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

By Destination Central Otago

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.

Content courtesy of Tourism NZ

Show results
Sort by Showing 1 - 4 of 4 results.
Antique Lodge Motel - Accommodation in Clyde New Zealand
8.30 46 Reviews
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 met... (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 build... (more)
Clyde Motel - Accommodation in Clyde New Zealand
9.30 4 Reviews
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 C... (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 ... (more)
Showing 1 - 25 of 26 events for the next month.
  • Central Stories Museum & Art Gallery, Alexandra, Central Otago
    Wed 6 Nov 2019 3:00PM / Business & Professional
    Global Award Winning Business Coach Andrew is coming to Alexandra! In just a couple of hours Andrew Johnston is going to change the way you think about your business. Recognised as one of the top Business Coaches ... more
  • Millbrook Resort, Arrowtown, Queenstown Lakes
    Thu 24 Oct 2019 6:30PM / Public Talks & Tours
    Sir Bob Jones to speak about “Taking the Mickey” - at the 2019 Arrowtown Spring Arts Festival The biting satire of Sir Bob Jones, the provocative newspaper columnist, rich-lister, and novelist, will come under the ... more
  • Arrowtown Community Centre, Arrowtown, Queenstown Lakes
    Fri 25 Oct 2019 1:00PM / Family & Lifestyle
    MARK MAKING 1pm - 4pm Friday 25th October Arrowtown Tennis Rooms (old community rooms) 12 Centennial Ave, Arrowtown $65 general admission Local artist Sue Marshall teaches the art of mark ... more
  • Lakes District Museum, Arrowtown, Queenstown Lakes
    Sat 26 Oct 2019 9:00AM / Family & Lifestyle
    Participants will meet with local photographer Paul Rea at 9:00 am in the Foyer of the Lakes District Museum in Buckingham Street, Arrowtown. Paul will lead a 3 hour walk around Arrowtown and the Arrow River to give you ... more
  • Arrowtown Athenaeum Hall, Arrowtown, Queenstown Lakes
    Sat 2 Nov 2019 7:30PM / Theatre
    Flushed by five years’ sell out success from London to Toronto to Mosgiel, comes Penny Ashton’s collaboration with Jane Austen (deceased). How will Miss Elspeth battle literary snobbery, cousin Horatio’s digestions ... more
  • Hilton Queenstown Resort & Spa, Queenstown
    Wed 30 Oct 2019 9:30AM / Business & Professional
    This Tourism Industry Aotearoa (TIA) Workshop focuses on learning how to use the Tourism Sustainability Commitment to make meaningful changes in your business. Hear of examples from similar businesses around the country ... more
  • Hilton Queenstown Resort & Spa, Queenstown
    Wed 30 Oct 2019 1:00PM / Business & Professional
    Business is no longer just driven by the bottom line. Increasingly entrepreneurs, business owners and corporates are integrating purpose and impact into what they do. From becoming a BCorp to starting up a social ... more
  • Millbrook Resort, Arrowtown, Queenstown Lakes
    Tue 12 Nov 2019 10:00AM / Family & Lifestyle
    LANDSCAPE DESIGN WORKSHOP WITH PADDY BAXTER Kobe Restaurant Millbrook Resort 10-12noon Tuesday 12th November $40 general ticket Award- winning landscape architect Paddy Baxter shares his design process, ... more
  • Millbrook Resort, Arrowtown, Queenstown Lakes
    Thu 14 Nov 2019 10:00AM / Family & Lifestyle
    Garden to Table Thursday 14th November, meet at Millbrook Resort Main Carpark 10 am $40 general admission Visit a selection up to five local potagers around Dalefield and Arrowtown, plus the Millbrook ... more
  • Hilton Queenstown Resort & Spa, Queenstown
    Thu 31 Oct 2019 5:00PM / Public Talks & Tours
    An early evening get together to enjoy a drink and a few nibbles for those in the building eco-system. Following on from the discussions held at last year’s Summit, a group of businesses and organisations working in ... more
  • Queenstown Events Centre, Queenstown
    Fri 1 Nov 2019 9:00AM / Business & Professional
    This workshop is the first step for businesses to start understanding how to become carbon neutral. With time ticking for us to make concrete changes to transition to a carbon zero economy, the “How To” will be ... more
  • Queenstown Events Centre, Queenstown
    Sat 2 Nov 2019 10:00AM / Public Talks & Tours
    The No Waste Nomads are back and town to talk about how and why individuals can reduce their waste footprint. Their presentations are informative (no quarter taken), but also hopeful, based on their own experience of ... more
  • Queenstown Events Centre, Queenstown
    Mon 18 Nov 2019 6:00PM / Family & Lifestyle
    Attend Kate Mead’s longest-running and most popular workshop to become inspired and entertained about ways you can minimize waste in your home whilst babies are around! What else? You will receive a free pack full ... more
  • Hilton Queenstown Resort & Spa, Queenstown
    Sun 3 Nov 2019 8:30AM / Business & Professional
    How we navigate the next decade is the biggest discussion point in governments, business and communities from the international level right down to the grassroots. The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals provide ... more
  • Remarkables Primary School, Queenstown
    Tue 5 Nov 2019 7:00PM / Food, Gourmet, Wine
    Join Nadia to celebrate the launch of her new book Vegful. Nadia will be sharing her inspiration behind Vegful, giving a cooking demo and answering all your . cooking (or dancing!) questions. All tickets include ... more
  • Remarkables Primary School, Queenstown
    Thu 7 Nov 2019 6:30PM / Public Talks & Tours
    Queenstown Lakes District Council and Frankton Community Association are co-hosting a Spatial Plan facilitated workshop to continue the conversation on growth in our district. Growth is something that can enhance our ... more
  • Kingston Golf Club, Queenstown
    Wed 13 Nov 2019 6:30PM / Public Talks & Tours
    Queenstown Lakes District Council and Kingston Community Association are co-hosting a Spatial Plan facilitated workshop to continue the conversation on growth in our district. Growth is something that can enhance our ... more
  • Altitude Brewing, Queenstown
    Sun 10 Nov 2019 5:00PM / Public Talks & Tours
    Queenstown Writers Festival Presents: Stu Tripney Join Stu at Altitude Brewery as he talks to Grant Adolph to share a few yarns of fishing, flies, intrepid travel, and his latest challenge - writing his first book of ... more
  • Sherwood, Queenstown
    Sat 9 Nov 2019 4:00PM / Public Talks & Tours
    Queenstown Writers Festival Presents: Emily Writes - Rants in the Dark This event is a fundraiser with $10 from each ticket going to Queenstown Lakes Baby Box Charitable Trust Emily Writes is known for her ... more
  • Sherwood, Queenstown
    Sat 9 Nov 2019 10:00AM / Education
    Queenstown Writers Festival Presents: Flash Fiction Workshop with Iona Winter Iona Winter will facilitate a workshop on how to write flash fiction. Flash Fiction can be defined in many ways, but is often subject to a ... more
  • Sherwood, Queenstown
    Sat 9 Nov 2019 6:00PM / Public Talks & Tours
    Queenstown Writers Festival Presents: Novels of Maxine Alterio Dunedin novelist and short story writer Maxine Alterio in conversation with poet Claire Beynon will discuss her writing career including her recent novel, ... more
  • Sherwood, Queenstown
    Wed 13 Nov 2019 8:00PM / Comedy
    Remarkably Funny is proud to present one of the best kiwi comedians of the decade, live in Queenstown. Nick Rado is head writer and a regular guest on '7 Days', 4-times Best MC winner at the NZ Comedy Guild Awards, and ... more
  • Sherwood, Queenstown
    Sun 10 Nov 2019 2:00PM / Public Talks & Tours
    Queenstown Writers Festival Presents: Tom O'Connor - New Zealand Stories Tom O’Connor talks to Jay Cassells about his career as a journalist, author, and political commentator. Tom has published eight books many ... more
  • Sherwood, Queenstown
    Sun 10 Nov 2019 11:00AM / Public Talks & Tours
    Queenstown Writers Festival Presents: Lily Max and Blogging Queenstown writer, Jane Bloomfield talks to Chris Fitzpatrick about writing children’s fiction and the road to publishing her Lily Max series. Hear how ... more
  • Sherwood, Queenstown
    Sun 10 Nov 2019 3:00PM / Public Talks & Tours
    Queenstown Writers Festival Presents: The Landscapes of Laurence Fearnley Award winning novelist Laurence Fearnley’s books are knowing for evoking a sense of landscape and place. Her novels include Edwin and Matilda ... more
Powered by Eventfinda