Situated on one of the hills beside Alexandra on the other side of the river sits one of the biggest clocks in NZ. It is approx 7M tall and is lit up at night making it visible for 8 or so kilometres depending on weather conditions.You can walk up to the clock if you're keen with the circuit taking you over the Shaky Bridge and a nice Cafe/winery...more
Running beside the Clutha between Alex and Clyde is an 11.5km track. It is open to walkers and bikers with the Mountain Bike crew who give it the most action. There are lots of dips and rises, small bridges and fast straights to give you a fun ride no matter what your level. Bikes can be hired from several places for around $10 per hour or $35 per...more
This is a fantastic way to see Central Otago!!! The trail runs from Clyde to Middlemarch on what was the old rail line opened back in 1891 or so and can be walked, done on horse or on a bike. The most popular by far is by bike and these can be hired at many locations. Due to the popularity of the trail I'd recommend that you book in advance.Bikes...more
Shaky Bridge, What a name to give a bridge, we wondered why as we walked across it. Looking down into the river from the bridge, we saw many huge Trout swimming in the waters below.Before the bridge was built, the only way to cross was by punt, a risky operation when the river was high. The bridge was opened in 1879 at a cost of $1,949 and was...more
I guess what we 1st noticed when entering Alexandra, was the large working clock on the hill. The idea of a clock on the hill was first suggested by Alexandra Jaycee Inc. in June 1966. Many different ideas were put forward, with a Dunedin firm of engineers, which had had no previous experience in clock making, being given the task of designing and...more
The Old Bridge Piers are the remains of the original Alexandra Bridge, which was completed in 1882. This bridge crossed the mighty Clutha River, New Zealand's largest river by volume and second longest at 338km. The piers were constructed of schist stone quarried locally. The total height of the piers is 29.48m with 6.8m beneath the present water...more
119 Centennial Avenue
This small cafe is tucked in behind the shops on Tarbet St and has its entrance technically on Ennis Place. The Cafe is really nice with a great courtyard in back if it's sunny and or warm. Service was quick and nothing was an issue. The coffee was nice & hot and the food yummy. The food selection is what you'd expect with the option of larger...more
Crater Scapes is a realli nice cafe over near the old Iron Bridge in Alexandra. The food selection is really good and the cafe set-up great. There is both indoor and outdoor options with swing ball and petanque to be played if you are so inclined.There are several sculptures outside plus a water feature to keep the eye entertained.more
The Tin Goose is a nice Cafe on Centennial Ave in the middle of Alexandra. It's got a reasonably large range of items with a few Gluten Free items if that's what you need. Prices are about average and the food is pretty good. Lillian had a toasted sandwich and she enjoyed it. I had a very nice sweet muffin and Angie had a GF slice. The outside...more
The Roxburgh Valley we passed through on our way from Alexandra to Dunedin. It is a pretty valley, has the Clutha River running through it, Poplar and Willow trees, and lots of Fruit trees, Berries, vineyards and road side stalls. It would be stunning in spring, and a great place to buy nice fresh fruit when in season and you can pick your own at...more
Lawrence was another very small town we passed through on Highway 8 heading to Dunedin. It was Otago's first gold-rush town, originally named Tuapeka.It is hard to imagine that this town's population at the height of the gold fever, was 11,500, double that of Dunedin, making it one of the largest communities in the country, and now it is 550!It was...more
In its hey day, St. Bathans was a coal and gold mining town. The grand total of FIVE people live here now, compared with 2000 people and 13 Hotels. Today it is a small town with only two surviving operating facilities - the post office and the (haunted) pub. The local hotel in St Bathans, 'The Vulcan', dates back to 1882 and the post-office back to...more
The golf course at Alex is a really well laid out 18 hole course. There are plenty of bunkers and tight fairways to keep your concentration high and the greens have a few challenges to ensure Par isn't always that easy. There are many undulations and lots of trees so a varied range of holes.
The course is located just out of town on the road to Clyde and has the Central Otago Rail Trail along one side.
The cost is $25. If this is a bit steep for you it's only $15 down the road at Dunstan Golf Course in Clyde though it's a 9 hole course there.
Equipment: Alex course has a well stocked Pro Shop where you can hire everything you need including clubs and buggy. You'll obviously need your own shoes!