Hire a bike and take to the cycle trails around Clyde
Clyde, Central Otago

By Destination Central Otago


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
8.30 46 Reviews
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 met... (more)
Clyde Holiday & Sporting Complex - Accommodation in Clyde New Zealand
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 build... (more)
Clyde Motel - Accommodation in Clyde New Zealand
9.30 4 Reviews
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 C... (more)
Olivers Central Otago - Accommodation in Clyde New Zealand
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 ... (more)
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