Balclutha is a vibrant service centre for the district. The mighty Clutha River dominates the town centre with its well known arched bridge crossing the massive river. The river was originally the river road into the area encouraging farming and offering gold miners access to the interior. Stretch your legs and walk across the bowstring arch bridge. As you depart from Balclutha the Southern Scenic brown roadside signs will be prominently displayed. Follow this route for the Catlins.
Balclutha two things to do on a whistlestop tour of Balclutha.
Balclutha is home to several well stocked supermarkets, main street cafes where you can select goods for your hamper with treats for the road. Remember petrol stations are few and far between in The Catlins (Owaka has a transport fuel hub) otherwise you will be reliant on a full tank of petrol BEFORE you start the journey.
Kids have googled Dollyworld (private museum of plush toys, stuffed animals and dolls + handmade crafty goods) and want to visit. It appears the toy museum is now closed. The private home of Ross and Chrystle Collis was fully occupied with thousands of collected toys.
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