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Clyde
Clyde, Central Otago

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Clyde

In historic Clyde you can make yourself comfortable in a cafe or hire a mountain bike to explore the surrounding hills.

This historic town is located at the foot of a river gorge and is surrounded by rounded hills of schist punctuated with large craggy standing rocks. Schist is gold bearing rock and substantial strikes in the rivers near Clyde sparked a gold rush in the late 1800s.

It's easy to see why some of the first Europeans to enter the region chose this site as a place to settle. The micro-climate offers hot, dry summers, with mild springs and autumns that are full of nature's colours. Today, Clyde is a great place to enjoy the cafe lifestyle in a scenic setting that's rich in history.

Clyde was the dominant settlement of the Central Otago region until nearby Alexandra built a bridge over the Clutha River and seized power. Thankfully this drew the developers' attentions away from Clyde, which is why many turn-of-the-century buildings remain today. These include several stone cottages, a stone hotel, post office and council buildings. There are three museums in Clyde, making it easy to get a picture of days gone by.

Clyde is at the head of a well known cycling route called the Otago Central Rail Trail, so there are plenty of mountain bikes for hire. A ride to the Clyde Lookout offers spectacular views of the town and beyond.

Nearby is the impressive Clyde Dam, New Zealand's largest concrete gravity dam. It's height is 100m, width at base is 70m, width at crest 10m and length at crest 490m. Controversy surrounded the building of the dam, which saw a number of orchards and houses removed from the Cromwell Gorge to allow the flooding of the river valley.

The lake formed by the dam, Lake Dunstan, is 26. 4 square kilometres in size. It is a popular spot for water-skiing, boating, canoeing, jet boating, boat cruises and eco-tours of the abundant fish and bird life. The lake extends from the historical township of Clyde through the Cromwell Gorge to Cromwell township.

From Clyde, you can also take a tour of local orchards, vineyards and farms.

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Antique Lodge Motel - Accommodation in Clyde New Zealand
Clyde
0800992266
Just 650 metres from the Clutha River, Antique Lodge Motel features a barbecue area and a children’s playground set in lovely gardens. It offers self-contained apartments with free Wi-Fi and satellite TV.Antique Lodge Motel Clyde is 3 minutes’ walk from Clyde Historical Museum, and 750 metres from Dunstan Golf Course. Queenstown Airport is a 1-hour drive awa... (more)
Clyde Holiday & Sporting Complex - Accommodation in Clyde New Zealand
Clyde
034492713
Holiday & Sporting Complex, Family camp. - situated in the heart of sunny Central Otago. Family camping: cabins, power & non power tent sites available. Adjacent to golf course, tennis courts & bowling green. Ideal spot for fishing, boating & swimming. Close to Clyde Dam, historical buildings, shops, cafes, bars & in the heart of award winning wine country.... (more)
Clyde Motel - Accommodation in Clyde New Zealand
Clyde
0800501321
Close to rail head. Restaurant and shops nearby. Country Ambience. "Teed up for Comfort" Clyde Motel is situated opposite the Dunstan Golf Club, Clyde. Self-contained cottage-style units with full kitchen facilities, complimentary tea and coffee, with guest laundry on site. Welcome to Clyde Motel, Central Otago, warm friendly hospitality in a peaceful set... (more)
Olivers Central Otago - Accommodation in Clyde New Zealand
Clyde
0800131070
Featuring free Wi-Fi, free continental breakfast and lovely garden views, Olivers Central Otago is just 5 minutes’ walk from Clutha River. Built in 1869, the historic property features sunny landscaped gardens with outdoor seating, and a guest library.Olivers Central Otago Clyde is at the start/finish of the Otago Central Rail Cycling Trail, and 10 minutes’ ... (more)
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  • Clyde Memorial Hall, Clyde, Central Otago
    Fri 20 Nov 2020 7:00PM / Literary
    Bike powered poetry, performed live! Poets Liz Breslin, Laura Williamson and Annabel Wilson of Poetic Justice Wanaka are putting spokes in the word this November. The three women will e-bike the length of the Rail ... more
  • Central Stories Museum & Art Gallery, Alexandra, Central Otago
    Fri 30 Oct 2020 7:30PM / Classical Music
    Cathy Irons (violin) Barry Brinson (piano) Michael Davis (double bass) Doug Brush (drums) Works by: Bach, J.S. - Bach, C.P.E - Vivaldi - Mancini - Mercer - Gershwin and more “Characterized by inspirational ... more
  • Stadium Tavern, Alexandra, Central Otago
    Fri 20 Nov 2020 8:00PM / Theatre
    One night, One pub, TWO actors, 14 characters, 8 Towns. (13-29 Nov 2020) Set in a local pub, Jim Cartwright’s timeless comedy Two features a landlord, landlady, and their colourful regulars - with all 14 characters ... more
  • Bannockburn Hall, Cromwell, Central Otago
    Thu 19 Nov 2020 8:00PM / Theatre
    One night, One pub, TWO actors, 14 characters, 8 Towns. (13-29 Nov 2020) Set in a local pub, Jim Cartwright’s timeless comedy Two features a landlord, landlady, and their colourful regulars - with all 14 characters ... more
  • Ophir Peace Memorial Hall, Omakau, Central Otago
    Sat 21 Nov 2020 7:00PM / Literary
    Bike powered poetry, performed live! Poets Liz Breslin, Laura Williamson and Annabel Wilson of Poetic Justice Wanaka are putting spokes in the word this November. The three women will e-bike the length of the Rail ... more
  • Roxburgh Grand Tavern, Roxburgh, Central Otago
    Sun 15 Nov 2020 8:00PM / Theatre
    One night, One pub, TWO actors, 14 characters, 8 Towns. (13-29 Nov 2020) Set in a local pub, Jim Cartwright’s timeless comedy Two features a landlord, landlady, and their colourful regulars - with all 14 characters ... more
  • Thomas L. Brown Gallery, Queenstown
    Sun 1 Nov 2020 3:00PM / Classical Music
    Cathy Irons (violin) Barry Brinson (piano) Michael Davis (double bass) Doug Brush (drums) Works by: Bach, J.S. - Bach, C.P.E - Vivaldi - Mancini - Mercer - Gershwin and more “Characterized by inspirational ... more
  • Arrowtown Community Centre, Arrowtown, Queenstown Lakes
    Fri 13 Nov 2020 8:00PM / Theatre
    One night, One pub, TWO actors, 14 characters, 8 Towns. (13-29 Nov 2020) Set in a local pub, Jim Cartwright’s timeless comedy Two features a landlord, landlady, and their colourful regulars - with all 14 characters ... more
  • Arrowtown Athenaeum Hall, Arrowtown, Queenstown Lakes
    Thu 12 Nov 2020 5:30PM / Opera
    Simon O'Neill will perform a range of his operatic favourites including a few contemporary songs. Simon, who was born in Ashburton and studied in Dunedin, hit the operatic big time when London discovered him in 2009. ... more
  • Queenstown Contemporary Gallery, Queenstown
    Fri 6 Nov 2020 7:30PM / Literary
    Tom Scott joins journalist Leah McFall to discuss his life and work, including his most recent book, Searching for Charlie. Tom Scott is one of New Zealand’s leading writers and illustrators. Famous for his weekly ... more
  • Queenstown Contemporary Gallery, Queenstown
    Sat 7 Nov 2020 4:00PM / Literary
    One of Aotearoa’s most treasured writers talks about his life and works with Bryony Shackell. Witi Ihimaera was born in Gisborne in 1944 and began his career as a writer in 1970. His books Pounamu Pounamu (1972) ... more
  • Queenstown Contemporary Gallery, Queenstown
    Sun 8 Nov 2020 10:00AM / Literary
    Becky talks to local journalist Debbie Jamieson about her award-winning first novel, Auē. Becky Manawatu (Ngāi Tahu/Pākehā) is a West Coast writer, living in Waimangaroa. Her first novel, Auē, won the Jann ... more
  • Queenstown Contemporary Gallery, Queenstown
    Sun 8 Nov 2020 11:30AM / Literary
    Hear one of New Zealand's most celebrated writers talk to journalist Debbie Jamieson about different aspects of love in her writing. Dame Fiona Kidman is one of New Zealand's most celebrated writers. Winner of ... more
  • Oturehua Hall, Oturehua, Central Otago
    Sun 22 Nov 2020 7:00PM / Literary
    Bike powered poetry, performed live! Poets Liz Breslin, Laura Williamson and Annabel Wilson of Poetic Justice Wanaka are putting spokes in the word this November. The three women will e-bike the length of the Rail ... more
  • Sherwood, Queenstown
    Sat 7 Nov 2020 2:00PM / Literary
    Two award winning crime novelists discuss their work. Paddy Richardson is the author of two collections of short stories, Choices and If We Were Lebanese and seven novels, The Company of a Daughter, A Year to Learn a ... more
  • Sherwood, Queenstown
    Sat 7 Nov 2020 1:00PM / Education
    Be inspired and start crafting a new poem with poet and writer Laura Williamson. This workshop will take you through a range of tools to get started on a piece of poetic writing and to refine your work as you go. A ... more
  • Sherwood, Queenstown
    Sun 8 Nov 2020 6:00PM / Literary
    Emma launches her first book for children, ‘The Girl Who Ran Across Africa’, based on one of her most inspiring adventure Adventurer and illustrator Emma Timmis believes strength and resilience can’t be taught ... more
  • Sherwood, Queenstown
    Sat 7 Nov 2020 10:00AM / Literary
    Learn about the art of writing a memoir with award-winning writer Caroline Barron. Caroline Barron is a writer, manuscript assessor, book reviewer, and trustee of the Michael King Writers Centre. She has a Masters in ... more
  • Sherwood, Queenstown
    Sun 8 Nov 2020 2:00PM / Literary
    Writers Tess and Sandra talk to Maxine Alterio about the process of writing historic fiction Tess Redgrave has worked as a journalist, writer and editor for organisations such as the Reader’s Digest, North & South ... more
  • Sherwood, Queenstown
    Sun 8 Nov 2020 4:00PM / Literary
    Musician and author Shayne Carter talks to Laura Williamson about his music and his autobiography, "Dead People I Have Known". Shayne Carter is a Dunedin musician and writer. Since first emerging in his high school ... more
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