Unique and unspoiled, Clutha has amazing wildlife, wonderful waterfalls, beautiful beaches along with a rich gold mining heritage.
Clutha lies on the east coast of the South Island with a rugged splendour and charm that showcases real rural New Zealand at its regal best. A captivating coastline where the animals still rule along with vibrant rivers boasting some of the finest fishing. Relaxed farming communities dot the rolling countryside with New Zealand’s largest, fastest river, named after Clutha itself, weaving an emerald ribbon through the region.
The enchanting Catlins, a world of lush forest and cascading waterfalls, is easily accessed on foot. Perfect for those in search of wild, untouched places, the Catlins is the jewel of the Clutha region and offers a wealth of walking tracks to explore more. Journey to Nugget Point and you’ll see fur seals, Hooker’s sea lions, sea elephants and rare penguins in the wild. While here, walk the track to the huge lighthouse. Perched on the edge of a cliff high above the coast, it makes for a beautiful photo – especially at sunset. Combine this with a visit to Cathedral caves which soar skywards from the sandy shore, and your visit becomes a unique experience you’ll never forget.
Don’t miss the charming coastal town of Kaka Point or the original gold rush town of Lawrence. The Clutha Gold Trail, an easy 2-day cycling experience, threads its way through the region and showcases early Maori and gold mining heritage. Opportunities for fishing, hiking and mountain biking abound.
A great driving option is the Southern Scenic Route. Starting in Dunedin and finishing in Queenstown, this coastal drive features stunning scenery while winding its way through some of the highlights of the Clutha region.