Unique & Unspoilt
Unique, Unspoilt & Undiscovered
Get well and truly off the beaten track and dare to dream!
Lying between the southern cities of Dunedin and Invercargill is Clutha - New Zealand’s hidden gem.
This part of world famous Otago is all about stunning scenery, wonderful wildlife, heritage and history.
The southern scenic route sweeps down to “the Catlins”, where rainforest meets the sea in a unique and unspoilt eco destination;
“an extraordinary enchanting world of waterfalls, coastal cliffs, beautiful beaches, bush and birdsong where penguins, fur seals, dolphins and sea lions frolic in the surf.”
The triple tiered Purakaunui falls could have been plucked from the pages of a fairytale, panoramic views exhilarate at Nugget Point and you will be amazed by the acoustics of Cathedral Caves.
Further north charming Lawrence is the true heart of the region’s gold rush heritage and the start of the Clutha Cycle Trail. The air still crackles with that pioneer spirit.
Let’s not forget endless star studded skies, auroras, internationally renowned wetlands and whale fossils by the most inland tidal lake.
Oh and there is the oldest public punt in the southern hemisphere, which runs daily and is a free ferry!
Parks, Trails and Tours:
- Nugget Point -Spot Penguins, Seals, Dolphins and those famous gold nugget shaped rocks from this panoramic platform
- Clutha Gold Cycling & Walking Trail - Dramatic scenery, deep gorges, tunnels and heritage galore on this 2 day trail.
- Purakaunui Falls Enchanting triple tiered cascading waterfall is probably New Zealand’s most photographed.
- Lovely Lawrence - Charming heritage town was the original centre of one of the largest ever Gold rushes
- Gabriel’s Gully -Where the first major gold discovery was made back in 1861 sparking the huge Gold rush across Otago
- The Blue Mountains - Far from the madding crowds there are beautiful walks along the ridge tops with stunning views
- Cathedral Caves - Spectacular 30 metre high cliff caves with 200 metres of sea tunnels with amazing acoustics
- Lake Waihola and Sinclair Wetlands - The country’s furthest inland tidal lake is an internationally important wildlife haven
- The Lost Gypsy Gallery - A hidden treasure where imagination, humour and creativity rule.
- The Tuapeka Mouth Punt A free daily ferry on the mighty Clutha river - the only one of its kind left in the Southern hemisphere