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Things to See and Do in Balclutha

Balclutha is on the banks of the Clutha River and is the Gateway to the Catlins Coast and Southern Scenic Route. Take in Kaka Point which is a seaside destination with patrolled beaches in summer. Its long white-sand beaches are great and you can explore the local wildlife and spectacular scenery. Also visit the rocky outcrop at Nugget Point Lighthouse with its dramatic sweeping views.

Experience wildlife such as yellow-eyed (hoiho) penguins, fur seals, and Hooker's sea lions in their natural surroundings. Sea birds and native birds are seen throughout the district. Bush walks, waterfalls, the Petrified Forest, Cathedral Caves, sea and ocean views are all to be seen on the Southern Scenic Route through Catlins.


Surat Bay
Surat Bay View the sea lions
Walk on the Cannibal Bay
Cannibal Bay Walk along historical Maori site
Visit Kaka Point
Kaka Point Visit the beach/township
Nugget Point
Nugget Point Lighthouse built in 1869
Jacks Bay
Jacks Bay Beach and walkway to the Blow Hole
McLean Falls
McLean Falls River Walk

See McLean Falls

Purakaunui Falls
Purakaunui Falls 10-minute walk with 2 lookouts
Tautuku Beach
Florence Hill Lookout Look over the beautiful Tautuku Beach
Tautuku Estuary Board Walk
Tautuku Estuary Board Walk Fern bird habitat
Cathedral Caves
Cathedral Caves A natural wonder
Niagara Falls
Niagara Falls Seeing is believing
See Hector's dolphins
Curio Bay A great place to see Hector's dolphins
Curio Bay
Petrified Forest from the Jurassic Age At Curio Bay
Seal Colony Fur seals at Nugget Point Lighthouse, 15-minute drive
Catlins District busk walks
Bush walks Numerous throughout the Catlins District
Blowhole View the blowhole with exploding waves at Jacks Bay
Tautuku Bay
Tautuku Bay 15-minute forest walk, Outdoor Education Centre
Nugget Lighthouse Reserve
Nugget Lighthouse Reserve View the rocky rugged outcrops