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Clutha’s capital sits on the banks of the mighty Clutha river and Balclutha’s bridge is one of the south’s best known landmarks. It is Clutha’s commercial centre with a major supermarket and good range of other shops.

The town has excellent recreational facilities with golf, swimming and an indoor sports centre. If you fancy a stroll then saunter through the Blair Athol Walkway, which leads to an amazing rhododendron dell.

Balclutha is aptly called “Big River Town” but it wasn’t always named after the Clutha with early Maori calling it “te awa Mata-au” or “the river with surface current”. Scottish settlers decided to change it using a word derived from their native gaelic.

Things to do in Balclutha

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