With its attractive location enabling it to fully take advantage of boating, seasonal whitebaiting and fishing, Kaitangata is the ideal retreat for those who love the water. If nature watching is your thing, then nearby Lake Tuakitoto and the small island of Inch Clutha are both favoured breeding grounds for ducks, wild geese and the occasional heron. Coal mining was the mainstay of the town’s economy from the 1870s, until the last state-owned underground mine closed in 1972.

However, several open cast mines persevered, such as the Kai Point mine operated by the Kai Point Coal Company, established in 1953 and still going strong today.

Kaitangata’s proud and close-knit community has adapted to the ever-shifting sands of commerce and today boasts a range of business enterprises and an enthusiastic promotions group, providing local cultural, sporting and heritage resources, and hosting a range of events.