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Waikouaiti - There is a great museum providing an interesting insight into Waikouaiti's boom time. Both Waikouaiti and Karitane are known for good surf casting and swimming.

Tavora Reserve - This reserve is a place to see yellow-eyed penguins and New Zealand fur seals. You're advised to keep your distance from the wildlife.

Palmerston - Historically, Palmerston was a major supply town during the gold rush years. It was the point where hopeful miners bravely began their arduous journey over the 'Pig Root' trail (now State Highway 85) to the goldfields.

Shag Point - At the end of the Shag Point road, there are fur seal colonies tucked amongst the rocky outcrops. Yellow-eyed penguins and shags also live in the area.

Clark's Mill - This four-storeyed limestone flourmill was built in 1866 to grind oats and wheat for the owners of Totara Estate. The mill was powered by water and produced flour from 1867 until 1976.

Totara Estate - Once a grand estate covering 15,000 acres, today Totara's restored farm buildings and displays are a tribute to the courage and determination of New Zealand's early pioneers.

Macraes Flat - Gold was discovered here in the 1860s, and mining continues today. GRD Macraes is New Zealand's largest producer of gold, accounting for approximately half of the country's total annual gold production.

Lake Waihola - Lake Waihola is known for its beautiful reflections and black swans. It is a favourite haunt of sailors, water-skiers, power boaters and fishermen.

Lawrence - The historic township of Lawrence once supported more than 10,000 people during the days of the gold rush, when gold was discovered in the area now known as Gabriel's Gully.

Duntroon - In Duntroon you can view displays of fossil material extracted from local limestone. The fossils date from around 30 million years ago, when the area was beneath the sea.

Kurow and Otematata - These small towns provide a range of holiday accommodation for travellers who want to enjoy the nearby lakes.

Omarama - A large statue of a merino sheep announces your arrival in Omarama. You'll quickly notice that this small farming town has a wonderful obsession - gliding.