Discover the best of Clutha with our carefully crafted itineraries, direct from the district's local experts that cater to your every interest. From scenic drives and hiking trails to captivating heritage sites and thrilling outdoor activities, Clutha has something for everyone. Start planning your unforgettable journey today!
Day One: Lawrence and Gabriel’s Gully
You haven’t seen the South until you’ve seen Lawrence. Lawrence is the site of one of the world’s largest and fastest ever gold rushes.
Additional Itinerary: Clutha Gold Cycling and Walking Trail
The best way to truly soak up the rich heritage is to get out and about on the Clutha Gold Cycling and Walking Trail. You can start (or finish) the trail in Lawrence.
Day Two: Tuapeka Mouth, Kākā Point and Nugget Point
Don’t miss a trip on Clutha’s free ferry, the Tuapeka Punt powered by the flow of the mighty Clutha River. Kākā Point and Nugget Point - a picturesque seaside village at the Northern edge of The Catlins, famous for its surfing and spectacular scenery.
Day Three: The Catlins - Ōwaka and Surrounds
Cannibal and Surat Bay are renowned as some of the best places to see sea lions in The Catlins. Lush rainforest, spectacular valleys, white sandy beaches and a large tidal lake surround Catlins biggest town, Ōwaka.
Day Four: The Catlins - Papatowai to Curio Bay
Papatowai - enjoy the small settlement where forest meets the sea. En route to Curio Bay, don’t miss Florence Hill Lookout, Cathedral Caves (seasonal), and McLean Falls.
Walk on The Wild Side
Follow the Southern Scenic Route through The Catlins.
Check out a number of waterfalls throughout the Clutha District.
Olden and Golden
Take a stroll down memory lane through Lawrence the hub of Otago gold mining during the 1890's.
You can't beat the blues - head to the stunning rural West Otago town of Tapanui.
Soak up Clutha's rich history starting at the Tuapeka Mouth Punt.
Desert Island Dreams
Follow the stunning Catlins Coast from Kākā Point to Cathedral Caves - you won't be disappointed.