Recently, we treated ourselves to a Central Otago Lodge accommodation at Olivers Lodge and Stables in Clyde. Only an hour’s drive from Queenstown, and away from the masses, we enjoyed a special level of comfort after riding the Central Otago Rail Trail.

Central Otago biking

Central Otago Rail Trail

Olivers Central Otago Lodge accommodation

The new owners of Olivers have totally refurbished the lodge and have added a high-end restaurant, cafe, bar and brewery plus a bakery where fresh bread is baked daily.

Olivers Exterior Clyde2

Central Otago Lodge accommodation

We chose the Stable room located in the courtyard. Spending good money on a converted stable may sound strange, but if it’s furnished in a luxurious rustic style with underfloor bathroom heating, who’s complaining? Believe me, after riding the Rail Trail all day, that super-king bed looked pretty darn good.

Olivers Clyde Stable suite

Central Otago Lodge accommodation

The stable rooms are located in the courtyard of Olivers and seemed quieter and more intimate.  Our room was huge!

Olivers stable Suite3

Central Otago Lodge accommodation

For a softer, plusher style, the lodge rooms are an excellent alternative to the stables and have a different type of wow factor.

Olivers Lodge room4

Central Otago Lodge accommodation

Olivers dining, Central Otago Lodge accommodation

We shared this beautiful big breakfast table with happy travellers all keen to get out onto the cycle trails. The camaraderie was great. This type of communal dining works only works if you’re prepared to converse with other seasoned travellers. And believe me, it has it’s rewards. Many years ago, we formed a lifetime friendship with a great couple we met here.

Olivers Clyde Breakfast

It’s not hard to produce home-made cereals and at a certain price level, you should expect it. Michael wolfed down homemade muesli and my gluten-free muesli was delicious. Don’t you just love it when people take a bit of trouble with presentation (yes, that fruit is all real).

Olivers Clyde Breakfast food

Throughout our Southland journey, we were often served by French or German wait staff and their service was excellent. The Olivers restaurant was no exception.

Olivers Restaurant Clyde

Although the chefs seemed rather tense, this did not detract from their culinary skill. The lamb was excellent.

Olivers Lamb dish

I think Olivers could best be summed up as a lifestyle experience in which the beautiful little historic town of Clyde should be proud. It’s a unique oasis unlike any other in New Zealand.

Happy Travelling

2 responses to “Central Otago Lodge accommodation”

  1. Jan says:

    wow – looks amazing! What an awesome experience. They have done a beautiful job with their renovations – simply stunning.

    • GuestNZ says:

      Yes, the new owners have achieved so much in a short space of time. I’m so glad this iconic building is going from strength to strength.

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