Mataura is a satellite suburb of Gore being just 12 k’s 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.
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.