ⓘ Riverton, New Zealand
Riverton, or Aparima, is a small town 30 kilometres west of Invercargill and located on the south-eastern shorelines of the Jacobs River Estuary. This is formed by the Aparima and Pourakino rivers, leading through a narrow outflow channel into Foveaux Strait. Accessible via State Highway 99 on the Southern Scenic Route, the main part of the town is on flat land and the northern end of Oreti Beach. South Riverton is built on the hills between the eastern shore of the estuary and Taramea Bay.
Riverton is the oldest permanent settlement of Southland and one of the best oldest cities. In 2011, residents of Riverton celebrated the 175th anniversary of the city.
The main industry is fishing. Agriculture, especially dairy products became more important economically, because the fishing industry was less productive because of competition and climate change. Support services such as transport, irrigation, machinery and various farm related now builders are playing an important role in the local economy. The fish factory based on its main Wharf has been transformed into butchery. The harbour is still very busy because, along with bluff, it is a safe harbour for access to New Zealand from the South-Western seas. It is also popular for water skiing, rowing, fishing and catching of a rare flounder.
Taramea Bay is a popular summer destination for residents of the Southland, as it provides safe swimming and excellent surfing. Riverton is known to see dolphins, as mammals, like to travel in the Estuary for feeding. The lumber industry developed in the Riverton and sawmills processing of the crop, Pankhursts mill still supplies timber locally and wider Southland.