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Balclutha Activities

Balclutha - the Gaelic name for "Town on the Clyde" is situated on the banks of the mighty Clutha River.

Balclutha is also the gateway to the Catlins Coast and Southern Scenic Route. Balclutha is approximately 80km to Dunedin (1 hour travelling time), and 55km to Dunedin Airport (45min travelling time).

While in Balclutha you might like to:

  • Catch a trout, rainbow trout or salmon in the Clutha River
  • Jet-boat ride up/down the river
  • Take a leisurely walk along the banks of the river known as the Blair Athol Walkway
  • Visit Peggydale – the tourist centre of South Otago where you can peruse a large selection of NZ souvenirs
  • Take a drive along the river to visit the Tuapeka Punt and continue your drive to Beaumont and return
  • South Otago Museum has heaps of history

Visit any of the little towns within the Clutha Country District

  • Lake Waihola – an inland tidal lake famous for reflections and black swans
  • Lawrence – an area rich in gold-mining history
  • Beaumont – a good example of a country pub
  • Kaitangata – has rich coal mining heritage and is suited to fishing and whitebaiting opportunities
  • Tapanui – access to recreational park of Blue Mountains
  • Owaka – magnificent museum & information centre
  • Clinton – three Clydesdale horses represent the country "agriculture background" plus sheep, deer and dairy farming

The Catlins and Southern Scenic Route

  • A place of great natural beauty, where dense native forest gives way to open scrub country, with inlets, rocky coastal bays, sandy beaches, estuaries and deep valleys
  • Experience the wildlife – eg yellow-eyed penguins, fur seals, Hooker's sea lions, all in their natural surroundings
  • Seabirds, native birds (tui, bellbird, native pigeons) can all be seen throughout the area
  • View the many white-sand beaches scattered along the rugged coastline
  • Marvel at the spectacular scenery as you travel these unique places – many still in their natural untouched beauty

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