Crossing the Clutha River brings you to the gateway of the South and the Catlins. Balclutha is traditionally a farming town and this is the place to get your road trip supplies, be it batteries, booze, fruit and vegies or a bite to eat. Dining-wise, you have several options, including the Captain’s Table (which also offers affordable accommodation), the Gateway Cafe which has a free wi-fi option and local art on display, or the popular Cafe 55. In addition, if you’re anything like this author, the shops like the town IT specialist, Techbox and Johnston Electrical are a good place to pick up those chargers and essential road trip electrics you forgot to pack. The local i-Site is a useful point to check into, to get additional local knowledge and to suss out the sights you need to see. Or, should you be one of the brave adventurers, boldly cycling in search of new experiences and the true, wild outdoors, then Suzuki Cycles is also a good place to put on your route for any repairs or bike issues you may have. Yet whether your Wild South trip is done on two wheels or four, our top pick is Rusticus, a gourmet pizza joint, offering pizzas made with local produce and traditional crusts. Good wholesome flavours, where you don’t have to use a microscope to find the meat.
Rusticus: Gourmet Pizzas favourites meat lover BBQ Chicken, Super Supreme.
Gluten Free bases vegetarian option and dessert pizzas.
Shop 8, 1 John Street 034180932
Balclutha, New Zealand Open 12-8 M-Sat.
Hotel Southland: All day cafe 7 days a week. Very affordable offer favorites
including blue cod salad, mixed grill, succulent chicken and many more treats.
16 pub rooms. Host live entertainment regular 18 gambling machines,
Cafe 55: Focus on Home made – lots of gluten free options.
55 Clyde St, Balclutha 9230 03-418 2156 Open 7 days
Gateway Cafe: Jewellery soaps gift ware – free wifi
Home made baking Jungle coffee – “awesome staff amazing boss”
47 Clyde Street, Balclutha 9230 Ph: 03-418 2030
9-2 ish Sat Sun.
Suzuki Bicycles; Avanti Scott bikes, parts & maintenance.
12 Elizabeth Street, Balclutha 9240 03-418 4672
Fruit & Vegs: GWS Fruit Supply Green Grocer
182 Clyde Street, Balclutha 9230 03 418 1126.
Tech Box IT: 1 John St Balclutha 9230
03-9766532 http://www.techbox.co.nz All You IT Needs catered for
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