Human settlement of the Riverton-Aparima area began several hundred years ago - we are known as one of the oldest towns in New Zealand. However, the region's geological origins go back more than 250 million years to when the supercontinent of Gondwanaland dominated Earth's southern hemisphere. The rocky coast of Western Southland is a great place to reach into deep time and appreciate New Zealand's hidden history.
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