Clyde is at the heart of Central Otago's majestic landscape and is the perfect base from which to explore the area by bike, on foot or by water. Alternatively, take a wine tour and sample award-winning wines at some of the most scenic vineyards in New Zealand.
For the adventurous traveller there are four-wheel-drive, flying, motor-racing and jet boating experiences and for those in search of a little culture, the Central Otago Arts Trail will interest visitors with its mix of painters, potters, sculptors and photographers. Add to this some wonderful local restaurants and cafes and you have a menu of activities that will satisfy any appetite.
Cycling and the Otago Rail Trail
Cycle trails abound in Central Otago's impressive landscape including New Zealand’s premier cycleway, the Otago Central Rail Trail, which begins (or ends) at Clyde. The 152 km long trail follows the former route of the Otago Central Railway and is a journey into the region's heartland. Suitable for most abilities, this well graded trail passes vineyards, farmland, old mining settlements and spectacular river scenes with the ever-changing mountains and dry, rocky hills as a backdrop.
Vineyards and Wine Tours
Central Otago is a spectacular setting for vineyards - rugged mountains, beautiful lakes and deep river gorges - this unique terroir is world renowned for producing premium quality wines, especially Pinot Noir.
From gentle strolls around the pretty town of Clyde with its historic buildings to more energetic undertakings, there are numerous picturesque walks in this beautiful part of New Zealand. Whether it is stunning scenery that changes dramatically with each of Central Otago's four distinct seasons or the fascinating history of the 1860s goldrush, there are a myriad of possibilities. We can assist you with ideas on walks of different duration, interest and intensity.
Water Activities and River Cruising
Lake Dunstan, formed by the Clyde Dam construction, is a summer destination for boaties, water-skiers, kayakers, yachtsman, rowers, swimmers and fisherman.
Just downstream from Clyde, you can take a guided boat cruise on the Clutha River. Listen to the stories of its amazing history and geology whilst taking in the spectacular scenery.
You can explore gold miners huts that date back to the 1800s and have time to sit on the banks of the river with complimentary refreshments whilst taking in the sights and sounds of this majestic river. Bookings are essential – we can arrange this for you.
4WD Experiences & Horse trekking
Whatever the time of year Central Otago’s beauty is spectacular, so why not take some time out to experience the stunning local landscape.
Taking to the hills in a 4-wheel-drive offers marvellous views and exhilarating experiences. Local tour companies can organise personalised day trips and usually operate between September and April.
Come and explore Central Otago on horseback with Rabbit Range, for your personalised horse trekking adventure – suits all ages and abilities.
Flying and Scenic Flights
Get a bird's-eye view of Central Otago’s breath-taking landscape. From snow-capped rugged mountain ranges, to the regimented plantings of the vineyards and orchards, to the Clyde Dam and man-made Lake Dunstan, and the numerous cycle trails.
Options are fixed wing with Fly Alexandra where Nick promises some jaw-dropping scenery on your flight. Alternatively, enjoy a scenic helicopter flight with Richard and experience an alpine/ snow landing.
Central Otago is home to many talented artists, and information on their studio times and location is available. Ask us for a copy of the Central Otago Arts Trail brochure. Jan Rasmussen has her gallery across the road from Olivers and welcomes visitors. Hullabaloo art space is a collective of Central Otago artists, having its headquarters in Old Cromwell Town and well worth a visit.