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Southern Destinations: March 22, 2018

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20 | southern holiday destinations alexandra/clyde | MarCh 2018 creature comFort in clyde No matter what the season, you’ll find a warm welcome at the Antique Lodge Motel where hosts Heidi and Gunther Birgel provide many creature comforts for their guests including long term parking and bike storage for those doing the popular Central Otago Rail Trail. The motel dates from the 1970’s and offers affordable self-catering accommodation ranging from superior to standard and family to single bedroom units. All units have fully equipped kitchens, flat screen TV, Sky, free Wifi and there are large central heating convectors for cosy warmth in winter. In summer, the free gas barbeque is a popular amenity after a day of cycling, sightseeing or wine tasting! The Antique Lodge Motel is just a short stroll from Clyde’s impressive historic precinct where delightful cafés, restaurants and shops are housed in many of the town’s heritage buildings. Melding international flavours in down town Clyde Clyde’s newest restaurant Paulina’s is well know for its fresh ingredients and refreshing New Zealand and International flavours. Open 7 days a week for dinner Mon - Sat from 5pm and for lunch and dinner on Sundays from 12pm. From the garden to the plate - fresh veggies and herbs flavour many of our dishes and salads. 6 Naylor Street, Clyde Booking: 03-4493236 info@paulinasrestaurant.co.nz www.paulinasrestaurant.co.nz paulina’s restaurant Located next to the local cinema in Clyde, Paulina’s Restaurant was opened in 2016 by owner and chef, Paulina Corvalan. Originally from Chile, but now resident in New Zealand since 2004, Paulina has introduced locals and visitors to Central Otago to her simple, uncomplicated food that is wholesome and delicious. “We use the plate as our platform to serve the kind of cuisine that brings unexpected delight” she says. A garden has been recently started as part of Paulina’s “garden to plate” vision and supplies the restaurant with a wide a Warm alexandra Welcome Situated in the heart of Central Otago, a warm welcome awaits visitors to the Alexandra Holiday Park at any time of the year. There is a varied selection of accommodation to suit all budgets including: 10 self-contained units sleeping 2 to 9 people, depending on the unit; plus 2 and 4 berth standard cabins and 300 powered sites for camper vans, caravans and tents; with the Matti and the Complex and Matti catering for larger groups from 16 to 29. Clean and comfortable facilities are complemented by a TV room, internet range of fresh vegetables, flowers and herbs. “Summery herbs such as basil, parsley, coriander and thyme flavour many of the dishes; lamb is served with fresh char-grilled vegetables and there are lovely garden salads on the menu as entrees.” As well as fine food, try the restaurant’s signature cocktail “Pisco Sour.” The South American cocktail is a mix of sweet and sharp taste with a texture that changes from “cloud like” foam to an icy tang. A “must try”! For further information visit www.paulinasrestaurant.co.nz access, play area, laundry and even an ablution block that’s centrally heated in winter! Located close to the Otago Rail Trail, Aquatic Centre, horse riding and golf course, Alexandra Holiday Park is also an ideal base to enjoy fishing, walking, mountain biking, 4WD off roading plus skating and curling in winter, as well as the renowned vineyards, wineries, cafes and restaurants of the district. Ph 03 448 8297 or email info@ahp.nz or visit www.ahp.nz WINTER EVENTS i n c e n t r a l o t a g o APRIL 2018 Sun 1 April - Warbirds over Wanaka Airshow, Wanaka Airport Sat 14 April - contact Epic MtB, Lake Hayes MAy 2018 Mon 7 May - Ultimate nZ Photography tour, Queenstown Airport JUnE 2018 Sun 24 June - Queenstown Winter Festival, various venues thu 28 June - 2018 Ice Hockey USA vs cAnAdA, Queenstown Arena SEPtEMBER 2018 Sat 01 Sep - gay Ski Week, Queenstown various venues ALEXANDRA HOLIDAY PARK 44 Manuherikia Rd, Alexandra Ph: (03) 448 8297 info@ahp.nz www.ahp.nz Close to 4WD Tracks, Rail Trail, Aqua Centre, Golf Courses, Bike & Walking Tracks, Wine Trails, Curling, Fantastic Fishing, Approx 1 hour drive to Wanaka, Queenstown, Naseby, Ranfurly. “Great for a getaway in sunny Central Otago” • 7 self-contained 1 & 2-bedroom units • Short stroll to Clyde’s eateries in historic precinct • Continental breakfast buffet in Schist stable (Oct-Apr) • FREE WIFI, car & bike storage on-site 56 Sunderland Street | Clyde | Central Otago Ph: 03 4492709 | 0800 99 22 66 www.antiquelodgemotel.co.nz Your all seasons holiday stay!

MARCH 2018 | clyde soutHeRn HolidAy destinAtions | 21 exploring central otago by bike olivers in clyde Established in 1869 by merchant Benjamin Naylor, Olivers in Clyde is one of Central Otago’s most significant historic landmarks with a Heritage NZ category one listing. Naylor saw financial opportunity in provisioning the many miners that flocked to the region’s goldfields and for over 100 years the buildings have continued to provide essential supplies and sustenance to locals and weary travellers alike. Today’s owners, David and Andrea Ritchie took over Olivers 8 years ago, meticulously and sympathetically restoring the buildings and relaunching its boutique accommodation. Eleven en suited rooms within the old stables and the original homestead blend the old with the new, creating a contemporary ambience integrally linked with bygone days. The final step in the refurbishment was the re-opening of the restaurant in 2015, within the stone walls of the original Victoria Store. Fresh, clean flavours are the hallmark of cuisine at Olivers Restaurant, featuring superb local and seasonal produce and where a “level of uniqueness’’ is providing diners with a memorable experience. Also, established on site is the Victoria Store Brewery and Bar, while a new extension houses the Merchant of Clyde Café and Deli. The brewery offers a fine selection of craft beers on tap, while the café’s house-made goods cater for early morning customers starting the Otago Central Rail Trail and those wishing to relax during the day from the rush of the world, have a coffee and fresh local pastry in the courtyard! Enjoy an architectural, historic and gastronomic delight on your next visit to Clyde or, for more information visit www. olivers.co.nz Scenic, historic and peppered with some of our best vineyards, Central Otago has become a mecca for cyclists of all ages. There’s no better way to explore the district, than to team up with Bike It Now! Based in the historic town of Clyde and centrally located for people to ride all of the region’s trails, Bike It Now! is owned and operated by Duncan, Fletch and Lisa, all residents of Clyde. Bike It Now! offers top quality cycle hire, full day (One Day Wonders!) and multi day tours which accommodate riders of all abilities. Their fleet with its new Trek Roscoe 7’s with features such as 27+ wheels and tyres for a super smooth ride. All hire bikes have; ergonomic grips, hydraulic disc brakes, puncture resistant tyres, drop down panniers, high spec componentry and….. yes, plush padded seats too! Bike It Now! has the latest Avanti Discovery 3 bikes for those who prefer a more upright riding style, while their fleet of Scott and Haibike E-bikes provide increased power via E Technology supplied by Bosch if your own pedal power is not quite enough! As E-bike specialists with both rental and purchase options, Bike It Now’s Kathryn Fletcher says “E-bikes allow more visitors to explore the many trails of Central Otago, let social groups of varying experience and ability to ride together and encourage healthy outdoor activity among people of all ages.” The company also has a selection of kids’ bikes, baby seats, weehoos and “tow- behinds” so that families can get on their bikes too. Bike It Now! is also a Trek, Scott, Avanti, Hai-bike, Merida and Smart Motion authorised dealer, selling a wide range of bikes including the largest range of e bikes in the South Island as well as accessories and clothing (including Mons Royale, Madison and Leatt) required by cyclists. This is complemented by a full workshop. The company operates 7 days a week and is only closed on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Some of the region’s most popular trails include: Wedderburn - this 2 day delight via Poolburn Gorge includes transport to Wedderburn and overnight stay in Lauder. Otago Central Rail Trail (152km), the original great ride that you can do one of our “One Day Wonders” or two day “Fantastic Rides” if on a time limit, otherwise 3 – 5 days is the way to go! Clutha Gold Trail 73km from Roxburgh Dam to Lawrence follows the mighty Clutha River. Roxburgh Gorge Trail (34km) is a premier one day recreational cycle trail that can join the Clutha Gold Trail to make a 3 day ride between Clyde and Lawrence. Other New Zealand cycle trails can be booked by arrangement with Bike It Now! For further information and “on your bike” inspiration visit www. bikeitnow.co.nz dunstan House - clyde Located in the historic township of Clyde, Dunstan House is an iconic building offerings boutique bed and breakfast accommodation amid heritage precinct architecture and ambience. With its origins in 1865 during the height of the Otago gold rush, the existing building was constructed in 1898. Fully restored, earthquake strengthened and modernised, it retains its historic charm. Guests are treated to elegant rooms, each with individual décor and modern facilities that retain the historic feel, including those deep claw-foot baths for a relaxing soak. These are complemented by authentic architectural features that include the original ceilings and wall panelling, the elegant handmade wooden staircase and bike it now! “Sensational Service” Muzza_W23 Trip Advisor “Couldn’t Ask for More” Hamish 2018 “Freedom machines and all the thinking done for you!” roserandom Trip Advisor thick stone walls. The colonial veranda begs visitors to relax and absorb the timeless atmosphere. The proud owners, Meredith and Ian Kerrisk and their family, are also your hosts. They maintain a discreet presence while ensuring a relaxed “home away from home” atmosphere. Clyde is a recognised and popular tourist destination. Travellers who, a century ago, used to arrive on foot, by Cobb and Co stagecoach, or on horseback, now arrive by bus, car or bike as they explore the rail trail and many other local attractions. Dunstan House hosts guests from all over the world and throughout New Zealand and has a proud history of providing a memorable and unique experience. • Top quality bike hire including e-bike specialists • Bike retail • Bike tours • Itinerary planning • Transport; including door to door from Queenstown • Otago Central Rail Trail • Roxburgh Gorge Trail • Clutha Gold Trail • Half-day to multi-day rides • www.bikeitnow.co.nz • 0800 BIkenOw (245366) • 25 Holloway St, Historic Clyde • Facebook/bikeitnow Clyde - Central Otago This beautifully restored 1899 Heritage Hotel on main street historic Clyde offers a unique boutique bed and breakfast experience. Room rates are: Deluxe suite: $260 Individual period ensuite rooms: $190-$220 Double period rooms with share bathroom facilities: $130-$180 Rates effective from 1st September 2017 – 1st September 2018 Central Heating • WIFI • Guest Lounge • Part of the Heritage Precinct 29 Sunderland Street, Clyde Ph 449-2295 info@dunstanhouse.co.nz | www.dunstanhouse.co.nz Your hosts: Meredith and Ian Kerrisk Set within one of Otago’s most significant heritage buildings, enjoy the fresh local flavours of award winning Olivers Restaurant. Taste craft beer brewed onsite or visit the Merchant of Clyde café-bakery-deli for Hummingbird coffee and delicious baked goods and our own range of preserves and condiments. Olivers Lodge and Stables provides luxurious heritage accommodation in 11 en-suited rooms, within a beautiful courtyard setting. 34 Sunderland Street, Clyde | P 03 449 2600 bookings@olivers.co.nz | www.olivers.co.nz