Respect our wildlife
Clutha’s coastal wildlife species provide fantastic viewing
opportunities, but please respect their space.
• Fur seals and sea lions - The recommended safe viewing
distance is 20m.
• Yellow-eyed penguins - Stay well away and out of their sight.
Do not approach or follow them.
It is an offence to disturb or harass wildlife. Where available,
use the viewing hides provided. Look for brochures that provide
more information about the wildlife you may encounter.
If you see people camping in non-permitted areas, or
causing problems contact the Clutha District Council on
0800 801 350
Please report any parking hazards, or vehicles behaving
recklessly on beaches to the New Zealand Police at *555
or 03 418 0203.
For concerns related to wildlife and conservation phone
the Department of Conservation:
• General conservation matters – 03 477 0677
• Wildlife emergencies – 0800 362 468
For emergency services phone 111
CAMPING IN CLUTHA
Bikes on board
The Beaumont-Lawrence section of the Clutha Gold cycling and
walking trail will open in 2013 and will be accessible to campers.
Trout and salmon are sure to be biting in the Clutha, Waipahi,
Pomahaka, Tuapeka and Catlins Rivers. Other notable freshwater
fishing spots include the Owaka, Waitahuna, Tokomairiro and
Leithen Burn rivers. Fishing licences are available from your local
information centre. Alternatively, try surf casting at the various
beaches down the coast.
Some of New Zealand’s best kept surfing secrets are in Clutha Country,
including Toko Mouth, Kaka Point, and Cannibal and Purakaunui bays.
Motorists should take extra caution on the road to Cannibal Bay
which is gravel and extremely narrow in places.
The Tuapeka Mouth Punt operates daily, free of charge, between
8am and 10am, and 4pm and 6pm, when conditions are suitable.
The punt can take motorhomes/campervans up to about 2.7 tonnes.
However, with changing river levels, the ramp to get on and off the punt
can be a determining factor on whether they can be loaded or not.
Clutha Country’s many distinct and
diverse areas, rich in natural and scenic
landscapes, coastlines and wide-open
spaces are well-suited to campers.
Having guidelines for campers allows
this form of tourism and recreation
to continue, and provides some
protection to our community’s natural
environment, by minimising littering
and dumping of toilet wastes.
Where can you camp
There are some great places to stay in Clutha Country and we
welcome responsible campers who are prepared to look after our
unique natural environment and follow some simple rules.
Camping is permitted in any designated camping ground for all types
of camping – tents, campervans, sleeper vans and vehicles. See map
inside this brochure for locations.
If your campervan is fully self contained (with a toilet, wastewater
and rubbish facilities on-board) then you may camp overnight for
free on most land administered by Council away from the town
centres and residential areas. Some public land is excluded however.
Please observe all no camping signs.
If you do not have a fully self-contained campervan then please
stay at a camping ground if you wish to camp.
Camping in The Catlins
The Catlins is a popular and frequently visited area of Clutha Country. Its
unique and fragile coastlines and ecosystem are home to endangered
wildlife and bird species. Please camp only in permitted areas.
There are three Department of Conservation (DOC) camping grounds in
Clutha Country (Tawanui, Purakaunui Bay, and Papatowai), all of which
are located in The Catlins and are relatively cheap to stay at. These are
all standard campsites with a limited range of facilities and services,
including toilets, water supply and vehicle access.
See map inside this brochure for locations of DOC sites and various
other private camping grounds within Clutha Country.
Why we need rules around freedom camping
These rules are designed to assist with the protection of our natural
environment and the sustainability of this tourism activity for years
to come. Further general information about freedom camping is
available on www.camping.org.nz
If freedom camping, we ask that you please:
• Stay away from the town centres, residential areas and prohibited
camping areas (see right).
• Stay a maximum of three nights in any four-week period at any
one single location.
• Dispose of your wastewater at one of the waste disposal dump stations.
• Put your rubbish in bins provided within the town centres or at
the Council transfer stations.
• Do not light any fires.
• Leave the area as you found it, free of litter and damage.
• Comply with any request to move on by an Authorised Officer.
Please note that breaching any of these rules can result in an instant
fine or prosecution. Instant fines start from $500.
Prohibited camping areas:
• Public places in any urban area. This includes the townships of
Balclutha, Clinton, Kaitangata, Kaka Point, Lawrence, Milton,
Owaka, Papatowai, Pounawea, Stirling, Taieri Mouth, Tapanui
and Waihola. This prohibition does not apply to any signposted
designated camping or freedom camping sites in those urban areas.
• All areas where “No Camping” signs are displayed.
• The foreshore area between Kaka Point and The Nuggets.
Rubbish & Recycling
Please put your rubbish in bins provided within town centres or at
one of the Council transfer stations. Transfer stations are located
in most urban townships in the district. Here you can drop off
recyclables for free, or dispose of rubbish for a fee. Please visit one
of the information centres to find out the opening hours and fees for
Clutha Gold Trail
Lake Waihola Holiday Park, 03 417 8908, dump station,
Taieri Mouth Beach Holiday Camp, 67 Moturata Rd, 027 890 2346.
Taylor Park Camping Ground, Main Rd, 03 417 8109, dump station.
Balclutha Motor Camp, 56 Charlotte St, 03 418 0088, dump station $5 or
guests free, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.balcluthamotorcamp.co.nz
Public dump station, Triangle Reserve on Anzac St, free
Black Gully Recreation Reserve, 03 204 2187 or 027 234 1002
Tapanui Motor Camp, Northumberland St, 03 204 8212 or 0274 952
795, email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org,
Free public dump station, Bushyhill Street
The Beaumont Holiday Park, 1987 Beaumont Highway (SH8), 03 485
9431, dump station free for guests, email@example.com,
Gold Park Motor Camp, 1 Harrington St, 03 485 9850,
Free public dump station, SH8, Lawrence, across from Police Station.
Kaitangata Riverside Motor Camp, 20 Water St, 03 413 9219,
Clutha I-SITE Visitor Centre
4 Clyde St, Balclutha
Ph: 03 418 0388
Fax: 03 418 1877
Catlins Information Centre &
10 Campbell St, Owaka
Ph/Fax: 03 415 8371
Milton Information Centre
53 Union St, Milton
Ph/Fax: 03 417 7480
Lawrence Information Centre
17 Ross Place, Lawrence
Ph/Fax: 03 485 9222
Main Touring Route
Distance in Kilometres
Southern Scenic Route
Other Touring Roads
Please note, public places in urban areas, as well as anywhere else ‘No
Camping’ signs are displayed are also prohibited camping areas.
Tapanui Service Centre,
Information Centre & Library
1 Suffolk St, Tapanui
Ph: 03 204 8306
Fax: 03 204 8302
Kaka Point Camping Ground, 39 Tarata St, 03 412 8801, dump station,
YHA Catlins Coast and Camp Ground, corner Ryley and Clark streets,
Owaka, 03 415 8333, firstname.lastname@example.org, dump station free for
guests, $5 non-guests.
Catlins Inn, 21 Ryley St, Owaka, 03 415 8350, dump station,
Free public dump station, Inn St, Owaka
Keswick Park Camping Ground, Park Lane, Pounawea, 03 419 1110,
dump station, email@example.com, www.pounawea.co.nz
Pounawea Motor Camp, Park Lane, firstname.lastname@example.org,
03 415 8483, dump station.
Newhaven Holiday Park, 324 Newhaven Rd, Surat Bay, 03 415 8834,
email@example.com, dump station free for guests.
DOC Tawanui Campsite, Morris Saddle Rd, www.doc.govt.nz
DOC Purakaunui Bay Campsite, Purakaunui Bay Rd, www.doc.govt.nz
DOC Papatowai Campsite, Main road, www.doc.govt.nz
Whistling Frog Cafe & Holiday Park at McLean Falls, 7 Rewcastle Rd,
Chaslands, 03 415 8338, dump station free for guests, $5 non guests,
NB: Some private dump stations may incur a fee. Prices correct at 1 December 2012