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 - Travel Door2Door from Invercargill or Bluff to Dunedin 7 days a week, twice daily Monday to Friday. Travel direct from Invercargill or Bluff to Queenstown 7 days, once a day Saturday to Thursday, twice on Friday. Late runs can also go through Gore – book early. Take the stress out of travelling – take Catch-a-Bus SOUTH.
Mobile-friendly - Quality, comfortable accommodation, great value for money. Choice of 16 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.
Windermere, a working alpaca and llama farm, is located in a beautiful scenic valley just 15 minutes south of Milton and 55 minutes south of Dunedin. Our guided farm tours allow you to meet, photograph and learn about our friendly llamas and curious alpacas in a relaxed, picturesque environment. Our farm shop has alpaca yarn, products & garments for sale.
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Food Lovers Masterclass - With Kate Meads
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Where: South Otago Town and Country Club, Balclutha, South Otago
Address: 1 Yarmouth Street, Balclutha, South Otago
From: 6:30pm on Tuesday 16th April 2019
To: 8:30pm on Tuesday 16th April 2019
The Topp Twins - Heading for The Hills
Dames Lynda and Jools are heading for southern hills in the next leg of their Heading for the Hills Tour, which has taken the twins to most regions of New Zealand selling out shows in small halls and theatres. New ...
Where: Balclutha War Memorial Hall, Balclutha, South Otago
Address: 4 Clyde St, Balclutha, South Otago
From: 7:00pm on Sunday 26th May 2019
To: 10:00pm on Sunday 26th May 2019