7 History The heritage of Destination Clutha Catlins is rich and diverse with a strong connection with the land and water. As you travel down this coastline of Destination Clutha Catlins you will firstly cover the same tracks as the whalers of Taieri Mouth and then discover the long established trails inland, etched by the seasonal rhythms of the Tangata Whenua (the people of the land). Trails flowing to further places of mahinga kai (food resources) the lakes, wetlands and waterways. The destinations where the people of Rapuwai, Waitaha, Kati Mamoe and Ngai Tahu settled boundaries, intermarried and ultimately unified. Destination Clutha Catlins History Throughout the historic precincts southward you will find the character-filled cottages that line the pathways developed by those in search of a new Edinburgh in 1848 and the architectural and industrial monuments that lay as reminders of the evolution brought on by the gold rushes of the 1860s. Owaka Museum: The new Owaka Museum features stories about life in the beautiful Catlins, in a modern building which includes the Catlins Information Centre, library, gallery and shop. Balclutha: South Otago Museum with its extensive collection of domestic and industrial heritage materials reflecting 150 years of pioneer endeavours of Destination Clutha Catlins. West Otago Museum: you will discover some of the world’s rarest working tractors (1913- 1950s), alongside some intriguing insights into 19th century domestic life. Tuapeka Goldfields Museum: find out about Gabriel Read’s 1861 discovery of gold and the Chinese mining community. At the height of the Lawrence- Tuapeka gold rush around July 1862, the population of Tuapeka was around 11,472, while that of Dunedin was 5850. Taieri Mouth with the fortified Maori Pa site at Motupara holds significance as the second settlement of the chief Tuwiriroa, originally of Kawarau River. Milton with its Art Deco Museum and Information Centre. Or for something different, visit the Milton Butchery Museum north of Milton on SH1.
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