Clients that love to explore will enjoy driving lesser-known roads in the region, which are accessible by road or air. 

By Road

The main town in the region is Balclutha. Many will choose to take the lesser-known roads to see the extensive scenery.

Approx drive time and distances to other cities:




Approx Drive Time

Balclutha to Gore (via SH1)



57 mins

Balclutha to Dunedin (via SH1)



1 hour 8 mins

Balclutha to Invercargill (via Southern Scenic Route)



2 hours 31 mins

Balclutha to Te Anau (via Gore & SH1)



2 hours 40 mins

Balclutha to Queenstown (via Lawrence)



3 hours 8 mins

Balclutha to Te Anau (via Southern Scenic Route)



4 hours 36 mins

Balclutha to Queenstown (via Southern Scenic Route)



6 hours 53 mins

Your clients can get around the North Island by coach with InterCity Coachlines or a number of other suppliers.

Driving Routes
Take the Southern Scenic Route to take an inland route via Aoraki Mt Cook when getting to Queenstown.

You can also get to Clutha and the Catlins from Queenstown via other routes, such as the Goldfields Heritage Trails, taking in Cromwell, Clyde, Alexandra and Lawrence. If coming from Christchurch however, clients will take State Highway 1 through Dunedin or through an inland route.

By Air

Dunedin airport offers both short international flights as well as many domestic flights.

Airlines flying into Dunedin include:
Air New Zealand
Mainland Air

Approx flying time to other cities:


Approx Flying Time

Dunedin to Christchurch

45 mins

Dunedin to Wellington

1 hour - 2 hours 15 mins

Dunedin to Auckland

1 hour 45 mins – 3 hours

Getting to and from the airport
Dunedin airport is approximately 50 minutes' drive from Balcutha.

Getting Around Clutha and the Catlins

Getting around the town centres is easy by foot, however a rental car is recommended to get to other areas. Rental cars are available at both Dunedin and Queenstown airports.

Clients can also see many of the sights by organising a scheduled tour from many of the accommodation operators.  

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