Mores Scenic Reserve

Mores Scenic Reserve

Offers several short walks and great views over Southland and Foveaux Strait/Te Ara a Kiwa towards Stewart Island/Rakiura.


The reserve is located on Howells Hill overlooking the township of Riverton/Aparima. Mores Reserve, at the top of Richard Street (turn left at the end of the bridge over the estuary and follow the signs).

This is number 15 on Southland's Short Walks Map, number 7 on the Riverton-Aparima Heritage Trail Map and number 39 on the Southern Scenic Route Map.

Heritage Site

You feel on top of the world when you visit Mores Reserve. The view which encompasses the coast and Riverton-Aparima is complemented by the beautiful, gentle bush walks that take you quietly into a natural world of sweet smelling native bush and birdsong. Tracks provide panoramic views of Foveaux Strait and features abundant birdlife. This area includes wahi tapu/treasured places for Maori and visitors are asked to respect this.


Hilltop Lookout Track - 20 minutes return - walking track

A short uphill walk on a gravel track is rewarded by outstanding panoramic views.

Mores Lookout Track - 45 minutes return - walking track

An easy walk through native forest emerges at a tree-top lookout platform, which offers bird's eye views of the southern coastline and forest below.

Kings Track - 20 minutes return - walking track

This easy walking track follows a route used by early settlers. It emerges from the bush to offer wonderful views over Riverton/Aparima and the Southland Plains.

Mores Coastal Loop Track - 2 hours return - tramping track

The track emerges from coastal forest and follows marker posts along the beaches and rocky outcrops of the southern coastline. The track is best walked in an anti-clockwise direction from the car park, returning via Kings Track. It is maintained to tramping track standard and may be muddy in places with some steep sections.


Some of the more common birds at Mores Reserve are Bellbird, Grey Warbler, Tui, Silvereye, Kereru, Brown Creeper, Tomtit and Rifleman. Some of the unusual species which may rarely be seen or heard here include Fernbird, NZ Falcon, Karakriki (Yellow or Red Crowned Parakeet), Morepork, Long Tailed Cuckoo and Kingfisher. Arguably one of the most notable bird songs to be heard here are that of the Bellbird. Click below to hear a recording taken at this site.


Recording of Bellbird taken by Environment Southland as part of their five minute bird counts undertaken on a quarterly basis.




Near 128 Richard Street, Riverton 9822, New Zealand