Icons of Tuatapere

Department of Conservation —  28/01/2014
Des Williams.

Des Williams

By Des Williams, DOC Communications Advisor

I was especially proud of my old home town—Tuatapere, in Western Southland—when I returned for a rare visit on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.

A little glade through the Tuatapere Scenic Reserve was resplendent with several large flowerings of Peraxilla colensoi which is more commonly known as scarlet mistletoe.


Scarlet mistletoe at Tuatapere Scenic Reserve

I have never seen such brilliant colour in the reserve before—mind you I am never there at this time of year.

DOC’s Invercargill-based botanist/ecologist, Brian Rance, told me that this part of the reserve is a noted site (and so close to the road), as are other parts of the reserve around the Tuatapere Domain.

So, I now add scarlet mistletoe to the broad sweep of Te Waewae Bay, the Hump Ridge and Fiordland mountains, the Longwoods silver beech forest and Takitimu Mountains as icons of my birth place!

Longwoods silver beech forest at Tuatapere. Photo: Alastair Morrison.

Longwoods silver beech forest at Tuatapere

4 responses to Icons of Tuatapere

    Jane Hughes 30/01/2014 at 8:51 am

    What a beautiful display! Tuatapere sounds like a wonderful place to visit. Thanks, Des

    Lesley Shand 28/01/2014 at 11:49 am

    Well done DOC.

    You are putting conservation back into the DOC, as a highlight as Most Overseas Visitors [and I] expect.

    Lesley Shand


    I love Tuatapere, one of my favourite places to visit as a child. Thanks for sharing this Des.


    As a Southland girl originally nice to read a blog about someone being proud of their Southern roots. Look forward to visiting the reserve myself when next down in that area.