• Salmon and trout fishing
  • Blair Athol Walkway


  • by car:

    1 hr from Dunedin

  • by car:

    1 hr 30 min from Invercargill

The tranquil town of Balclutha famed for its mighty river, its beating heart and the arched bridge over it.

The mighty Clutha river, New Zealand’s most voluminous goes through the heart of Balclutha. The river is an important part of the town’s history - it encouraged farmers to the area and brought fame but mainly fortune with the discovery of gold.

As the largest town in the region, 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. 

Functional facts: Approx. population 4100, isite Visitor Centre, limited accommodation.

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