0800 404 909
The Clutha region is famed for its friendliness and hospitality. We are close to Dunedin (45 min) and Dunedin Airport (20 min) and within easy reach of Balclutha (20 min) and an ideal base for exploring the famed Catlins (55 min) on the southeast coast.
We're situated on the junction of State Highways 1 and 8, where the Southern Scenic Route joins the inland route to Central Otago and Queenstown.
Aotea Motor lodge is situated:
The Milton District is sustained by a vibrant economy that is based largely on the agriculture sector, and also contains several large and growing businesses that are at the forefront of their respective industries:
The Milton Museum & Information Centre is housed in an Art Deco building. The collections record local and colonial history relating to the district.www.milton-district.co.nz
The Butchery Museum is the biggest display of butchers' memorabilia in the Southern Hemisphere.
Walk the Millennium Track on the Taieri River, or try McNally Track which rises through bush and farmland to reach a panoramic view of the district. It's a 2.5 – 3hr walk for moderately fit walkers.www.walkingaccess.govt.nz
You can visit the old Mt Stewart Tunnel to see glowworms. The tunnel was constructed between 1875 and 1876 and measures 442 metres in length. The entrance is accessed by a reasonably easy walk that leads through native and exotic bush.www.milton-district.co.nz
The Sinclair Wetlands, near Lake Waihola, is one of the most significant wetland areas in the country, home to rare native bird, plant and fish species. The Sinclair wetlands is between the two lakes Waihola and Waipori and is used for educational study with a visitor centre, displays and resources available to schools and visitors.www.tenohoaka.org.nz
You can see 25-million-year-old whale and dolphin fossils excavated from the limestone deposits near Milburn, a few minutes' drive from Milton. Also on display is the pictorial history of the lime and phosphate working in the area.www.milton-district.co.nz
Lake Waihola, between Milton and Dunedin, is a very popular area for boating, lake fishing and swimming, as well as waterskiing, windsurfing, kayaking and rowing.www.milton-district.co.nz
Bull Creek and Toko Mouth, on the coast, are popular surf fishing spots. River fishing for trout and salmon is plentiful throughout the area, and you can hire a guide to show you the best spots.www.milton-district.co.nz
There is a 9-hole golf course at the Toko Golf Club, and several other country courses in the area.www.milton-district.co.nz
An hour's drive from Milton, the Catlins is famous world-over for its pristine beaches, nature walks, and wildlife. You can expect to see seabirds, seals and even sealions relaxing on the beaches at all times of the year. New Zealanders flock to the coastal beaches in the summer for boating, fishing, and surfing. Make the motel your base and spend a few days exploring the region – it will be well worth it!www.catlins.org.nz
The Lawrence Information Centre is open seven days a week. Learn about Gabriels Gulley where gold was first discovered, Genealogy Assistance, Miner's Licence Names and general information. The Goldfields Museum is open daily via the Information Centre and displays the life of the early settlers. Chinese Camp, situated on SH 8, is 2km from the township and is a protected archaeological site with plans for extensive development.www.lawrence.co.nz