The Alexandra to Clyde River Track is a dual purpose track specifically designed for both walkers and bikers. It follows alongside the mighty Clutha Mata-au River as it swiftly meanders through the valley.
The Alexandra to Clyde River Track is an excellent track which makes for a leisurely walk. We took 3 hours to walk the 12 km from the township of Alexandra through to picturesque Clyde. Or if you prefer, you can bike the Alexandra to Clyde River Track – a great family outing!
The banks of the mighty Clutha Mata-au River are steeped with gold mining history. Did you know that in 1920, 20 dredges were working on the Clutha Mata-au River between Alexandra and Clyde?
In the map above, if you zoom in on the walk, you’ll see all the following track points and their location. Each point has photos along with a description of each one.
Once across the Alexandra bridge, you should find the River track sign on the light pole, and to your right, there is a small shed. Turn right and follow your nose up the Clutha river
I looked down into the creek, and I saw three rainbow trout feeding alongside the riverbank. If it does rain do not worry, take the bridges and boardwalks. You will see km markers all the way along the walk (which are very helpful for those who like to know if they are ‘there yet’)—a total of 11.3 km in all.
Earnscleugh Historic tailings are easy to find just look for the old pieces of dredges lying beside the track. The Alexandra dredge produced 6500 ounces of gold over twelve rears.
Here I was lucky to find a tree full of sweet plums! A quick stroll across this historic bridge into the historic township of Clyde. Here you will find cafes to fuel you up.
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