Clutha
           
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General Information


Located on the bottom eastern side of New Zealand’s South Island, the Clutha District offers sweeping river valleys, rolling green hills, rocky coastline and clean rivers. Driving into Balclutha, one will cross the impressive concrete arched bridge spanning the Clutha River which is a source of pride for the district. Balclutha is the hub of the district. Less than an hour’s drive from Dunedin City and Gore.

History


The Clutha River is an important part of Balclutha’s history as it encouraged settlers to the area, brought prosperity with the discovery of gold and also tragedy with horrendous floods. The Clutha River has not always been known by this name. It was originally called Molyneux by Captain Cook in 1770, after the skipper of his ship, Robert Moulineax. To the local Māori, the Clutha was known as Mata-au (which means surface current) but was finally named Clutha (which is Gaelic for Clyde) by the Scottish settlers, after a river in their native country, the Clyde.



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Attractions


Traversed by the popular Southern Scenic Route, the Clutha District has a diverse range of attractions which are uniquely its own....from the historic gold town of Lawrence and the world class fishing waters of Tapanui to the internationally renowned Catlins area with its spectacular waterfalls, dense rainforest and indigenous wildlife. Here the natural beauty of the district is at its most striking.

Geography


The Clutha District is situated in the south east of the South Island, New Zealand. A temperate climate and rich soils allow farmers to raise some of the best sheep, cattle and deer anywhere.

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