Alexandra boomed during the late 1800s, when huge gold dredges worked the Clutha River. Today the town is a striking sanctuary of trees and civilisation which owes its prosperity to orchardists and wine makers. On mountain bike or by foot you can appreciate the unique beauty of the area and follow the gold miner's trails in the hills.
There are many attractions and activities in the area for anyone of any age from the local art galleries to golf and aviation. You can also visit Pinot Noir vineyards and discover gold mining history at the museum. Enjoy the areas rich, tasty and local fruit such as apricots, peaches, cherries and apples in summer and autumn.
Alexandra was originally known to miners of the 1860's by several names: the "Lower Township", the "Junction Township", and "Manuherikia". It was founded during the Central Otago gold rush in the 1860s, and was named after Alexandra of Denmark.
Other Towns in the Central Otago Region