Series Great New Zealand River Journeys explored the history and majesty of three rivers. In this episode comedian Jon Gadsby follows the Clutha River all the way from the Southern Alps to the coast near Balclutha. On the way he gets firsthand experience of bungy jumping, jet boating, and rafting (at which point the cameraman falls off the raft). Gadsby tours the Clyde Dam, visits Cromwell before the old town ends up underwater, and meets pioneer winemaker Verdun Burgess, at "the southern most vineyard in the world". As Gadsby nears the mouth of the river, he is glad to get his own mouth around some whitebait fritters.
Who's nicked me pub?– Jon Gadsby hits Lowburn, and discovers his favourite pub has disappeared
Made with funding from NZ On Air
Includes an excerpt from opera The Magic Flute, composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Article on changes to the Clutha River, NZ Geographic, July 1992
1966 article on the Clutha River, Encyclopedia of New Zealand
Otago Daily-Times article on Otago identity Willie Wong, October 2011
Otago Daily-Times interview with winemaker Verdun Burgess, November 2010