Trail Places


  • Alexandra Golf Course

    Alexandra Golf Course

    Play golf in Alexandra.  The pines bordering the golf course along Sta...Read More

  • Central Cinema

    Central Cinema

    Offering entertainment and film to people in our area of Central Otago...Read More

  • Flat Top Hill Conservation Area

    Flat Top Hill Conservation Area

    Walk or mountain bike around Flat Top Hill Conservation area, where na...Read More

  • Lake Roxburgh Walkway

    Lake Roxburgh Walkway

    From Graveyard Gully this trail follows an old bridle path that transp...Read More

  • Mitchells Cottage

    Mitchells Cottage

    A tangible link with goldmining - Mitchells Cottage is one of the best...Read More

  • Molyneux Aquatic Centre

    Molyneux Aquatic Centre

    Ideally placed in Molyneux Park off Centennial Avenue, the Molyneux Aq...Read More

  • Shaky Bridge - Alexandra Clock

    Shaky Bridge - Alexandra Clock

    A short walk across the historic Shaky Bridge up to the Alexandra Cloc...Read More

  • Alexandra Heights Motel

    Alexandra Heights Motel

    Spacious, modern accommodation on Alexandra's main street, Alexandra H...Read More

  • Almond Court Motel & Apartments

    Almond Court Motel & Apartments

    The family-friendly motel offers 8 comfortable and spacious motel apar...Read More

  • Centennial Court Motor Inn

    Centennial Court Motor Inn

    Located in Alexandra, New Zealand and five minutes stroll from the cen...Read More

  • Hawkdun Rise Vineyard Accommodation

    Hawkdun Rise Vineyard Accommodation

    Experience Central Otago's first vineyard stay! Enjoy the tranquility ...Read More

  • Judge Rock Accommodation

    Judge Rock Accommodation

    Enjoy vineyard accommodation at its finest. Spacious open plan living ...Read More

  • Judge Rock Vineyard

    Judge Rock Vineyard

    Elegant - Sensuous - Intimate. Come and taste award winning Pinot Noir...Read More

  • Monteith's Brewery Bar Alexandra

    Monteith's Brewery Bar Alexandra

    Good Food, Good Wine, Good Beer, Friendly Service. Located on the main...Read More

Fondly known as “Alex,” this is the biggest town on the trail and your chance to do any serious shopping. First-time visitors to Central Otago can see right away why it is labeled “A World of Difference” – nestled against the dry-as-a-bone Knobby Ranges, Alex looks like an oasis in the desert.    

 Like Clyde, Alexandra began as a gold rush town in the 1860s, its heyday being the dredging days of the 1890s. There are still historic buildings and places scattered around, but it has the feel of a modern town, catering for the orchards, sheep farms and (the new gold) vineyards that surround it.

This is the main rural service centre in Central, catering for your important needs – in health care (doctors, pharmacies, Dunstan Hospital), banking and ATMs, legal services, retail shops (fashion, gifts, books, household), food retailers (the butcher, the baker, supermarket), bicycle service, tour operators…

The hot, dry, sunny days of summer make it a popular holiday place, a great place for relaxing – enjoy fine food and wine at local cafes and restaurants, go on a wine or craft trail. Time your trip for events such as the spring Alexandra Blossom Festival and the Thyme Festival in November (check out the Events section on our website). The Alexandra Visitor Centre-Central Stories Museum also has heaps of information on more energetic things to do… local walking guides, 4-W drive tours, easy cycling trips or mountain bike trails in the hills, fishing, water sports… or take a look at their gold mining history display and then explore the Earnscleugh Tailings Historic Reserve, go gold panning, discover the history of gold mining days from a river boat cruise…. The local Department of Conservation office also offers helpful advice and sells maps/guides for walkers, trampers, etc.

And, eat your heart out Hollywood, Alex has a real clock on its hillside – 11 m wide and lit by LED, you can see it from 10 km away, or you can cross Shaky Bridge and walk up to the lookout.