Mountains Edge Cabins is located in New Zealand - South Island
Blackmount district in the picturesque village of Monowai.
Just off the Southern Scenic Route, between Lake Manapouri and Lake Monowai, 50 mins south of Te Anau.
This is a lovely old camp was historically built for the Monowai Power Station workers in the 1960's as a boarding hostel and has retained this charm.
Our village does not have any shops, nearest shop 35 mins drive so please bring along your own food and drink
Linen can be hired or bring your own sleeping bag, towel etc. (fitted sheet and pillow provided)
This camp was formally known as 'Monowai Holiday camp'
A great place to stay if your interest is :Hunting, Fishing, Tramping, Mountain Biking, Kayaking, Caving, & Boating or just getting away for a relaxing holiday.
This is a camp nestled in the foothills of Fiordland National Park.
There is 8 cabins available for Hire, with a selection of double, single or bunk beds.
Full Kitchen facilities available
Toilets and showers
Playground and Tennis Courts right across the road.
Room to pitch your tent or park your campervan.
Our newly decorated cookhouse is an ideal place to book parties such as 21st, wedding, stag night or birthday's
or work place functions.
Relax in the evening in front of the fire and television, or sit around the table sharing a yarn or two
Hunting, Fishing, Tramping, Mountain Biking, Kayaking, Caving, & Boating - Escape to Southland's Ultimate Getaway
Lake Monowai is a picturesque lake well known for its good fishing and hunting. It's a very popular spot for campers and trampers.
Spend some time visiting the rugged and unspoilt landscape.
Access to Lake Monowai, a great spot for boating, kayaking, and fishing.
Lake Monowai is a great place for fishing and hunting. The Lake contains large brown and rainbow trout and has a boat ramp.
Go mountain biking - there is also access to excellent tramping, hunting and amazing sightseeing. There are alot of excellent hikes in the area, including a six hour walk to Green Lake.
Check out the stunning views into Fiordland and east towards the Takitimu Mountains and the amazing weathered granite formations in the Mt Eldrig and Mt Titiroa areas.
In 1990 the outstanding natural values of the area earned it a place within Te Wahipounamu (the
place of greenstone) - South West New Zealand World Heritage Area.
Fiordland National Park is a popular place for hunting red deer, wapiti, possums and in certain areas, wild pigs and chamois.
Visit the Monowai Power Station which was opened 1 May 1925 and it still services the Southland District. It is one of the oldest and most scenic power stations in New Zealand.
Lake Monowai powers one of the South Island's oldest hydroelectric stations. It occupies a long, curved valley in the southern part of Fiordland National Park - on a map, the lake looks like the letter U. The lake level was raised by 2.5 metres in 1926 to make hydro-electric power production possible.
Lake Monowai was named be the surveyor-explorer James McKerrow who wrote the name of the lake as “Monowai”. The meaning of which is “channel full of water”
Monowai - Gateway to the southern part of Fiordland National Park
There are some great tramping tracks and day walks such as the Green Lake, North Borland, South Borland Loop, Mt Burns, Eldrig Peak or Burnt Ridge Track
A great area for mountain biking - bike the Borland Road to Borland Saddle (16 km) or continue into the Grebe Valley and down to South Arm on Lake Manapouri (42 km)
The Blackmount Community Heated Pool is open from Labour Weekend to Easter. Key available at camp
Lake Monowai has an open fishing season and can be enjoyed all year round. A boat launching ramp is sited at Lake Monowai Road end. Back country licenses are needed to fish in the Grebe Valley.
Lake Monowai, Lake Manapouri and their tributary rivers provide good trout fishing. Anglers need a current fishing licence and should note 1st November opening date for tributary rivers of Monowai and Manapouri.
Red deer are present throughout the area.
Hunting permits are issued from Department of Conservation offices in Invercargill and Te Anau. Hunting is not permitted within 200 metres of the Borland Road.
Invercargill - Monowai 1.5 hours
Monowai to Tuatapere 40 minutes via Southern Scenic Route
Monowai to Manapouri & Te Anau 45 minutes via Southern Scenic Route
An example of some of the Day Trips/outings available in this area.
With stunning vistas of mountains, beaches, National Parks as well as the elusive Kiwi bird, Southland offers you a real piece of nature.
Clifden Caves -
The Clifden Caves are one of only a few cave systems in Southland.
The caves are located in western Southland. The cave entrance is signposted from the Clifden Gorge Road and parking is available adjacent to the caves entrance.
Tours available of the Clifden Bridge now.
Rakatu Wetlands –
Rakatu Wetlands is on the Blackmount-Redcliff Road (Southern Scenic Route) 15 min south of Manapouri. Home to many waterfowl species, including scaup/papako, grey teal/tētē and paradise shelduck/pūtakitaki, these wetlands provide a network of walking and cycling tracks.
Big Totara Walk
Lillburn-Monowai Road, signposted from the Lillyburn Valley Road
A short walk to 1000 plus year-old totara trees, Dean forest is located 23km from Tuatapere on the Lillburn-Monowai Road. This pleasant short walking track winds through forest to some of Southland's largest tōtara trees.
This small pocket of forest has never been logged and visitors can see these giants of the forest, some of which are over 1000 years old.
Hauroko means “the soughing of the wind”. At 462 metres deep, this is New Zealand's deepest lake. The Wairaurahiri River leaves Lake Hauroko and flows through the Waitutu Forest to the South Coast. Accessed from the Lillburn Valley Road, Lake Hauroko is signposted from Clifden. There are varied recreational opportunities in the area and commercial operators to help you explore. The Wairaurahiri River is the steepest river in New Zealand to be navigated by commercial jet-boat operators. The Lake Hauroko Bush Walk is an easy 40 min return loop walk
Templeton Flax Mill Heritage Museum
Situated at Otaitai Beach just 3km from Riverton and 30km from Invercargill. Turn off Riverton-Wallacetown Highway onto Otaitai Bush Road, then Templeton Road. Look out for the sign, and then the big red corrugated iron shed.
Nationally recognised as New Zealand's only authentic flax mill plant operating on its original 1940s site. • Showcases 1860s to 1970s flax processing technology in particular flax milling in Southland. • A popular heritage attraction on the Riverton/ Aparima District Heritage Trail.
Tuatapere is the home of the Hump Ridge Track - a three-day walking experience through rugged coastline, podocarp and beech forest and spectacular sandstone outcrops
Tuatapere Hump Ridge Track
31 Orawia Rd, Tuatapere 9620
More wilderness, less people. The Tuatapere Hump Ridge Track has all the qualities of a great walk. The track winds across some of New Zealand's wildest land, leading walkers through parts of Fiordland National Park, along an alpine ridge, through forest, across Maori land and along deserted beaches of the south coast of the South Island. Mountain kea and hectors dolphins play in the great Southern ocean...
Tuatapere Bushman's Museum
31 Orawia Street, Tuatapere
Located in the same building as the Hump Ridge Track office, the Tuatapere Bushman's Museum showcases the story of the early settlers living around "The Hole in the Bush" as Tuatapere was known in the early days. The bush and the timber resource it provided has played a huge role in this area's development and is important to this day although tourism has replaced logging to a great extent. The Bushman's Museum has a good collection of attractively displayed items from the logging era, which will be of particular interest to trampers planning to walk the Hump Ridge or South Coast to the old milling town of Port Craig and the largest wooden railway viaduct in the Southern hemisphere, the Percy Burn Viaduct.
Otautau Golf Club
Buxton Street, Otautau
This undulating 9-hole course takes a little more energy to play than some other flat courses. The course has a number of testing holes and is well worth a look at anytime. Hospitality is a feature of many Southland golf clubs and you should not be disappointed here.
Riverton Golf Club
Carrol Street, Riverton
The low cost green fees make this a must play holiday destination course. You won't be disappointed. The sand based, undulating fairways ensure you seldom have a flat lie and the ever present out off bounds fences help create that cautious approach necessary for a handicap reducing round. Southland's 9-hole course that is the closest example of a links course
This is the starting point for the Tuatapere Hump Ridge and South Coast tracks. Hectors dolphins/upokohue can sometimes be seen from the beach, as too can southern right whales/tohorā.
Thornbury Vintage Machinery Museum
58 Foster Road, Thornbury
The Thornbury Vintage Tractor and Implement Club inc is the oldest vintage tractor club in New Zealand as it was formed over 50 years ago by the foresight of three gentlemen, following the recovery and subsequent restoration of a 1914 Avery tractor. This tractor is proudly displayed and is the flagship of the club. Various items (tractors, machinery, family mementos etc) have been collected and donated to the club over the years, which has resulted in three museum buildings being erected between the mid 60s - mid 90s. Opening hours: The museum is open every Sunday from 1:30 to 4:30 from Labour day weekend until Queens birthday weekend. After hour visits can be arranged by contacting the following numbers.