Waituna lagoonImage: Phil Melgren | DOC
When the tide rolls out in Curio Bay it exposes an ancient fossil forest. This is one of the most extensive and least disturbed examples of a Jurassic fossil forest in the world.
Forest Hill is a great example of native bush surrounded by agricultural land. It is an island of forest rich in flora. An example of a rich forest community that would have once covered the limestone outcrops of the Southland plains.
The Bluff/Motupōhue is a sacred, Topuni site for Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu. It's one of the oldest European settlements in New Zealand, with Europeans having a continuous habitation from 1824. Māori have been living at Bluff for much longer.
The boardwalk winds through low-growing manuka and shrubs, emerging at a viewing shelter that overlooks Waituna Lagoon.
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