The historic town of Clyde sits at the foot of a river gorge. It is surrounded by rounded hills of schist punctuated with large craggy standing rocks.

This small Central Otago town was called Dunstan. Schist is gold bearing rock. And substantial strikes in the rivers near Clyde sparked a gold rush in the late 1800s.

It’s easy to see why some of the first Europeans to enter the region chose this site as a place to settle. The micro-climate offers hot, dry summers, with mild springs and autumns that are full of nature’s colours.

Today, Clyde is a great place to enjoy the cafe lifestyle in a scenic setting rich in history.