Set in the heart of the Clutha region, where is Balclutha, 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. 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.