Balclutha is a metropolis in Otago, lying in the direction of the end of the Clutha River, on the east coast of the South Island of New Zealand. It is about halfway among Dunedin and Invercargill on the Main South Line railway, State Highway 1 and the Southern Scenic Route. Balclutha has a populace of 3,990, and is the largest metropolis in South Otago. The Clutha District Council is based totally in Balclutha. The primary provider center for the fertile farming area across the lower reaches of the Clutha River, it's also the closest big town to the Catlins, a scenic region of local wooded area, flora and fauna, and rugged shoreline.
Known regionally as "Clutha", Balclutha's name and that of the river on which it stands reflects the Scottish foundation of the metropolis's settlement. The name comes from Scottish Gaelic and would be spelt Baile Cluaidh in that language; this translates into English as "Town at the Clyde". James McNeil from Bonn Hill, Dumbartonshire, Scotland, who's appeared as the town's founding father, arrived in 1853, via Port Chalmers in 1849.