Bridging the mighty Clutha - Roadside Stories

A Manatū Taonga audio guide to the River Clutha.

Check out the Ministry for Culture and Heritage's audio guide to Balclutha in the Video tab.

Balclutha began life as ‘The Ferry’, the site of a ferry crossing on the mighty Clutha River from 1852. Gold brought new settlers, and a bridge was built, but was lost – along with four others further upstream – in a flood in 1878. The current bridge opened in 1935, prompting four days of celebration by delighted locals.

South Otago
Clutha River/Mata-Au
Notable bridges
Clutha bridges

Roadside Stories are a series of audio guides to places of interest on major road trips in New Zealand. Each guide tells the story of an attraction along the way – its people, its history, its cultural and natural significance. For more information about Roadside Stories visit