Places in Central Otago
Alexandra to Palmerston
Separated by 8km of SH85, tiny Lauder and larger Omakau (population 250) are good stops if you’re a hungry rail-trailer with a sore bum and in need of a feed and a bed. However, the area's real gem is adorable Ophir (population 50), 2km from Omakau across the Manuherikia River.
Unless you’ve come especially for the Easter Bunny Hunt or September’s NZ Merino Shearing Championships, the main reason to visit unassuming Alexandra is mountain biking. It's the biggest Rail Trail settlement by far, offering more eating and sleeping options than the rest of the one-horse (or fewer) towns on the route.
Much more charming than his buddy Alex, 8km down the road, Clyde looks more like a 19th-century gold-rush film set than a real town. Set on the banks of the emerald-green Clutha River, Clyde (www.clyde.co.nz) retains a friendly, small-town feel, even when holidaymakers arrive in numbers over summer. It’s also one end of the Otago Central Rail Trail (see p000).
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