to you as you drive through town or pass in the street - that's part of the charm.
There are many attractions and activities to do from hiking the Blue Mountains, gentle walks through rainforest at Whisky Gully, swimming at The Leithen water hole, dining at Top Nosh Cafe, playing a game of pool at Forest Lodge Hotel, or meandering the Blue Mountain Nursery, hire a bike from Whitechapel Gifts or browse a variety of gift and homeware stores.