Traveling to the ‘sounds’ will take you through Mossburn. This is quite an ‘old’ town and is demonstrated by some of the buildings and certainly the War Memorial where quite a number of past residents are listed when lost their lives in the 1914/1919 Great War.
Mossburn's more recent history was tied to the fortunes of the railway and the economic impacts that industry brought.
Today, Mossburn has declared itself the ‘deer’ capital of New Zealand, but by and large services the rural community with basic services.
Mossburn's greatest burst of economic activity came as a result of the construction of the Manapouri Power Station. The Mossburn Branch railway had terminated in the town since 1887 and was the closest railway terminus to the project.
By the start of the 1980s, these projects were complete and the railway closed on 13 December 1982. Few relics remain.
During the later part of 2006 and early part of 2007, a wind farm at White Hill was constructed with 29 turbines.
When passing through a stopover for a coffee or drink is a must.