Looking for a fun and exciting way to spend time with your family in the Clutha District?

Look no further than the many family-friendly activities available in this beautiful area! From exploring nature in The Catlins to trying out the playgrounds and skate parks, there's something for everyone in the family.


1. If your young kids are itching to get on wheels

Head over to one of the junior bike parks in Milton and Balclutha. These parks offer a safe and controlled environment for kids to learn and practice their biking skills. Whether they're just starting out or ready for a challenge, there's a trail for every skill level.

Balclutha Junior Bike Park

2. If you're feeling more adventurous

Check out the Clutha Gold Cycling and Walking Trail. With both long and short routes available, there's something for everyone in the family. Explore the stunning scenery and historic sites while getting some exercise and fresh air.

Clutha Gold Cycling and Walking Trail

3. For the older kids who prefer a more urban adventure

Check out the skate parks in Lawrence or Kaitangata. These popular spots for local youth offer a place to show off their skills and meet new friends. Don't have a skateboard? No problem! The parks are also a great place to hang out and watch the action.

Kaitangata Skate Park

4. If you're looking for a more relaxed activity

Head to Naish Park and visit the bird aviary in Balclutha. With a variety of feathered friends, including ducks and parrots, your family will enjoy learning about these fascinating creatures. Plus, with a playground and duck pond nearby, the park is the perfect place to spend an afternoon.

Naish Park Aviary, Balclutha

5. For those who love the great outdoors

Lawrence has plenty of options. Take a short walk around the Bellview Wetlands on weekends, where you'll see a variety of birdlife and plants. For a more hands-on experience, try your luck at gold panning in Gabriels Gully or have a picnic at Greys Dam.

Entry to Gabriels Gully, Lawrence

6. One unique activity you won't want to miss

Hop on board Clutha's free Punt ferry at Tuapeka Mouth and experience the tranquility of the river as you cross to the other side. It's a fun way to see the area from a different perspective.

The Punt at Tuapeka Mouth

7. If you're up for a scenic walk

There are plenty of options throughout The Catlins' area. Nugget Point Lighthouse and Pūrākaunui Falls are two of our favorite short walks that are pram accessible and suitable for little legs.

Nugget Point Lighthouse, The Catlins

8. While the water may be chilly...

Te beaches throughout The Catlins offer plenty of opportunities to play and explore. Kākā Point is a popular spot for building sandcastles and enjoying the beach atmosphere.

Kākā Point Beach, The Catlins

9. Don't forget...

to say hello to the local wildlife at Surat Bay and Cannibal Bay, where New Zealand sea lions can often be spotted. It's a rare and thrilling experience that your family will never forget.

Surat Bay, The Catlins

10. Finally, 

head to the Florence Hill Lookout for breathtaking views of Tautuku Bay and its peninsula. The lookout is an excellent spot for a family photo, and kids will love running around and exploring the area down below at Tautuku Bay.

Florence Hill Lookout, The Catlins

The Catlins offers a wide range of family-friendly activities, from educational exhibits to outdoor adventures. With so much to see and do, it's the perfect destination for a family getaway. So what are you waiting for? Start planning your adventure today!

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