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Lignite-Pit Scenic Stop

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Business Type: Nature Park

Price: $5.00


Lignite Pit Scenic Stop is a disused lignite mine, which has been transformed into a 16 acre lakeside garden, featuring walls of lignite and retaining the original pit shape.

Address: 15 Ashers Road Kapuka, Invercargill Invercargill & Southland

Phone: view phone+64 3 239 5040

Contact Name: Dave and Maria



Innovation Environmental Award Winner

· Lakeside café and giftware
· 16 acres of water and gardens
· Historic relics and written history
· Workman’s single hut museum and workshop
· Private environmental wildlife project
· Wedding venue and covered gardens
· Photo venue
· New farm forestry plantings
· Motorised guided tours
· Campervan overnight parking

The café is built to overlook the lake and its gardens. You will be greeted with southern country hospitality, Espresso coffee, Devonshire teas and a selection of food.

Group bookings (day or evening) by arrangement.
Garden entry $5.00 / person infants and young children free.
Motorised Guided Tour $7.00 / person
Campervan Stopover $7.00 /person per night, includes garden entry
Special needs facilities available.
Prices are subject to change at any time and are GST inclusive.


Maria and Dave grew up in the Bay of Islands and Dave was brought up in Okaihau. They married and raised three children on 55 acres set back in a beautiful and remote area. They lived with the chorus of kiwis and often shared their home with native bush and insects.

They combined their skills with other members of their family and purchaed a large property and together they farmed beef and sheep, they did logging, sawmilling, and secured scrub cutting contracts. When sheep income took a down turn and added finacial pressure on the families, the decided to sell up and go their seperate ways.

Eight years ago they found a farmlet with an old flooded lignite pit.  Maria told Dave that "Its beauty must be exposed" so he built a garden with boradwalks around the pit. They cultivated the garden and built a home with a cafe and wedding venue attached.

The garden began to take shape in its infancy, it slowly grew, the lake changed and trees grew larger on the banks and waters edge. The property is becoming covered in native forest and exotic trees.  Various species of birds arrived to populate the lake and bush.

Today one can only stand back and admire what the couple have achieved in a short space of time. I could not help but think, it must be a labour of love...It is a beautiful wedding venue, a romantic picnic spot, a place to relax and enjoy nature or an outing for the family. One can also learn so much about history.. a museum has been added with old relics from the past.

This amazing couple show that  dreams can be achieved and nothing is impossible in life.

PHOTOS by: AndreaEL Photography

Hours of work

During summer
Open seven days a week ring for winter hours


We are situated 22 km southeast of Invercargill on the Catlins Southern Scenic Route.
15 Ashers Road Kapuka, Invercargill

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