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Formerly known as Lower Dunstan, it grew originally as an offshoot of Clyde (The Dunstan) but became a town in its own right in the 1890's (named after the then new Princess of Wales). The town of Alexandra offers a variety of restaurants as well as several vineyards. With an ice skating rink, horse riding trails, walking tracks, off roading tracks, mountain biking, historic places, golf club, a swimming pool plus lots more, there is something for everyone to do.

Alexandra, located in the heart of Central Otago has a population of about 4600 (1996 statistics) and is the business centre for the area. Due to its climate and location the town is prosperous in orcharding and sheep farming. Alexandra has an average rainfall of 300-400 mm and an average of 2,046 hours of sunshine each year.

Alexandra is situated at the junction of State Highway 8 and provincial highway 85. At first Alexandra was just an offshoot of Clyde, but it made its own name in the gold dredging boom of the 1890s. At that time people also began to see the enormous fruit-growing potential of the area. Today the gold and the dredges have all but gone, but the fruit trees make sure Alexandra stays prosperous. Alexandra is the centre for stone fruit, particularly golden apricots.

  • Last visit to Alexandra: Dec 2000
  • Intro Updated Oct 20, 2003
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  • craic's Profile Photo
    Aug 12, 2009 at 10:34 AM

    so beautiful

  • keeweechic's Profile Photo
    Feb 3, 2004 at 9:29 PM

    Such a gorgeous area. Can't believe that bridge is that old. Great relic of the past. I knew very little of the Frankton area also but there seems to be a Kelly's bar everywhere. Remarkables lodge is a great location. Enjoyed both your pages.

  • pepples46's Profile Photo
    Dec 30, 2003 at 8:29 PM

    an other great one Bec but tell me, the Angel is fallen....from what ^^..^

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