Many vineyards have been planted in the area to take advantage of the favourable climate and soils

Originally known as “Lower Dunstan” ( being downstream from the then larger township of Dunstan, now Clyde)  Alexandra was put on the map in the late 1800’s during the gold mining and dredging era. It was given its name by an early surveyor, J.A. Connell, after his eldest daughter. The town was originally founded by gold miners and dredgers but when the gold ran out, Alexandra’s established orchards carried on producing fruit for the local market and the surrounding areas. Over recent years many vineyards have been planted in the area to take advantage of the favourable climate and soils.




Population: 4,800

Loading Weather
please wait...


Temperature: °C
Speed: km/h

View Trail Forecast

Hawkdun Rise Vineyard & Accommodation

Tagged as: Bed & Breakfast

We are a small Boutique Lodge set in a tranquil setting overlooking our vineyard. Included in our tariff, you receive a glass of our own Pinot Noir, also a sumptuous breakfast.


From $260 double, includes a glass of our finest wine and a hearty breakfast

more info

Alexandra Tourist Park

Tagged as: Tourist Park / Camping, Self - Contained

This Tourist Park and Camping Ground is situated in the heart of Central Otago, just 250 metres to the Rail Trail and 1.5 kms to the Town Centre. 


Park Motel - $95.00 2 adults,  Studio Unit - $85.00 2 adults
Tourist Flat - $95.00 2 adults,  Cabins - $55.00 - $65.00 2 adults

Powered Site $35.00 2 Adults,  Tent site $15.00 Per person

more info

Alexandra Heights Motels

Tagged as: Motel, Self - Contained

Six spacious studios with a queen and single bed in each, and four two bedroom units with a queen, and two singles. 



Studio $125(2 adults), Spa Studio $135(2 adults), 2 bedroom Unit $145(2 adults)
$20 per extra person

more info

Trailview Lodge Bed & Breakfast at Galloway

Tagged as: Bed & Breakfast, Historic

Located right on the Central Otago Railtrail 6 km from Alexandra. 

We provide a warm welcome to our twenty acre farm and our 1940’s original farmhouse.           Come and enjoy heartland New Zealand. 


Queen size with ensuite $160 per night,  Two single beds $110.00 night shared bathroom
One double room $120.00 per night, shared bathroom. Back packers Lodge sleeps four $60.00 per night shared bathroom
These prices include a continental breakfast.

more info

Mirabell Chalets

Tagged as: Motel, Self - Contained

We are proud to offer a range of fully self-contained chalets to suit the single traveller, couples, families or corporates; set in spacious rural gardens with many fruit trees. Mirabell chalets are set in 10 acres of private grounds and gardens, just two minutes by car from Alexandra towards Clyde and  750m from the Rail Trail.

Each chalet is fully self-contained with a kitchen and bathroom and has a private patio with a BBQ. Quality linen and towels are provided. Guests may use the seasonal outdoor swimming pool and spa pool or take a stroll in the expansive gardens.  There's plenty of space between the chalets so it never feels crowded at Mirabell. We provide unlimited free wifi.


Standard season rates

Economy chalet -   $135/night for 2 guests 

Studio chalet - $140/night for 2 guests

One bedroom chalet - $150 for 2 guests

Two bedroom chalet - $160 for 2 guests

Large Two bedroom chalet - $170 for 2 guests

extra adults -  $25/night

children (2 - 12 years)  - $15/night

infants (under 2 years)  - free of charge

more info


50 Centennial Ave.

The Cellar Door

143 Centennial Avenue. Ph: 03 448 6926

Stadium Tavern

8 Centennial Ave. Ph: 03 448 7006

The Rock Bar &Grill

19/24 Tarbert Street. Ph: 03 448 8384

Ninety Six

96 Centennial Avenue. Ph: 03 448 6482

Tin Goose Café

22 Centennial Avenue. Ph: 03 448 5995


37 Centennial Ave.

Monteith’s Brewery Bar

26 Centennial Ave. Ph: 03 448 9189

Café Rossi

23 Tarbert Street. Ph: 03 448 6550

New World

89 Centennial Ave.

Night and Day Dairy

120 Centennial Ave.

Sushi Cafe

49 B Centennial Ave. Ph: 021 0842 2636

Avenue Bakery

61 Centennial Avenue. Ph: 03 448 8022

The Bakery Alexandra

82 Centennial Avenue. Ph: 03 448 5225

Kebab Time

51 Centennial Avenue. Ph: 03 448 6941

Fishtail Restaurant & Bar

Indian restaurant. 57 Centennial Avenue. Ph: 03 448 7454

Thai Crom

49 Centennial Avenue. Ph: 03 448 7712

The Courthouse Café & Bar

8 Centennial Ave. Ph: 03 448 7818

Sweet Basil Thai & Kiwi Food

73 Centennial Avenue. Ph: 03 448 5444

Side Walk Café

72 Centennial Avenue. Ph: 03 448 9021

Central Stories Museum and Art Gallery

An Alexandra must-see is the Central Stories Museum and Art Gallery, located on Centennial Avenue. The museum has audio-visual displays and houses several living examples of the most critically threatened skinks in New Zealand. Within the museum there are different exhibits, including gold mining and the early pioneering farmers with history of the merino sheep, dredging and the battle farmers had against rabbits. The Art Gallery often has new displays and exhibitions. The Museum and Art Gallery are situated in the same building as the Alexandra i-Site Visitors Centre. 

Old Courthouse

The old Courthouse is one of the town's oldest stone buildings which played an important part in the day to day life of the Central Otago goldfields. It opened in 1879 and operated until 1972. Reopened & refreshed in September 2009 as the Courthouse Cafe & Bar. Open 7:30am to 4:30pm Monday to Friday & 8am to 4pm Saturday & Sunday. 8 Centennial Avenue. 

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

Anniversary River Track

Journey beside the impressive Clutha River on The Anniversary River Track, which starts in Alexandra and finishes in Clyde, making it 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 i-SITE Visitor Centre. The track hugs the Clutha river banks most of the way to Clyde. There are many good picnic areas shaded by wilding willow trees.

Roxburgh Gorge Walk

Look out for the sign when you have crossed over the Shaky Bridge that leads you to the Roxburgh Gorge Walk. There are maps available from the Alexandra i-SITE Visitor Centre.

Iconic Alexandra clock

To access the Alexandra clock, you will need to find the track which is located at the Shaky Bridge that crosses the Manuherikia River. Follow the track from this point and you will find the 11 metres tall iconic clock which provides fabulous views of Alexandra and the surrounding mountain ranges.

Earnscleugh Tailings Reserve

To find the Earnscleugh Tailings Reserve from Alexandra, you will need to cross the bridge over the Clutha River and turn right into Earnscleugh Road. After 3km along this road you will turn into Marshall Road. At the end of this road is the car park and information kiosk for the Earnscleugh Tailings Reserve. There are several walking areas from this point. You will see millions of cubic meters of earth that has been moved in the frantic hunt for gold. This view is breath-taking and unbelievable.

Pioneer Park

Pionner Park is located in its centre with tennis courts and childrens playpark. On Saturday mornings over the Summer and Autumn, you will find Market Stalls.

The Molyneux Aquatic Centre

This pool has excellent facilities including an indoor 30m heated pool, a children’s heated pool, and spa inside. Over summer months there is an outdoor pool which is very popular with children. Reception also sells refreshments. The Molyneux Aquatic Centre is Located on Boundary Rd. For more information or enquiries, please phone: 03 448 8653.

The IceInline Sports Complex

The Iceinline Sports Complex (Inc) is an Incorporated Society which owns and operates an outdoor a full 60 x 30 meter Olympic sized ice rink in Molyneux Park, the largest one of its type in New Zealand. Come along and skate in a friendly atmosphere with friends and family. Open mid May -mid August.


Alexandra Golf Course

Alexandra golf course is scenic as well as challenging.

State Highway 8. Ph: 03 448 8204

Alexandra Bowling Green

Alexandra bowling green has two outdoor greens and four rink indoor complex which has recently been recarpeted, allows you to play bowls all year round.

Molyneux Park. Ph: 03 448 5200

Fishing for Trout

Fishing for Trout is popular with locals and holiday makers. You have the choice of 2 rivers. The Clutha River runs through Alexandra town ship and Manuherikia River enters the Clutha just below the township. You can view it when crossing the Shaky Bridge. There is fishing maps available at i-site which show many locations for explore the local area and fishing.

The first Central Otago grapes were planted in the Alexandra Basin by French gold miners in the 1860‘s. Some wines were sold at this time but full-scale commercial wine making did not begin in earnest until the 1980‘s. The difficult and complex pinot noir grape is the speciality of the basin and the unique landscape, terroir and climate all contribute to perfect growing conditions and exceptional wines from over 30 growers, vineyards and winemakers.

Hawkdun Rise Vineyard

The Hawkdun Rise vineyard is small, planted in 1994. The vineyard is planted in predominantly Pinot Noir with a small amount of Gewürztraminer. The scale of the vineyard is just enough for the couple to manage “with a little help from my friends,” says John.

more info

Alexandra Blossom Festival

The annual Alexandra Blossom Festival, New Zealands longest running festival, started over 50 years ago to raise funds for community projects and celebrates the start of spring. Still going strong the Alexandra Blossom Festival has expanded to include popular events such as the Wool On fashion design competition and Race around the clock. There are a huge list of activities and events happening over this period check out for all the details.

When: 27th to 29th September 2020

Alexandra Summer Markets

Friendly, informal, European-type market open to any stall holder whether they sell plants, produce and craft or food, imported items and second hand goods. 

The season starts with the Labour Weekend market and then every Saturday from 10 a.m. in December, January and February. In late January the market is joined by a local farmers market selling fresh produce. The final market is on Easter Saturday in conjunction with the Central Otago Bunny Hunt. 

Where: Pioneer Park

For further information contact 
(03) 4492 119 or 

The Great Alexandra Easter Bunny Hunt

This is a great weekend to spend in Alexandra with a number of exciting events taking place. It all starts off with the Great Easter Bunny Hunt. For those not interested in hunting head to the markets on the Saturday, they offer a huge array of arts, crafts, clothing, gardening, food, local produce and goodies, infact there is something for everyone. 

When: Easter Saturday

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.

More Info