Balclutha is a town in Otago, it lies towards the end of the Clutha River on the east coast of the South Island of New Zealand. It is about halfway between Dunedin and Invercargill on the Main South Line railway, State Highway 1, and the Southern Scenic Route. Balclutha is the largest town in South Otago.
It is 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. Known locally as just Clutha, Balclutha’s name—and that of the river on which it stands — reflects the Scottish origin of the town’s settlement, and translates from Scottish Gaelic as “Town on the Clyde”.
James McNeil from Bonn Hill, Dumbartonshire, Scotland—who is regarded as the town’s founding father—arrived in 1853. His farm was on the site of the present town, where he and the Provincial Government established a ferry service across the Clutha in 1857, and as a result the town was initially called Clutha Ferry.
The Māori name for the area is Iwikatea, literally “Bleached bones” where a local Māori tribal battle in 1750 left the decomposing bodies of the defeated, their bones whitened in the sun. The Clutha River flows through the town and is the largest river in New Zealand by volume of water, and the country’s second longest after the Waikato. It provides the town with various recreational facilities, including fishing for brown trout, water skiing, and power boating.
Including the environs of the Clutha itself, there are a number of other interesting natural features in and near Balclutha. Nearby at Benhar and Kaitangata is Lake Tuakitoto, and Matai Falls, a natural waterfall and scenic feature is in the Catlins.The Nuggets near Kaka Point are worth visiting. The Yellow-eyed Penguin also comes ashore for breeding in the Balclutha area at the edge of the Catlins.
Poller View Farmstay is a gay-owned and operated sheep and cattle Run. They are located en-route to Queenstown, Wanaka, the Southern ski fields, Milford Sounds, and Te Anau. Known as a Gateway to The Catlins with spectacular unspoilt coast line, an abundant array of marine life, native bird’s, and virgin forest, this is a nature lovers dream. The Homestead is large, centrally heated, offering guests modern, comfortable accommodation, a billiard room, spacious lounge, farm tour, and great country- style meals.
Optional dinners are available with advance bookings at approximately $40 per person which includes pre-dinner canapes and drinks followed by a two course country style dinner accompanied with wine.
They are located twenty minutes easy driving west of the towns Balclutha and Milton and fifty minutes from Dunedin Central Business District. The homestead is situated high on the elevated ‘flats country’ of Hillend district, in the heart of New Zealand’s finest open range grazing country. Poller View is a successful, large scale Charolais Beef Cattle Stud and Sheep grazing holding, offering guests a first hand, unique opportunity to experience life on a very busy operational Run.
This is a working farm property, so the day begins early. Breakfast is served at 7:30am, followed by the Farm Tour (if not done the afternoon prior upon arrival). Set in private gardens, the Homestead is large and centrally heated. Offering guests spacious comfortable accommodation plus a dry sauna, billiard room, private spa pool, and great rural hospitality.
Due to the secluded location, the home-cooked dinner is recommended for convenience and proximity.
Transfer pick-up from Balclutha, Milton, Dunedin, and Dunedin Airport is available, but charges may apply and are on a request basis.
Poller View being a successful, large scale Charolais Beef Cattle Stud and Sheep grazing holding offers gay visitors and guests a first hand opportunity to experience life on a very busy operational New Zealand farming station. This is a unique and memorable experience on any visit to New Zealand’s countryside.
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