Alexandra to Clyde River Track

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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?

Explore the Local Area By Bike

Once you have arrived in Clyde, you may decide to explore the area further.  One of the best ways to do this is by a self-guided cycling tour along the Central Otago Rail Trail.  If pedal power isn’t your thing, these tours also have e-bikes available.

Quick Facts about this walk

  • Location: South Island NZ
  • Distance: 12 km
  • Time needed: 3 Hours
  • Difficulty: Very Easy
  • Wheelchair Access: No
  • Route: Round Trip
  • Elevation: Unknown
  • Wet Feet: No
  • Toilets: No
  • Dogs: No
  • Mobile Coverage: Yes
  • Last Updated: November 2020

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Points of interest along the walk​

Point 1: Alexandra to Clyde River Track

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

Point 2: First bridge

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.

Point 3: Earnscleugh Historic Tailings

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.

Point 4: Clyde River bridge

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.

What sort of walking and hiking gear will you need

We’ve partnered with Macpac outdoor walking & hiking gear to bring you the very best products designed exclusively for our New Zealand climate. They’ll ship for FREE within NZ on orders over $100 (if under $100 it’s only $5). Worldwide international shipping is available except to the USA. Bulky orders will be $20.

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