Things to Do in Alexandra Parade

things to do in Alexandra Parade

The Central Stories Museum is great for kids and adults, exploring the region’s gold mining, geology, early settlers and viticulture. You can also go on a walk along the Kamaka Walkway, Jolendale Park Arboretum or visit Blackmore Park.

Alternatively, sample the local beer scene on a tour of Ferris Road Brewery in Alexandra, The Victoria Store Brewery in Clyde or Dark Horse Brew Werkz in Omakau along the Otago Central Rail Trail.

Visit the Clock on The Hill

The Alexandra Mountain Clock was slammed in the face when first proposed, but now the iconic landmark is turning 50. Former Jaycee president John Taylor says the idea was greeted with “a vocal minority” when it first appeared on the agenda, but it’s safe to say the clock has proved a popular and well-loved attraction.

After crossing the historic Shaky Bridge, follow the trail up to the clock and be rewarded with a view over the town, river, vineyards and surrounding mountains. Allow an hour for this steep, but rewarding walk.

Go for a Walk

Walking around Old Town Alexandria is an architecture lover’s dream. The streets are lined with a range of home styles and gorgeous gardens. Springtime is especially beautiful when delicate Yoshino cherry trees and later-blooming Kwanzan and redbud trees fill the landscape with color.

The unmissable Alexandra Clock on the hilltop is a popular attraction that offers expansive views of the town, Clutha River and surrounding vineyards. It’s a short walk that is perfect for the whole family.

The town also has many vineyards where you can taste wine straight at the source! Find out more about local wines on a vineyard tour with Vine2Wine Uncorked, Grey Ridge Vineyard or Hawkdun Rise Vineyard.

Take a Jet Boat Tour

For a thrilling day out on the water try this heart-pounding ride. The twin jet boat’s high speeds and bouncy action mean it’s not for people who are pregnant, have heart conditions or back injuries.

Central Otago’s mighty rivers, high country landscapes, lush vineyards and historic gold mining features all provide plenty of photo opportunities around Alexandra. For a more gentle exploration, head out on one of the region’s cycling trails such as the Roxburgh Gorge Trail or Otago Central Rail Trail.

Beer lovers can also enjoy their favourite drink in the area with the likes of Ferris Road Brewery open Tuesday to Sunday for beer tastings accompanied by pizzas and bar snacks. Or let someone else drive you to the wineries on a tour such as the 5 Best Things to Do for Wine Lovers in Alexandra and Clyde.

Go for a Ride on the Rail Trail

The Otago Central Rail Trail offers a unique cycling experience. This multi-day adventure, once a railway line from Clyde to Middlemarch, showcases the diverse landscape and history of the region. The secluded path features mountainous landscapes, dry desert-like scenery, farmland and quaint towns with gold mining heritage.

Kids of all ages will enjoy exploring Wilkes Street Tunnel, an easy-to-access pass-through that connects to trails and parks. Families can also get out in nature at Belle Haven Park, where a family-friendly hike along the river and boardwalk takes you past a variety of plants.

Go for a Ride on the Roxburgh Gorge Trail

The Roxburgh Gorge Trail is a spectacular day ride that highlights some of Central Otago’s most remarkable heritage hotspots and dramatic landscapes. This stunning 34-kilometer bike and walking trail runs alongside the Clutha River through a narrow gorge flanked by bluffs that tower 350 meters above the river on either side.

It’s a mind-blowing trip that takes you to a range of locations, including the schist rock huts carved into the canyon walls by gold miners in the 1880s. The trail also passes by sweeping willow groves and, in springtime, fragrant thyme.

Go for a Ride on the Clutha River

One of the best things to do in Alexandra is a bike ride along the 73-kilometre Clutha Gold Trail. Discover the region’s rich history and take in the stunning riverside scenery along the Clutha Mata-au River as you follow in the footsteps of Otago’s pioneer settlers and Chinese gold miners.

The trail links quaint towns like Lawrence and Roxburgh where beautiful heritage buildings are preserved. Take a stroll around these historic spots and pick up a heritage walk guide at the local information centres.

A more relaxing way to experience the spectacular riverside scenery is a river cruise with Clutha River Boat Tours. These tours are a fantastic backup option if the weather turns on your day of adventure in Alexandra.

Go for a Ride on the Otago Central Rail Trail

The 152km Otago Central Rail Trail is New Zealand’s original Great Ride, an easy bike journey through the heart of Central Otago. This classic multi-day adventure includes stunning landscapes, historic towns and small communities that offer genuine local hospitality and accommodation.

From Clyde to Middlemarch, this beautiful trail follows an old railway route and offers a diverse range of scenery from mountainous and dry rocky landscapes to spectacular river gorges with tunnels and viaducts. It is a true engineering marvel and a testament to human endeavour.

Explore this amazing part of New Zealand’s Gold Rush history with one of the local tour operators, including Shebikeshebikes who can provide itineraries, bike hire and transportation services.

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