Favoured desti­na­tion

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Cen­tral Otago has long been a favourite hol­i­day desti­na­tion for many peo­ple in South­land and Otago who are not only at­tracted by the re­gions end­less sunny days over sum­mer but also the quaint and his­toric set­tle­ments that are scat­tered through­out the hin­ter­land.

Roxburgh, once a bustling, busy town on the banks of the Clutha River dur­ing con­struc­tion of the Roxburgh dam in the mid-1900’s is vir­tu­ally sur­rounded by or­chards grow­ing every­thing from cher­ries to ap­ples and apri­cots to nec­tarines.

Fruit stalls abound as you head in­land from Millers Flat and if you de­cide to take a break in the town it­self you can en­joy morn­ing or af­ter­noon tea or a full lunch at one of the cafes or ho­tels that line the main street. And if you de­cide to stay over for a few days Roxburgh has an ex­cel­lent 18 hole golf course and nu­mer­ous spots to do a bit of fish­ing, while the an­nual Roxburgh Trot­ting Club meet­ing early in the New Year is a must.

A lit­tle fur­ther up the road is Alexan­dra. Bor­der­ing the Manuherikia River, Alexan­dra is home to nu­mer­ous busi­nesses and a fist­ful of restau­rants and cafes all of­fer­ing the tourist and hol­i­day­maker the op­por­tu­nity to sam­ple some truly won­der­ful food and dis­cuss what makes this town spe­cial with the lo­cals.

And if you hap­pen to time your visit with one of the town’s pop­u­lar Satur­day craft mar­kets in Pioneer Park you may need to make ex­tra room in your ve­hi­cle to store all the ’good­ies’ that you just couldn’t ig­nore. Clyde is only 10 min­utes fur­ther in­land and it too war­rants a stopover. Here you’ll see prime ex­am­ples of how the builders of yes­ter­year went about their craft, es­pe­cially in the main busi­ness area of the town.

Nestled in the Earn­scle­ugh Val­ley, Clyde is only a few min­utes drive from a num­ber of vine­yards and other places of in­ter­est in­clud­ing gold min­ing rem­nants.

And so on to Cromwell, of­ten re­ferred to as the ’fruit­bowl’ of the re­gion. With a strong quartze min­ing his­tory as well as a strong farm­ing back­ground, Cromwell has long been a favourite haunt with artists and pho­tog­ra­phers alike.

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