Balclutha is now once again a growing town that over recent decades has suffered against a strong Dunedin and a progressive Gore.
The major service center for the fertile farming region around the lower reaches of the Clutha River, it is also the nearest large town to the Catlins, a scenic region of native forest, wildlife, and rugged coastline.
James McNeil from Bonn Hill, Dumbartonshire, Scotland, who is regarded as the town's founding father, arrived in 1853 - via Port Chalmers, NZ in 1849. His farm was on the site of the present town.
Balclutha is a town that deserves a good look in, not at least a walk across the bridge and a visit to the Museum.