Tuapeka Mouth Ferry - The Punt
Regular hours are 10am til 2pm, depending on conditions. There is no charge.
Closed on Christmas Day, Good Friday and ANZAC morning
The daily operation is hugely reliant on the water level and weather (particularly strong winds). Therefore we recommend phoning the punt shed 03 415 9068 and talking to the operator to confirm if it is operational. You can also visit the Tuapeka Mouth Ferry Facebook page for updates.
The volume of water in the river is based on what is released from Roxburgh Dam (which arrives 8 hours later), plus the runoff from the streams and rivers that feed into the Clutha River. The ferry can operate in the range of ~400-850 cumecs (give or take, depending on the wind strength and direction).
If you have a large group wishing to visit please provide plenty of advance warning. Also, if you have a large group and wish to visit outside normal hours, contact James Allison email: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 0800 801 350.
The Tuapeka Ferry is a 25 minute drive from Lawrence, on the Tuapeka West Road to Balclutha, or 35 minutes from Balclutha on the Clutha Valley - Tuapeka Mouth Roads.
The Clutha River was first crossed by rowing boats until community agitation for the establishment of a punt at Tuapeka Mouth was successful in 1895. The Tuapeka Mouth ferry, also commonly referred to as the Tuapeka Mouth Punt, was officially opened on 22 February 1896. The punt is still operational today and operates on an established schedule when conditions are suitable.