Clutha Attractions

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Clutha has an amazing array of attractions and activities to explore and experience.

Purakaunui Falls , Clutha

By Clutha Tourism

Marvel at the three-tiered waterfall in Clutha

Ancient natural beauty

  • Pause for a picnic at pretty Lake Waihola, the country’s most inland tidal lake.
  • Wander through the wonderful Sinclair wetlands, a true community success story.
  • Visit the 25 million-year-old whale and dolphin fossils near Milburn
  • Walk the Catlins River-Wisp Loop Track, a five-hour walk through ancient forests, over rushing rivers and past delicate orchids
  • Visit a wonderful world of waterfalls with Purakaunui Falls, a spectacular triple tiered cascade waterfall surrounded by lush rainforest, the most famous of the six sites
  • Enjoy the amazing acoustics and grandeur of Cathedral Caves one of the planet’s largest sea cave complexes
  • Take a guided walk on the Catlins Traverse, a 3 night, 2 day guided walk through stunning forest & farmland


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Mata-Au River, Clutha

By Clutha Gold Trail

The trail follows the beautiful Clutha Mata-Au River

Gold mining heritage

  • Soak up the heritage of one of the original gold rush towns where that pioneer spirit still crackles through the air.
  • Cycle the Clutha Gold Trail along New Zealand’s mightiest river through gold mining towns and sites of early Maori heritage.
  • Visit Gabriels Gully where the first big nugget was found in 1861 sparking one of the largest and fastest ever gold rushes.


Roaring Bay Yellow eyed penguins , Clutha

By Destination Clutha

Yellow eyed penguins (hoiho) are one of the rarest penguins in the world

Fascinating wildlife

  • Journey to Nugget Point to see fur seals, the world’s most endangered sea lions, one of the rarest penguins and the smallest dolphins.
  • Rare birdlife and birdsong in the rainforests of the Catlins Conservation park
  • The rightly renowned Surat and Cannibal bays to spot seals
  • Take a horse ride along along deserted beaches, through native forest and along beautiful farmland.

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