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Old Railway Station
Old Railway Station
Tuatapere is located in New Zealand
Coordinates: 46°08′0″S 167°41′0″E / 46.13333°S 167.68333°E / -46.13333; 167.68333Coordinates: 46°08′0″S 167°41′0″E / 46.13333°S 167.68333°E / -46.13333; 167.68333
Country New Zealand
RegionSouthland region
30 m (100 ft)
 • Total558
Time zoneNZST
Postal code
Local iwiNgāi Tahu

Tuatapere is a small rural town in Southland, New Zealand. It is the self declared "Sausage Capital of New Zealand".[3][4][5] Tuatapere is located eight kilometres from the southern coast. The Waiau River flows through the town before reaching Te Waewae Bay, where it has its outflow into Foveaux Strait. The main local industries are forestry and farming. As of the 2013 New Zealand census, its population is 558, a decrease of 21 from 2006.[1]

Tuatapere has a logging museum[6] and is located on the Southern Scenic Route from Invercargill to Te Anau making it a well-travelled tourist stop. The Clifden Suspension Bridge and Clifden War Memorial are located near State Highway 99 outside Tuatapere.[7]


First European settlers[edit]

A group of Hungarians settled in Tuatapere, but were assimilated into the general population by the mid 20th century.[8]


On 1 October 1909, a branch line railway from Invercargill was opened to Tuatapere and it became known as the Tuatapere Branch. On 20 October 1925, an extension was opened to Orawia, 14 kilometres to the north-east[9] but the line continued to be known as the Tuatapere Branch and an engine depot was established in the town. It was used as the base for most operations on the line and the branch was operated as essentially two sections, one from Invercargill to Tuatapere and one from Tuatapere to Orawia. Until 1968, steam locomotives ran all trains to Tuatapere, but in June 1968, the line was dieselised, resulting in the closure of the Tuatapere engine depot. On 1 October 1970, a lack of traffic meant the line was truncated to Tuatapere, and it was further cut on 30 July 1976 when the section between Riverton and Tuatapere closed. Some relics from the railway have been preserved in Tuatapere, including structures in the station area such as the old station building and goods shed.

2009 Fiordland earthquake[edit]

Tuatapere was one of the closest settlements to the 7.8 magnitude earthquake which occurred on 15 July 2009, the largest in New Zealand since 1931. Despite the earthquake's huge force, little damage was sustained and no injuries were reported.


  1. ^ a b 2013 Census QuickStats about a place  : Tuatapere
  2. ^ New Zealand - New Postal Codes (2008). 26 November 2010.
  3. ^ "Giant sausage gifted to Southland town". Stuff. 18 September 2015. Retrieved 9 July 2021.
  4. ^ "Tuatapere's famous sausages set to make a comeback, kind of". Stuff. 3 August 2015. Retrieved 9 July 2021.
  5. ^ "The best and worst New Zealand town slogans". Stuff. 9 July 2021. Retrieved 9 July 2021.
  6. ^ On Natures Edge - Tuatapere.
  7. ^ New Zealand History Online - Clifden war memorial.
  8. ^ Lochore, R. A. (1948–49). "The European Alien Groups Resident in New Zealand". Transactions and Proceedings of the Royal Society of New Zealand. 77: 348.
  9. ^ Wises New Zealand Guide, 7th Edition 1979. p.321

External links[edit]

Media related to Tuatapere at Wikimedia Commons