Attractions

The Milton Museum & Information Centre is housed in an Art Deco building. The collections record local and colonial history relating to the district.

The Butcher’s Museum is the biggest display of butchers’ memorabilia in the Southern Hemisphere.

Quality Yarns, the woollen mills, offer factory tours.

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 ½ – 3 hr walk for moderately fit walkers.

You can visit the old Mt Stewart Tunnel to see glowworms.

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. Guided tours are available.

You can see 25-million-year-old whale and dolphin fossils excavated from the limestone deposits near Milburn, a few minutes’ drive from Milton.

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.

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.

There is a 9-hole golf course at the Toko Golf Club, and several other country courses in the area.

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!