Alexandra is situated at the junction of two rivers, the Manuherikia and the mighty Clutha Mata-au, surrounded by a distinctive ‘moonscape’ of rocky tors and stark high country. Nearby the historic township of Clyde is a quaint well preserved town nestled at the base of the Clyde dam and close to Lake Dunstan.
For a quiet getaway discover some of the older townships situated along the Otago Central Rail Trail; Becks, Chatto Creek, Lauder, Omakau, Ophir or St. Bathans. All have a range of accommodation options.
There are extensive accommodation options in the Alexandra Basin area. From boutique hotels, B&B’s, holiday homes to local camping grounds. You can even discover accommodation amongst the vines, at a few of our vineyards.
The Alexandra Basin boasts a diversity of cycling and mountain bike trails that beckon the cyclist to experience the freedom and the joy of getting off the beaten track throughout the stunning landscapes of the region. Most famously, The Otago Central Rail Trail, runs through the Basin, and will take you on a recreational passage of discovery, revealing truly breath-taking treasures not readily accessible by any other means and unlike any other in New Zealand.
This is a journey into the region’s heartland of everchanging mountainous, dry, rocky landscapes, productive farmland, spectacular river gorges, tunnels, viaducts, thriving townships, old stone and mud-brick dwellings and preserved gold mining settlements – shaped and seasoned by the harsh, continental climatic extremes unique to Central Otago.
If you prefer the thrills of fast, downhill freeride mountain biking, tracks are unrivalled in the Alexandra Basin’s open, sparse landscape. Go wild in this unique and unpopulated playground, where the tracks of old miners, the horse and cart, as well as old coach roads and `pure downhill’ long runs from high mountain tops, offer something for everyone.
Experience an Alexandra Basin Wine Tour.
There are many ways to explore the vineyards in the Alexandra Basin: self-drive at your leisure or book a guided tour with an experienced local wine tour operator. Or enjoy a day of cycling and wine tasting, take a picnic and bike a circuit through Clyde to Earnscleugh and then onto Alexandra, back via the eastern side of the Clutha River, along to Dunstan Road, Hillview Road and Letts Gully, before returning back to Clyde. For more information visit the Alexandra i-Site Visitor Information Centre.
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