The Clyde site is one of Plant & Food Research’s smaller sites with approximately 13 permanent and part-time staff plus seasonal and casual workers.

Our site and facilities

Although Clyde Research Centre doesn’t have a cafe to purchase prepared food from, cooking facilities are available for use by all staff.  There is a pushbike available for staff to ride around the orchard, and plenty of on-site carparking. 


The Clyde Research Centre is situated 100km from the Queenstown airport and 200km from the larger Dunedin airport.  The main form of transport to the site is by private car or via bike for the fit and energetic! 

The area

Clyde is a small settlement 2kms from the research centre, which has a number of eateries, seven day dairy, Four Square store, accommodation and petrol station.  Alexandra is the main township 10kms from the Research Centre.  Alexandra has a semi-arid climate which means long hot summers and very cold crisp winters.  Alexandra is a thriving community of approximately 5000 people with one large supermarket, all the main banks, many cafes, and specialist shops.  Alexandra is also something of an artistic hub, with galleries selling pottery, paintings and other works of art. There are many orchards in the Clyde Earnscleugh area, as well as a number of vineyards. Some wineries have a restaurant attached so you can sit down and enjoy a wine and meal in a lovely rural setting.

The area also offers many community clubs, sports clubs, churches and organisations which you can join.  There are good primary schools available in Alexandra and Clyde with the local (secondary) college and primary schools located in the Alexandra Township. 
There are other towns located within a three quarter hour drive of the research centre and house prices between towns can vary considerably.  These towns include Cromwell, Omakou, Lauder, Ranfurly and Roxburgh.

The region

Central Otago is a wonderful landscape, sunny, and dry with brown mountains and fast flowing rivers. In the 1860’s this was a place of gold; you can still pan for it along the old miners' trails and view stone cottages and relics of mine machinery. Central Otago is widely renown for it summerfruit, pipfruit and more recently grapes.  Most boutique wineries will welcome you for tours and tastings and a number host evening and lunchtime dining. 

Day walks, tramping, camping cycling, fishing, and other activities are enjoyed within the area. For those who enjoy fishing, boating and water skiing, Lakes Dunstan and Roxburgh offer a wonderful summer playground for watersports.  The Central Otago Rail Trail is a 150km long cycle trail which follows the route of the old railway line and is enjoyed by tourists and locals alike. Accommodation and meals are available at many points along the trail, all designed to allow you to cycle at your own pace. 

Winter in Alexandra is cool and crisp with an Olympic size outdoor ice skating rink open for three months mid-winter.  Curling and ice skating are also available in Naseby less than one hour’s drive from Alexandra.  It is approximately an hour to drive to each of four major skifields namely Coronet Peak, The Remarkables, Cardrona and Treblecone.

Further information

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