Tapanui is the third town on the Winton to Dunedin back roads route. Tapanui is a small town also but is clearly a progressive little place. This evident by the services that are on offer and there is a bustle about the place.
Tapanui is a picturesque town close to the boundary with Southland region.
Tapanui is a forestry town, and lies between the foot of the Blue Mountains. Deer stalking and trout fishing are popular pastimes of the area.
For almost a hundred years, the town was serviced by the Tapanui Branch railway line, which despite its name never actually terminated in Tapanui.