Fortification, New Zealand

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Fortification is located in New Zealand

Fortification is a locality in the western part of the Catlins region of Southland in New Zealand's South Island.[1] Nearby settlements include Quarry Hills and Waikawa to the southeast, Tokanui to the southwest, and Waimahaka to the west. It is over 50 km east of Southland's main centre, Invercargill.


To serve forestry interests in the Fortification area, a bush tramway was built in the mid-1920s. It ran from Te Peka railway station on the Tokanui Branch eastwards to a sawmill in Fortification, and then divided into a number of branches to logging sites. The tramway's date of closure is unknown, but it occurred prior to the closure of the Tokanui Branch on 31 March 1966.[2]


  1. ^ "Place Name Detail: Fortification". New Zealand Geographic Placenames Database. Land Information New Zealand. Retrieved 16 November 2007. 
  2. ^ New Zealand Railway and Tramway Atlas, fourth edition, edited by John Yonge (Essex: Quail Map Company, 1993), 30.

Coordinates: 46°18′S 168°36′E / 46.30°S 168.60°E / -46.30; 168.60