Clutha Attractions

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Looking for things to do in Clutha? Make sure you experience some of these activities.

Purakaunui Falls, Clutha

By Gary Stockton

Marvel at the three-tiered waterfall in the Catlins

Ancient natural beauty

  • Pause for a picnic at pretty Lake Waihola
  • Visit the 25 million-year-old whale and dolphin fossils near Milburn
  • Drive the Catlins Coastal Heritage Trail, a series of walks and places of interest linked by short, easy drives
  • Walk the Catlins River-Wisp Loop Track, a five-hour walk through ancient forests, over rushing rivers and past delicate orchids
  • Visit the Purakaunui Falls, a spectacular waterfall surrounded by bush that falls over 3 distinct tiers
  • Head to Jack’s Blowhole during high tide to see waves explode through a hole in the rocks
  • 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

  • Try your hand at gold panning in Lawrence, a town steeped in gold rush heritage.
  • Cycle the Clutha Gold Trail through gold mining towns and sites of early Maori heritage.
  • Visit Balclutha and marvel at the Clutha River that runs through it, which brought prosperity to the town with the discovery of gold.


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, Hooker’s sea lions, sea elephants and rare penguins
  • Spot rare birds with a walk in the Catlins Forest Park
  • Take a horse ride along beaches, through native forest and along beautiful farmland.

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