All about Alexan­dra

Central Otago Mirror - - CENTRAL NEWS -

The thriv­ing town me­trop­o­lis of Alexan­dra is Cen­tral Otago’s busi­ness and po­lit­i­cal cap­i­tal. It is sit­u­ated at the con­junc­tion of two rivers, the Manuherikia and the mighty Clutha. Orig­i­nally known as Lower Dun­stan, then Manuherikia and the Junc­tion, it was re­named in 1863 af­ter Princess Alexan­dra. Alexan­dra is sit­u­ated at the junc­tion of State High­way 8 and State High­way 85, it ap­pears sud­denly like an oa­sis of green in the stark rocky land­scape. Founded on gold, Alexan­dra has many old gold dig­gings and dredge sites. The gold that founded the area is gone, but the town is thriv­ing with the new gold – hor­ti­cul­ture, viti­cul­ture and wine mak­ing. Walk up to the Clock on the Hill (built 1968), a trade­mark of the town. At 11 me­tres wide it can be eas­ily seen from 10km away and is one of the largest

and most un­usual clocks in the world. Moun­tain biking and walk­ing trails can be found throughout the area, from gen­tle gra­di­ents of the Otago Cen­tral Rail Trail to the tech­ni­cal rock trails of the Raggedy’s. Most pop­u­lar walk­ing and cy­cling trails is the Otago Cen­tral Rail Trail and the Clyde to Alexan­dra Walk­way fol­low­ing the Clutha River. Ex­plore the mighty Clutha River amd the iso­lated reaches of the his­toric and pic­turesque thyme stud­ded Roxburgh Gorge. Mar­vel at some of NZ’s best ex­am­ples of Euro­pean and Chi­nese min­ing. A short dis­tance from Alexan­dra is the his­toric quaint gold min­ing town of Clyde. Ly­ing on the shores of the Clutha River, at the en­try to the Cromwell Gorge and is just be­low the Clyde Hy­dro Elec­tric dam and Lake Dun­stan. www.blos­som.co.nz

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