If you love the water then you will love Kaitangata or “Kai” as it is affectionately known for its boating, fishing and seasonal whitebaiting. The town lies near the coast in South Otago.

Nearby Lake Tuakitoto and the small island of Inch Clutha are a bird watchers delight with ducks, wild geese and even herons.

Black gold or coal was traditionally the mainstay of the small town’s economy and they are still mining there today.

The close-knit community put on a range of events like the Kai Car Show and have a local pub and shop.

It is a short drive from Balclutha or you can access the area via the Forgotten Coastal Highway.

Things to do in Kaitangata