Clyde is either the beginning or the end of the Rail Trail, a surprising number of original buildings from the gold mining era are still as true as the day they were built

Named after a Scottish General the township of Clyde has numerous historical buildings lining the main street. Many of the lovely cottages throughout the town have established gardens with rambling roses thriving in this harsh climate. A surprising number of original buildings from the gold mining era are still as true as the day they were built. Soak up the local history with a leisurely walk or cycle around the town enjoying the peaceful atmosphere and stunning scenery. The Clyde Dam is easily viewed from the town. If you fancy a walk follow the public footpath beside the road to the first lookout, 1km from town, that looks over the dam and power station. A further 500m up the hill the second lookout looks over Lake Dunstan, the powerhouse, the Clutha River and Clyde township.


Population: Population : 1,011

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Clyde 13

Tagged as: Bed & Breakfast

Clyde13 is tastefully decorated boutique bed and breakfast, 5 year old executive home is situated at the end of Clydes historic township overlooking Clyde's golf course, and near the commencement of the rail trail.


$150 per room, including a cooked or continental breakfast

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Hartley Arms Accommodation

Tagged as: Bed & Breakfast, Historic

Historic cottage accommodation in a quiet private setting on Clyde's main street in close proximity to a choice of cafes, cinema and general store.


$50 per person per night
Children 12 and under $25 per child

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Antique Lodge Motel

Tagged as: Motel, Self - Contained

Come visit the beautiful south of New Zealand and enjoy the scenic splendour and historic “golden” age of this unique area. Include a stop-over in the iconic town of Clyde, in the heart of Central Otago, and stay at the friendly Antique Lodge Motel. Antique Lodge Motel offers you affordable and comfortable accommodation for all seasons. Situated in the historic town of Clyde, we are only a short stroll from popular cafes and shops within the historic precinct.


 Single from $115.00,  Double from  $120.00,  Extra Adult $25.00,  Child from $15.00

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Lavender Drive Bed & Breakfast

Tagged as: Bed & Breakfast

Your Hosts Clare and Tony Welcome you to their one hectare modern Central Otago schist stone-clad Bed and Breakfast, close to Clyde / Alexandra, with easy access to the Rail Trail and a host of other activities - golf, boating, tramping, etc. plus several good local cafes, restaurants and wineries.  We offer you relaxing accommodation in peaceful, scenic surroundings.  No dogs, thank you.


1 x King bedroom with ensuite $160 per night
1 x Queen bedroom $140 per night
1 x Twin bedroom $140 per night

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Oasis Orchard Cob Cottage

Tagged as: Self - Contained, Historic

Stay in a Cob Cottage built in the late 1800's. In a hot Central summer plunge into our unique 'oasis', an idyllic pond where you can swim, dive, row or even sail - or simply enjoy the relaxing atmosphere.



$100 per room inclusive of continental breakfast

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Rockview B & B

Tagged as: Bed & Breakfast

Rockview is attached to our family home with a private entrance and balcony. From the balcony, you can overlook the rail trail with gate access from our home and have stunning views of the surrounding hills.


$120.00/ night -Double room with en-suite. Extra accommodation may be available on request. Continental breakfast included using local produce when in season.

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Hartley Homestead Boutique Bed & Breakfast

Tagged as: Bed & Breakfast, Historic

Hartley Homestead provides accommodation in relaxing, private surroundings on the banks of the picturesque Clutha River. 


A choice of three rooms ranging from NZ$185 - $270 per night.

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The "Workshops"

Tagged as: Self - Contained

What was once the Vincent County Truck Workshops has been lovingly converted into character accommodation, right in the heart of Clyde.


Beds $50 per person, single occupancy of Queen Bed $75

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Picnic Creek B&B

Tagged as: Bed & Breakfast

A new home set on 2 acres situated over the Clyde Bridge
about half a k.m. from the historic town of Clyde.


$160 per room,  Cooked or continental breakfast included. 

Pickup/drop off to Clyde

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Post Office Cafe & Post Masters Accommodation

Tagged as: Bed & Breakfast, Historic

Post Masters Accommodation offers 3 double bedrooms, refurbished to retain the quietly elegant and comfortable surroundings of the stone building. 


$95 Queen or Twin, $125 Queen ensuite
Full house discount for groups of six

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Argyll on Clyde

Tagged as: Bed & Breakfast

Alan and Trish welcome you to their contemporary home situated in the historic
gold-mining town of Clyde, overlooking the Clyde Golf Course and Dunstan mountains.


$120 - $180 per room (includes continental or full breakfast)

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Dunstan House Clyde

Tagged as: Bed & Breakfast, Historic

Dunstan House Clyde has been welcoming guests for 115 years since the days of the horse drawn Cobb and Co coaches to the present day cyclists on the Otago Central Rail Trail.


Rates from $95 single - $220 Honeymoon suite including full continental breakfast with extras.

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Olivers Lodge and Stables

Tagged as: Bed & Breakfast, Historic

The stunning stone buildings at historic Olivers began as a general store supplying prospectors during the gold mining boom in the 1860s. 


From $205 to $345 per night inclusive of freshly baked hot breakfast served in our stunning schist walled dining room or al fresco in Olivers private courtyard.

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Oliver's Restaurant

Newly opened restaurant. There is a craft brewery (The Victoria Store Brewery), a bakery, deli and cafe. 

34 Sunderland Street. Ph: 03 449 2805

Four Square

Supermarket, groceries, beer, wine, foods, discount deals, local stores, lotto.

5 Fraser Street. Ph: 03 449 2718

Post Office Café & Bar

Expect a warm welcome in these enchanting historic buildings and enjoy an appetizing snack or a delicious meal.

2 Blyth Street. Ph: 03 449 2488

The Bank Café

Tasty food, great coffee. Inside and outside options for hungry and thirsty cyclists. 

31 Sunderland Street. Ph: 03 449 2955

The Clyde Dairy Café & Takeaways

The Dairy is a Clyde institution and is a favorite stopping point for many a passing traveler and locals alike. Takeaways also available.

18 Sunderland Street. Ph: 03 449 2799

Clyde Bistro & Café

Wood-fired Pizza oven and a delicious Pizza menu. Take out Pizzas. Starters - sharing plates and pasta. Childrens' menu. 6 Naylor Street.  Ph: 03  449 3089

Dunstan Hotel

The Dunstan Hotel was built in 1904. A hearty meal or a quiet drink. 

35 Sunderland Street. Ph: 03 449 2817


Clyde Cinema

Newly built 42 seat Cinema. Watch in comfort. Fully licensed with food and wine available.

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6a Naylor Street. Ph: 03 449 2379

The Clyde Dam

The Clyde Dam is easily viewed from the town. If you fancy a walk, follow the public footpath beside the road to the first lookout which is about 1km from town. This lookout looks over the dam and power station.  A further 500m walk up the hill you will find the second lookout which views Lake Dunstan, the powerhouse, the Clutha River and Clyde township.


There are many great shops in Clyde. Worth visiting. 

  • Touch Yarns - New Zealand wool products and gifts inspired by local scenery. 19 Sunderland St.
  • Central Gourmet Galleria - This delightful gallery has locally made wine, jewellery, clothing and Rail Trail souvenirs for sale.  27 Sunderland Street
  • Art in the Dark - A small craft shop that has paintings and craft work by local artists. Sunderland Street and Naylor Street.
  • Sausage Ally - This butcher provides an excellent supply of meaty goodness. Open Fridays 8am - 5pm. 27 Sunderland Street. Ph: 03 449 3048.
  • The Stonehouse - A range of gourmet pickles, sauces, fruit chutneys, alcohol and liqueur enhanced fruit preserves and fruit liqueur toppings. Open 9am - 6pm December - March 81 Springvale Road.

Clyde Golf Course

The Dunstan Golf Club. Green Fees $15.00 for 18 holes.

Sunderland Street. Ph:03 449 2729

Clyde Bowling Green

Clyde Bowling Club was established back in 1913. There is an inside rink, which you can play at all times.

Sunderland Street and Whitby Street. Ph: 03 449 2838

Clyde Historical Museum Briar Herb Factory Complex

This historical museum houses a great collection of memorabilia relating to a history from Run Holding to the Dunstan Gold Rush. You will find domestic articles, records, books and photographs. Nearby is the Briar Herb Factory Museum Complex which displays the factory and machinery in its historic form. Open 3pm - 5pm Tuesday - Sunday (Closed May - August)

Clyde Tennis Courts

Clyde Tennis Club is established back in 1877. All-weather surface. 

Sunderland Street. Ph: 027 600 3236 

Friday night doubles  6.00 pm  Sunday Social Doubles  9.00 am / ( in Winter)
Wednesday Night Ladies  5.30 pm.

Fishing at the Lake Dunstan

Lake Dunstan was formed as a result of the Clyde Dam. Easy access is available to most parts of the lake.  For further information. 

Anniversary River Track

If you have the time, the Anniversary River Track that begins in Clyde and finishes in Alexandra is a great way to spend some time by bike or foot.  It is sign posted 300 meters along Earnscleugh Road. Maps are available from the Alexandra information centre. The Clutha River never fails to impress. The track hugs the banks of the Clutha River most of the way to Clyde. There are many good picnic areas shaded by wilding willow trees.


Clutha River Cruises

This journey is on a pontoon craft, which is capable of seating 17 adults comfortably. This cruise explores the Roxburgh Gorge on the Clutha River that will take you back to the European and Chinese gold rush that happened on the banks of the Clutha River. Remains of miners cabins are hidden by Matagouri, Thyme, and spectacular schist rock. These tours give you a historic experience, which takes 75 minutes covering 50 km of the stunning Central Otago scenery. Customers can look forward to a commentary of the history of the area, with some of the focus being on places of interest such as the miner’s huts, rock shelters and of course the legendary Doctors Point Gold Mine. Ph: 03 449 3155

Walk Around Historic Clyde

The township of Clyde was typical of many of the gold mining settlements.  A surprising number of original buildings from the gold mining era are still as true as the day they were built. Get the leaflet called 'Walk Around Historic CLYDE' which give you all information of historical buildings in the township. You can get it at the Bank Cafe, Dunstan House, or the Gourmet Galleria.

Easter Harvest Wine and Food Festival

This is the premiere event on Clyde's calendar and attracts thousands of visitors from near and far - some from very far!

Usually, all of the regions wine producers are represented and you can sample and purchase their fine products. There is food too - not just any food - but really special delectables to tempt your palate.

With great music and dozens of stalls there is something for everyone.

Where: In the main street of Clyde
When: Easter Sunday

Mid-Winter Market

Each year, in mid-winter, the Clyde Playcentre organsies a market in the Memorial Hall, to raise funds for its activities.

There are many stalls offering such things as food, arts and crafts, books and the like.

We'll take some photos next winder so that you can see what it's all about!

Where: Memorial Hall, just along from the 4 Square store.
When: Mid-winter

Contact: Carole Haig 449 2557

Otago Central Rail Trail Duathlon

The Otago Central Rail Trail Duathlon is organised by the combined Lions Clubs of Central Otago, who hold a licence from DOC. This is a non-profit event with all officials working in a voluntary capacity. Any surplus from each year’s event is committed through the Lions Clubs to projects associated with the Otago Central Rail Trail to maintain, develop and promote this unique recreational facility. Thank you for your support of both the duathlon and the Otago Central Rail Trail. 

When: 27 and 28 Feb 2016

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Clyde Dam to Alexandra 10km Road Races

Organised by: Alexandra Harriers & Walkers Club
Contacts: John Watson 448 5969 / John Thompson 448 7244 

When: Mid - August

Entry forms available early July from local sports stores, our website or by contacting Jill Scott 448-9146.

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The Rail Trail Guide Book

The single most important resource when travelling the Central Otago Rail Trail

A beautifully crafted book with amazing photography by Peter Andrews showing Central Otago as it truly is, one of the most rugged, extreme and beautiful locations on the planet. Stunning scenery, amazing and important historical and current information, detailed maps, lists of accommodation, frequently asked questions, where to eat, how far between towns, etc. It’s all in here.

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