The Moutere Hills
This area is the result of a deep gravel formation laid down by successive glacial deposits in the last two million years. Their rolling appearance is due to erosion by wind and weather and streams that have cut deeply between the hills.
The Waimea Estuary is the largest in the Southern Hemisphere. This estuary along with the Moutere Inlet are food source, home and nursery for a wide variety of bird life and flourishing ecosystems. In mid-September you may catch the return of the godwits having made a dramatic non-stop migration flight of 11,500km from Alaska back to their breeding grounds in the estuary.