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Originally named “The Dunstan” this town grew out of the gold rush in the 1860’s. Many of the buildings from that time still remain giving Clyde it lovely character. 

Starting as a tent village beside the Molyneux River (Mata au or known now as the Clutha) the town quickly grew. A land title search will show how the existing properties are made up of the original strips of land parcels for a tent. 

In the 1980’s, construction of the Clyde Hydro Dam saw the town expand again with the influx of workers before becoming a place where people would have their holiday homes. 

With the birth of the Otago Central Rail Trail, Roxburgh Gorge Trail, Lake Dunstan Trail and an expanding number of vineyards, micro breweries and appreciation of good food, Clyde has now become a tourist destination in its own right. 

Originally called ‘The Dunstan’, this Central Otago goldfields town was the hub of mining activity in the 1860’s and retains its solid charm from those arduous days of the past. After Hartley and Reilly made their discovery of gold on the river in 1862, thousands of miners rushed to claim the riches of the ground. ‘The Dunstan’ started as a tent village beside the river and evolved into a substantial settlement before the gold ran out. It officially became ‘Clyde’ in 1865 but the original name is still sometimes used to refer to the area. 

For the last one hundred years or so Clyde has been a picturesque holiday destination surrounded by latter day gold from the land; wonderful fruit and vineyards. 

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SheBikesHeBikes Clyde – Free Water

SheBikesHeBikes Clyde – Free Water Historic Clyde Railway Station – Fraser St Clyde SheBikesHeBikes have chilled water available during our standard opening hours. This is ...
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Paulina’s Tapas & Pizza Bar

A Chilean influence on food and the environment. Live music on the weekends including open mic nights. No bookings required. This restaurant features a bar, ...
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Nom Nom Gelato

Artisanal ice cream, gelato & sorbets made in-house using the finest of ingredients. Reduced sugar, fresh NZ milk & cream, no preservatives or artificial flavours ...
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Dunstan House Café

Catering for those with dietary requirements is their specialty. All food is handmade, using natural, local products. This cafe is a part of the historic ...
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The Old Clyde Bank

The former Clyde Bank with a cafe behind it’s doors – decorated with part of the original decor. Offers breakfast, lunch, home made cakes and ...
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Post Office Café And Bar

Enjoy both indoor and outdoor dining. Fresh baking, full expansive menu and all type of drinks available. Hours Open 7 days 10 AM – 9 ...
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Recharge Bar

Healthy supply co. since 2021. Fresh organic juices and clean nutritious food served in the heart of historic Clyde. Plant-based, dairy-free, carefree goodness to elevate ...
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Merchant of Clyde Café, Deli & Bakery

Just one part of the Olivers Victoria offering to delight your taste buds. Choose from a selection of cabinet or made to order menu items. ...
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Clyde Public Toilets

Next Olivers Merchant of Clyde Cafe on the walkway between Sunderland and Holloway Streets you’ll find Clydes public toilets. 
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Clyde Railhead Public Toilets

There is Department of Conservation toilet in the car park at the Clyde Railhead. 
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