Balclutha is bisected by the mighty Clutha River, which is largest waterway in New Zealand by volume. The river is an important part of the town’s history - it encouraged farmers to the area and brought prosperity with the discovery of gold. As the largest town in South Otago, and the gateway to the Catlins coast, Balclutha has a range of shops and services. The Clutha River is open for salmon and trout fishing all year round. If you need to stretch your legs, the Blair Athol Walkway starts at Naish Park and takes you along the banks of the Clutha River to the Blair Athol farm. For a taste of country life, try a local farmstay. Functional facts: Approx. population 4100, i-SITE Visitor Centre, limited accommodation.