Set in the heart of the Clutha region, Balclutha is 80km southwest of Dunedin, 45 minutes from Dunedin International Airport. Spanning the banks of the mighty Clutha River, Balclutha is home to an impressive arched concrete bridge that links the town. It is the commercial centre of a prosperous farming area, and is also on the Southern Scenic Route, a touring route which curves its way around the lower South Island.
Balclutha has excellent recreational facilities, including golf, swimming and indoor sports. Visit Naish Park with its tranquil duck pond and aviary, the park is also the starting point for the Blair Athol Walkway, leading to an amazing rhododendron dell. more
Open 364 days a year, the Clutha i-SITE located on Balclutha’s main street offers friendly up-to-date information. Take time to explore the diverse range of shops, including boutiques, sporting stores and giftware, or sample rural hospitality in one of the many cafes and eateries. Balclutha is aptly nicknamed “Big River Town”, after its outstanding natural feature, the Clutha River, but it wasn’t always known as the Clutha.
Early Maori knew the river as ‘te awa Mata-au’ or ‘the river with surface current’. The future settlers finally agreed on the ‘Clutha’, deriving from the Gaelic Cluaidh – in honour of the Clyde River in Scotland. Balclutha is an ideal place to take a break from your travels, or as a base for exploring the offerings of the Clutha region.
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Mobile-friendly - Tours available from half-day to multi-day tours throughout Southland including Catlins, Milford Sound, Te Anau, Western Southland, Bluff and Invercargill. Travel Door2Door, return trip from central suburbs of Invercargill, Queenstown, Wanaka, Dunedin and Bluff, including Stewart Island ferry transfers. Standard price tours are open for multi-bookings or we can offer an exclusive option. No cancellations due to limited numbers.
Mobile-friendly - Quality, comfortable accommodation, great value for money. Choice of 18 spacious self contained units with cooking facilities. Accessible units. Ample off-street parking. 3 minute walk to town. The gateway to Catlins and Southern Scenic Route. Relax in comfort and enjoy your stay at the Highway Lodge Motel in Balclutha, just 40 minutes from Dunedin Airport.
Kaka Point Camp Ground is surrounded by beautiful coastal remnant bush with a lot of native animals and birds. Different types of accommodation, cabins, sheltered tent and power sites are available. We have many different activities to do around the area and are only a 10-minute drive from Roaring Bay, the home of the yellow eyed penguins.
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