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What's so great about Clyde, what to see and best things to do

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Clyde @antique_lodge_motel

MANIOTOTO REGION, CLUTHA RIVER AND CENTRAL OTAGO ARE SYNONYMOUS WITH THE HOLIDAY SPIRIT

Explore the historic buildings, precinct and two museums. Linger in the boutique shops showcasing local merino wool and yarns, art, homeware, jewellery, wine and artisan goods. The cycling trails, Otago Central Rail Trail or Roxburgh Gorge Trail are but two tempting ways to explore the landscapes. Wine trails based around single origin estates culminating in Easter Eat & Taste Festivals. There are walks up and around the very large concrete dam above the town with the newly created Lake Dunstan now a popular place for kayaking, swimming and boating year round.

LOCATION

It is located on the Clutha River, between Cromwell and Alexandra. The area is known as Maniototo district.

Explore the historic buildings, precinct and two museums. Linger in the boutique shops showcasing local merino wool and yarns, art, homeware, jewellery, wine and artisan goods. The cycling trails, Otago Central Rail Trail or Roxburgh Gorge Trail are but two tempting ways to explore the landscapes. Wine trails based around single origin estates culminating in Easter Eat & Taste Festivals. There are walks up and around the very large concrete dam above the town with the newly created Lake Dunstan now a popular place for kayaking, swimming and boating year round.

LOCATION

It is located on the Clutha River, between Cromwell and Alexandra. The area is known as Maniototo district.

 

 

BEST TIME TO VISIT

Year round, winter snowfields a close drive away and then there is the glory of Central Otago dusted with snow, a photographer's delight

Peak season is late spring to late summer



WHAT TO DO, HIGHLIGHTS

  • Award winning wineries, foodie destinations where farm to plate is a given
  • Nineteenth century streetscape heritage precinct where buildings are repurposed into cafes, stores and museums
  • Walk or cycle among the extraordinarily beautiful Central Otago landscape
  • Cruise the Clutha River with a local on a customised comfortable pontoon
  • Visit a hydroelectric dam lookout and imagine the steep rugged roads forever flooded
  • Explore Clyde’s rich gold mining heritage in the two town museums

There is an enduring interest in the passion, the gold fever rush and the stories of heroism, swagger and stoicism continue to capture visitor’s imagination. Clyde, with its authentic colonial architecture exemplifies the dreams of the Dunstan gold rush. Clyde is nestled in a protected basin at the beginning of an immense gorge (now Lake Dunstan). Clyde was a reliable resting spot before the rigours of interior Central Otago gold mining trails were tackled. Today visitors can experience this journey.

Clutha River Cruises is a slow immersive journey on the mighty Clutha River exploring areas not readily accessible by road. Butchers and Doctors Point with their buildings, sluiced hillsides and wildflowers tell the story of European and Chinese gold mining prospectors. It is a comfortable stable river exploration.

Lookout points

  • Check travel pack information section for walks around Clyde

Clyde Museums

  • Blyth Street Museum specialises in memorabilia from early settlers, family histories, photographs and gold mining relics.
  • Clyde Railway Station Museum is home to heritage transport equipment, a bicycle repair business

Opening hours – managed by volunteers check below for details

Phone: +6434492571Email: clydemuseum@gmail.com

Clyde @chris.seawilson
Clyde @hollyhickeymoore

WHERE TO TAKE THE BEST SELFIE

  • Lake Dunstan lookout
  • Local vineyard cellar door
  • Pick your favourite heritage building as a backdrop
Lake Dunstan, New Zealand Lake Dunstan

WHAT TO DO WITH KIDS

  • An energetic walk to a lookout point where the electricity company has an excellent information plaque describing the process of dam building and the benefits of renewable energy
  • A 4WD safari with Maniototo Safaris. This is an alternative option to the leisurely river cruise. The kids get to bounce on unformed roads, the exhilaration of exploration and understand the difficulties facing gold prospectors as they trudged through the harsh terrain
@maniototo4wdsafaris

FESTIVALS

SOCIAL MEDIA

Clyde Wine and Food Harvest Festival @promotedunstan
Clyde Wine and Food Harvest Festival @promotedunstan

WHO TURNED UP AND NAMED THE PLACE

Originally Central Otago, severe, stark rocky hills did not encourage Maori settlement. Maori seasonal paths followed the Matau-Au/Clutha River inland seeking food resources and the riches of the West Coast.

Lord Clyde, Sir Colin Campbell, hero of the Crimea and Indian Mutiny is commemorated with the naming of Clyde in 1865. Originally known as Dunstan. Gold rush fever meant, for a short period of time, Clyde was the most populated town in New Zealand. Plenty of drinking establishments, the Dunstan and Hartley Arms among them. The town was known for its rowdy behaviour, prostitutes and quick rich schemes.

INTERESTING FACT

The Clutha River is the swiftest river (per volume) in the southern hemisphere. The river then runs to the Roxburgh Dam before flowing into the sea at Balclutha.

The Clutha River, New Zealand @Postcards NZ The Clutha River @Postcards NZ

TRAVEL PACK INFORMATION

From promo Dunstan, ‘The annual Clyde Wine and Food Harvest Festival is held on Easter Sunday each year in the main street of Clyde in Central Otago. Clyde is one of New Zealand’s historic towns dating from the 1862 Dunstan gold rush.

The festival celebrates wines made in Central Otago, the most southerly wine producing region in the world. It is Otago’s biggest wine event and has established itself as a major wine festival in New Zealand, attracting thousands of visitors. Part of its charm is the location. The festival is held in Clyde’s historic precinct which has many of its original schist stone buildings dating back to the 1860s. It is surrounded by the stunning Central Otago scenery of schist rock hills and mountains.’

Forward bookings for Goldfields Magic tour to ensure you are in town ready for the Clyde Easter celebrations.

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