|Alexandra is Central Otago’s thriving commercial and cultural centre and a popular holiday destination. |
Nestled in a large river basin at the junction of the Manuherikia River and the mighty Clutha (Mat a Au) River, Alexandra is surrounded by a distinctive 'moonscape' of rocky tors and stark high country.
Experience the drama of its seasons – the burst of blossoming fruit trees in spring, the wafting scent of wild thyme on hot summer days, the glisten of red and gold in autumn and the bright mystical beauty of a winter hoar frost.
Born in the gold rush era, Alexandra is renowned as the birthplace of river-based gold dredging and bloomed again, when its fruit growing potential was realised. Central Stories Museum and Art Gallery displays its unique, rich heritage.
Visit historic stone bridge piers & buildings, dredge tailings, stone walls, sluicing remains, miners’ workings, tail race tunnels and historic churches.
Visitors and locals can always tell the time of day in Alexandra by one of the world’s most unusual clocks, standing 11 metres wide on a rock face high above the town.
Enjoy the eateries, wineries, parks, artists’ studios, golf course and modern facilities of Alexandra. Accommodation is plentiful from motels, bed and breakfast places, camp grounds to lodges. There are many opportunities for recreation including boating, swimming, fishing or exploring the hills and valleys by foot, mountain bike or four wheel drive.
Celebrate 'Central' at New Zealand's original Blossom Festival in September, The National Merino Shearing & Wool Handling Championships and Wool On Fashion Awards in October, the Thyme Festival in November, Otago Central Rail Trail Duathalon in February and first class cricket matches throughout summer.
Taste fruit picked fresh from the tree, feel the rivers’ cooling touch and step back in time, here in Alexandra, the heart of Central Otago.