Central Otago Activities
Clyde Apartments recommended activities & attractions
Central Otago Rail Trail
New Zealand's Original Great Ride is open all year round. It's all off-road, no traffic, just Central Otago's big skies and distinctive landscape to enjoy.
Come and experience for yourself why thousands of people love exploring Otago Central Rail Trail at a leisurely pace. Whatever your interests are, there's something here for you. Discover old historic gold-mining villages, country pubs, rugged scenery, or try some great off-trail adventures.
New Zealands’s first Rail Trail and Original Great Ride opened in 2000, the 152km long trail follows the former route of the Otago Central Railway. The former railway line was ideal for New Zealand’s first off-road cycle-way and walking trail.
In 1993 the Department of Conservation (DOC) bought the corridor for a recreational reserve. The Otago Central Rail Trail Trust was formed in 1994 to partner the Department, helping raise funds to initially open the Trail. This included the removal of ballast, decking the bridges, improving the culverts and adding handrails. The Rail Trail officially opened fully in 2000 and the teamwork between the Trust and DOC has continued.
The historic Olivers Lodge complex opened a new chapter in its fascinating history when the building underwent an authentic restoration, reopening the Olivers Restaurant, and a new craft brewery (The Victoria Store Brewery), a bakery, deli and cafe.
The original stone complex, located in Clyde’s historic precinct, was built by Benjamin Naylor in 1869 as a general store, servicing the prospectors who sought their fortunes during the Otago gold rush. Today, in recognition of its outstanding heritage value, Olivers is protected by the New Zealand Historic Places Trust with a priority category one classification.
Inspired by the past, owners Andrea and David Ritchie have sensitively restored the buildings including an elegant homestead, the old store, coach sheds, stables and barns. Landscaping highlights the original central courtyard and gardens.
Clyde Bistro & Cinema
Clyde bistro has a wood-fired Pizza oven and a delicious Pizza menu, Starters, Pasta, Children's menu & Deliscous desserts. Onsite is a boutique Cinema that is fully licensed with food and wine available.
Clyde Cinema is a modern movie theatre where you can enjoy all the latest Hollywood blockbusters along with some NZ-made films. Opened in 2013, owner David Smythe has installed comfortable leather reclining seats offering the ultimate movie experience and giving the cinema a boutique feel.
Take the kids along to one of the popular 3D screenings and treat yourself to popcorn or ice cream. Cinema opening times vary according to film schedules. To book tickets for a session please phone 03 449 2379.
Dunstan Golf Coarse
Full playing, 9 Hole, country members and Green Fee players always welcome. Green fees are $20 for an adult, $10 for under 16. Located across the road from Clyde Apartments.
The Dustan course is not the easiest golf course in the country. Strategically placed trees make it an interesting challenge for young and old. It is maintained in excellent order and is always a pleasure to play (except when you meet a tree head on).
9 hole. Men par 72. Women par 72.
The Club House is open during club and fixture days with snack and bar service. Changing and shower facilities are available and there are two electric golf carts for hire.
Two Paddocks Winery
Owned by actor Sam Neil, Two Paddocks is a small family wine producing business that is entirely dedicated to making great wine.
Two Paddocks started in 1993 with modest ambitions and first planted five acres of Pinot Noir at Sam's original little vineyard at Gibbston, Central Otago in the deep south of New Zealand. At the same time, his friend Roger Donaldson planted the land next door, hence the name Two Paddocks. (Roger’s paddock proved to be a slow starter, which meant Sam had to go it on his own; however he kept the title. His brand, Sleeping Dogs, takes its name from the first film they made together.)
Their tasting room is now open on a limited basis -- contact the manager, Jacqui, if she or one of her team is available (she's very busy) they will open up for you, if you wish to buy from the source at Red Bank. If they are available, you are very welcome.
Alexandra to Clyde River Track
This easy Central Otago cycle trail is suitable for the whole family. The trail takes you along the true right banks of the powerful Clutha Mata-au River between Alexandra and Clyde. The trail is suitable for walkers and joggers. The full length of the track is 12km one way.
Mainly flat with one or two boardwalks and bridges nearer Alexandra, this good surfaced trail is special no matter the season and especially good in the height of summer when the dappled shade from the willow trees is appreciated.
Pack some local delights and stop for a quiet picnic at conveniently placed seating, or just enjoy cycling along the willow-lined trail and take in their soft green colours in spring or their vibrant golds in autumn. Take your fishing rod (and licence) for a cast or two on the rivers’ edge or on the stony beaches.
From the Alexandra end, start at the car park sign posted 300 metres along Earnscleugh Road from SH8. You can also start at the Alexandra Bridge along the riverside trail if that is more convenient.