Alexandra is a gold mining town at its heart with its personality very much rooted farming and the outdoors. The riverside town and it’s surrounding hills have spectacular walking and cycling trails and mountain biking tracks that take you on a journey through beautiful country and old gold mining trails. For many years Alexandra has welcomed generations of campers and the tradition continues today with it being one of New Zealand's offically recognised 'Motorhome Friendly Town's.
Located at the junction of two of New Zealand's great ride cycle trails, and with a variety of single track mountain biking trails on its doorstep, a competitive BMX track and kids bike park, it would be a rare day indeed to not see cyclists in town. This place, its landscape and climate are known for inspiring people to be in the outdoors enjoying trails that are second to none.
Alexandra has a semi-continental climate with hot and dry summers and extremely cold winters. If you like extremes, you have a lot in common with our pinot noir grapes. The mineral-rich soils and climate are perfect for pinot noir vineyards and the town boasts a talented bunch of wine growers who harvest pretty epic vino. Be sure to make time for some wine tasting and a yarn at our boutique vineyards and cellar doors.
During the summer and autumn the fruit stalls are laden with fresh goodies. Fill up your picnic basket with tangy apricots, crisp apples, cherries like you’ve never tasted and peaches. The treats around here are fresh as.
For the golf nuts among you – book yourself a round on the desert like terrain and test your skills on the narrow fairways of the Alexandra Golf Club – with vistas out towards the Old Man, Hawkdun, Dunstan and Knobby Ranges.
For a heritage walk with a bit of a difference, explore the vast moonscape of the gold digging and dredge sites at the Earnscleugh Tailings – a nationally significant site as it’s the only complete record of dredging activity from 1863 – 1963
And for those keen on getting up into Central’s big skies, Alexandra has a small airport, popular with amateur aviation enthusiasts.