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Bruce Bay & Paringa

Bruce Bay/ Mahitahi is where State Highway 6 and the rimu rainforest meet the sea.  A great place to take in the broad vista of beach and forest, and take a walk along the beach.

The beach was previously the highway for the first Maori inhabitants and later a large number of goldminers and explorers. The bay is flanked by the glacial moraines of Heretaniwha Point to the south and Makaawhio Point to the north; both have special significance to local Maori.

Bruce Bay 4

The small settlement of Bruce Bay, situated about one kilometre south of the bay has a handful of permanent residents and several holiday homes and baches.  A feature of the village is the historic Bruce Bay hall, a reminder of a more industrious and populated past.  Opposite is the Mahitahi Lodge, specifically designed for New Zealand and overseas guests, and featuring beautiful unique New Zealand timbers.

Bruce Bay 3Seven kilometres north is the settlement of Jacobs River / Makaawhio where there is a small historic church “Lady of the River”.

To the south on the Paringa River is the South Westland Salmon Farm and Café, specialising in fresh local salmon dishes.

Things to do
It is a great place for appreciating the views and taking a Glacier Country beach walk.

Getting there
Bruce Bay/ Mahitahi is a 30-minute drive south from Fox Glacier village on State Highway 6.



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