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080421Day 1 Christchurch - Clyde

We departed Christchurch at 8:30am for the drive south via the inland route through Mackenzie Country to Central Otago, stopping for lunch at a beautiful rural cafe. Directly after our arrival in Clyde we got our bikes and cycled to our fist accomodation. We stayed in the charming historic precinct of Clyde in the beautifully restored Dunstan House - an historic hotel, and eat out at a local restaurant. http://www.dunstanhouse.co.nz/

Clyde is a township in the South Island of New Zealand tucked in the rugged sub-alpine landscape of the region of Central Otago, amid a magnificent schist rock landscape not found in any other part of New Zealand the historic gold mining town lies at the entry to the Cromwell Gorge and is just below the Clyde Hydro Electric dam and Lake Dunstan. The mighty Clutha river flows alongside. It is a short distance away from Alexandra, the commercial hub of Central Otago. It is a region of great contrasts with the blossom and wild thyme flowers of spring, the searing heat and aridness of summer, the sublime and stunning autumn colours, and the bitter cold and hoar frosts of winter. It is an environment that has earned the respect and admiration of Clyde inhabitants ever since settlement began, in the early 1860's. http://www.clyde.co.nz/cont/

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