Clyde - Alexandra

Clyde to Alexandra   Distance: 8 km

  • From the Clyde Historic Precinct, along greenways and then through the State Highway 8 Daphne Hull Underpass will get you to the Clyde Trailhead. In the underpass do pause to admire the fantastic Bruce Potter mural lining the walls.  
  • Free long term parking is available at the Trailhead. There is also a well-maintained public toilet block.
  • A highlight on the Clyde-Alexandra section is the 109 metres long and 9 metres tall Muttontown wooden trestle viaduct.
  • After the Muttontown Viaduct you will see one of the last remaining signal arms on what was the Otago Central Railway.
  • On the outskirts of Alexandra, the Rail Trail runs parallel to the greens and fairways of the Alexandra Golf Club 18 hole course.
Clyde Train station

In the township of Clyde the Train station still exists on its original site. It is now a Shebikeshebikes depot.

Underpass Tunnel

Cyclists can now use the newly opened underpass without the stress of closing SH8. 

Muttontown Viaduct

A highlight on this section is the wooden trestle Muttontown Viaduct which is 109 metres long and 9 metres high.

Signal Box

After closing Muttontown Viaduct you will see a Signal box.

Anniversary River Track

Cross the Clutha River at Clyde and follow signs leading to the Anniversary River Track running parallel to the Clutha River. This very scenic track follows the river to the Alexandra Bridge and you then have to cycle through Alexandra onto SH85 (to Ranfurly) where after a short distance the Rail Trail crosses the road and you can rejoin the trail.

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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