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It is easy to get to the Clutha District, with two international airports close by. Dunedin Airport is on our doorstep with regular direct flights to Auckland and Brisbane, Australia.
Queenstown Airport is only a couple of hours drive away with great connections to Auckland, Wellington, Chistchurch and a number of Australian cities.
Balclutha has a bus stop on Intercity bus services which run from Dunedin to Invercargill, and Te Anau to Christchurch. Visit their website for more information www.intercity.co.nz/travel-info/timetable/lookup/bal
Milton is on both the above Intercity bus routes as well as the route between Dunedin and Queenstown. www.intercity.co.nz/travel-info/timetable/lookup/mil
The Bottom Bus & Catlins Coaster: this tourist service links you to the Clutha District, through to The Catlins headfirsttravel.com/local-legends/bottom-bus going along the Southern Scenic Route between Dunedin and Invercargill.
The Clutha District is all about getting off the beaten track for that unique and unspoilt experience.
Don’t see it as a disadvantage, you can be truly off the grid!
We are lucky to have amazing wildlife in Clutha, particularly in The Catlins, be sure to respect their space.
We recommend that you don't approach, disturb or tease these animals, remember that this is their home.
Where can you camp in the Clutha District?
There are some great places to stay in Clutha and we welcome responsible campers who are prepared to look after our unique natural environment and follow some simple rules. Camping is permitted in any designated camping ground for all types of camping in tents, campervans, sleeper vans and vehicles. If your campervan is fully self-contained (i.e. has a toilet, wastewater and rubbish facilities on-board) then you can camp overnight for free on most land administered by Council away from the town centres and residential areas. Some public land is excluded however. Please observe all 'no camping' signs. If you do not have a fully self-contained campervan, please stay at a camping ground.
The Catlins is a popular and frequently visited area of the Clutha District. Its unique, fragile coastlines and ecosystem are home to endangered wildlife and bird species. Please camp in permitted areas only. There are three Department of Conservation (DOC) camping grounds Tawanui, Purakaunui Bay, and Papatowai, all of which are located in The Catlins, which are only a small cost per night. They are all standard campsites with a limited range of facilities and services, including toilets, water supply and vehicle access.
These guidelines are designed to assist with the protection of our natural environment, and the sustainability of tourism activity for years to come. Further general information about freedom camping is available at www.camping.org.nz
If you are freedom camping, we ask that you please:
If you love to fish then there are plenty of options in Clutha, Otago and Southland. Not to boast but we do have some of the best fly fishing in New Zealand.
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The Southern Hemisphere’s oldest public punt can take campervans weighing up to 2.7 tonnes but it always depends on river levels as the ferry does literally go with the flow!
Please look after our lovely environment and put your rubbish in the bin. You will find rubbish bins in every town in the Clutha District.
Ask our friendly information centres about where you can get rid of recyclables for free.
They can also tell you where you can dispose of other rubbish and what it will cost.