Tahora, Otago

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Tahora is[citation needed] located in the Otago region of New Zealand's South Island, some two kilometres north of Owaka, close to the Owaka River.

From 16 December 1895 until 27 February 1971,[citation needed] the village was served by the Catlins River Branch railway that diverged from the Main South Line in Balclutha. It acted as the railway's terminus for just over six months, from when the line from Glenomaru opened until another section to Owaka was added on 22 June 1896. Today, little remains of the railway besides the line's old formation, though nearby is the Hunts Road tunnel that can be walked.

The railway station was renamed Parae to avoid confusion with Tahora in North Island.[1] It was known as Parae by at least December 1918.[2]


  1. ^ "Locations N – Q". Balclutha Branch, New Zealand Society of Genealogists. 6 July 2012. Retrieved 31 January 2016. 
  2. ^ "Public works estimates". Otago Daily Times. 6 December 1918. p. 6. Retrieved 31 January 2016. Dutton Bridge to Parae railway station