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Alexandra, New Zealand

Alexandra is a town located in the Central Otago region of New Zealand's South Island. Alexandra is located on the banks of the Clutha River on State Highway 8.

According to the 2001 census of population and dwellings, the permanent population is 4407, a drop of 210 since 1996. 23.5% of the population is aged over 65, higher than the national average.

The town first grew during the Central Otago gold rushes of the 1860's

Alexandra is the service centre for a significant stone-fruit growing district, and this is celebrated in the town's blossom festival each spring. However, many orchards were destroyed in the 1980's as a result of the controversial construction of the Clyde High Dam 10km upriver. The town is a popular holiday destination.

The region is one of the furthest from a coastline in New Zealand and one of the few which experiences a continental climate with severe winters and hot, dry summers.

External Links

Alexandra District Promotions website

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