Balclutha Things to Do

Spanning both banks of the mighty Clutha River, Balclutha’s impressive arched bridge links the town centre with State Highway 1. Nicknamed the Big River town, it lies at the junction of the Matau and Koau tributaries and makes an ideal base for anglers. The Clutha is one of New Zealand’s best brown trout rivers and, by taking any of several roads which radiate from the town, an angler can be making a cast in a river or stream in under half an hour.

Balclutha lies on the Southern Scenic Route, a popular scenic drive which curves around the lower part of the South Island. Just south of Balclutha, the route leads into the Catlins Coast, a magnificent combination of lofty native forest and rocky coastline where native wildlife such as yellow-eyed penguins (hoiho) fur seals and dolphins can be seen.