Mataura is a satellite suburb of Gore being just 12 ks south. And yet this town has experienced in the absolute of the boom bust that a community can experience.

Mataura was a heavy industrial paper town; that included manufacture production and sales of the raw then retail product. Mataura paper was a NZ wide favoured brand. With the massive changes that incurred from a technological perspective, influx of imports and mass marketing Mataura Paper was not structured to compete.

A shell of a town that was exists today. This is interesting given the town is an old town in terms of its earlier history.

Mataura is the birth place of Cardigan Bay, the famous New Zealand pacer. Cardigan Bay was the first standard bred to win $1,000,000.

The Mataura River flows south through Mataura, and is a source of brown trout.

Mataura still has a meat processing plant and is a key employment factor for the town and region.

Mataura is also the setting for Dunedin crime fiction author Vanda Symon debut novel, Overkill.


Mataura has a War Memorial located near the RSA.

The churches in Mataura are of the classic deign of the 40's era, and yet this historic house is over one hundred years old.

The Mataura Hotel is of a modern era and has a high profile position in Mataura.

Travelers will pass through Mataura on their way to other Dunedin or Invercargill. The vast mill structures and legacy alone will beckon a few minute stopover at a minimum.






Fireplace   Dump Station
General Store   Bottled Gas
Internet   Caravan
Camping 4WD
Kitchen Facilities Disabled access
Laundry Toilets
Campervans   Accommodation
Meals   Airport
Pets Allowed   Boat Ramp
Telephone Picnic Area
Roadside Rest Area Electricity
Scenic   Swimming
Tap water   Thermal Area
Stream Water   Walking tracks
Rotary Club Lions Club
Gymnasium   Gardens
Winery   Whitewater Rafting
Surfing   Skydiving
Skiing   Scenic Flights
Postal Service Police
Movie Location   Mountain Biking
Kayaking   Jet Boating
Information Hospital
Hang Gliding Golf Course