Welcome to Millers Flat, our piece of paradise: it’s peaceful and tranquil! We are situated in the Teviot Valley which is found about halfway along the length of the Clutha River, the longest river in New Zealand’s South Island. The Clutha River, named Mata-au by early Maori explorers, flows southeast from Lake Wanaka in the Southern Alps, through Central Otago, to the Pacific Ocean near Balclutha. It has the highest flow of all New Zealand rivers.
Millers Flat, nestled beside the river, is protected all around by the nearby hills. It boasts a Central Otago climate but without the extremes of drought and hard frosts. It is a small town, with a permanent population of about 200 people supporting the rural community. It features a primary school, general store, pub, community swimming pool, community hall, camping ground and other accommodation and rural transport operators.
While fruit growing, sheep and beef production are the main industries, Millers Flat is known for its recreational opportunities. The Clutha Gold Cycle Trail runs through the middle of the township, it features great fishing locations within 30 minute drive, the heated swimming pool brings locals from far and wide, mountain bikers abound to conquer the hills, there are tennis courts, a bowling club, sports fields and picnic spots. It hosts an annual rodeo and the Central Otago cavalcade traverses its hills.
But greatest of all are its warm and friendly people. They demonstrate what is the very best of the New Zealand character and psyche being resourceful, generous, friendly, caring and community-spirited. Volunteers man the Rural Fire Service, the community swimming pool, the community hall, the historic bakehouse restoration committee, the Millers Flat Water Company, the Faigan’s 4 Square store, the weekly newssheet Molyneaux Mail, and fundraise for so very many causes.
Come and visit and bring your bikes, togs, fishing rods, tennis rackets, golf clubs, children and friends.