Clutha News & Blog
Access to the Cathedral Caves is now CLOSED for the winter. The Caves will reopen in late October, subject to suitable beach conditions.
Tapanui AKA Millhaven, quiet American town and home of Petes Dragon - check it out here
The chance to snap the Nugget Point lighthouse at night is drawing photographers from near and wide, locals say.
Great to see the old locomotive Passchendaele steam into Balclutha today. Click on the link to check out the video on Destination Clutha Facebook page
The Nugget Point Lighthouse is one of the 7 Epic must-see spots Instagram spots in New Zealand. Check it out on the Tourism New Zealand website 100% pure New Zealand or come visit @CluthaNZ
Balclutha set in the heart of the Clutha region, the town of Balclutha lies 80km southwest of Dunedin, 45 minutes from Dunedin International Airport. Spanning the banks of the mighty Clutha River, Balclutha is home to the 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.
Work to extend sealing on the Nuggets Rd near Kaka Point could begin next summer. The New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) included a tourist route dubbed the ''Southern Penguin Scenic Journey'' in the Catlins. A $2.6 million seal extension to the Nuggets Rd and a $4 million investment to seal the Catlins route from Curio Bay to Haldane, in Southland, were included. Making Nugget Point more accessible to visitors was ''really important'' for the growing Clutha tourism industry.
Cycling The Clutha Gold Trail. Offering a unique heritage experience set within diverse and stunning landscapes. Ride alongside the powerful Clutha Mata-au River, through a secluded valley and gorge network and into lush green farmland. Open all year round, the 73km trail will take between two to four days to complete. It is an easy grade trail that is full of variety, from undulating to flat to meandering.
MEDIA RELEASE: The Catlins open for business despite road closure.
Chaslands Highway is closed from Papatowai due to a slip.
Traffic is being diverted down Tahakopa Valley Road.
The road is also closed from the Niagara-Tokanui Highway and Chaslands Highway intersection.
The slip has occurred in Southland District Council’s roading area.
Southland Council group manager services and assets Ian Marshall said contractors are on site now and there may be some issues for residents, but safety is paramount.
Photo courtesy of Southland District Council