Getting around the Clutha District

Distances and Driving times

  Milton Balclutha Ōwaka Lawrence Tapanui
55 km 
(45 mins)

30 km 
(25 mins)

48 km 
(40 mins)

85 km 
(1 hr 5)

40 km 
(30 mins)
92 km 
(1 hr 10)

70 km 
(55 mins)

87 km 
(1 hr 10)

54 km 
(40 mins)
38 km 
(30 mins)

(45 mins)

86 km 
(1 hr 5)
56 km 
(45 mins)

31 km 
(25 mins)

25 km 
(20 mins)



Electric Vehicle Charging Stations


It is easy to get to the Clutha District - see distances and drive times below.

Dunedin Airport - Balclutha 57 km north (45 minute drive)
Invercargill Airport - Balclutha 130 km south (1 hour 40 drive)
Queenstown Airport - Balclutha 223 km via Central Otago (2 hr 50 minute drive)


Car Rentals

You can rent cars and vans (not camper) in Balclutha at Balclutha Mitsubishi 


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

Milton is on both the above Intercity bus routes as well as the route between Dunedin and Queenstown.

The Bottom Bus & Catlins Coaster: this tourist service links you to the Clutha District, through to The Catlins going along the Southern Scenic Route between Dunedin and Invercargill.


Cellular Coverage

The Clutha District is all about getting off the beaten track for that unique and unspoilt experience.

You may not get cell phone or internet coverage in some parts of The Catlins and Lawrence.

Don’t see it as a disadvantage, you can be truly off the grid!


Rubbish & Recycling

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.

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