Riverton is also a town on the Great Scenic Route, and is a township that deserves a good look over. Riverton lays claim to be the oldest town in the south island, and old it is. The town is steeped in history and any observation of the old buildings, pubs or wharf area one can imagine the bustle and charm of the early and mid 1800ís.

Riverton is also a town that has all of the major services and is increasingly noted as a better place to live than the nearby Invercargill. Riverton is geographically placed to miss the worst of the prevailing southerly wind blasts.

Riverton was first visited by sealers about the end of the eighteenth century for replenishment of provisions and refreshment of crews. It became known as Jacobs or Knowsley River.

In 1836 John Jones from Sydney sent Captain John Howell with three ships to establish a whaling station there. The station proved successful and was later bought by Howell for himself.

In 1838. Howell, Stevens, and Daniel acquired large properties and were responsible for inducing many ex-whalers to settle in the area.

The name Riverton was adopted by the residents and their choice was ratified officially in March 1858.

The Riverton Museum gives a good history of the personalities and the area.A number of the churches to this day have survived and have heritage protection.

Riverton continues to boast a number of hotels.

And the Riverton War Memorial has a very strong profile overlooking the town.

Visitors should allow a minimum of day to enjoy Riverton.


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