Clyde is the location of the Clyde Dam, one of the largest I New Zealand and the body of water that is dammed is called Lake Dunstan named after historic village that forms an element of the Clyde township.
The Clutha River is the swiftest river (per volume) in the southern hemisphere. The river then runs to the Roxburgh Dam before finally meeting the sea at Balclutha.
Clyde is a larger town than what first impression conveys, but for the majority of goods and services Alexandra is the key provider. Clyde’s second spurt of growth occurred as a result of the Dam construction and is in essence a new town; but because of the Dunstan input Clyde is referred to as an ‘historic town’
Clyde grew up around the former settlement of Dunstan during the Central Otago gold rush of the 1860s. The town could once claim to be the most populous in New Zealand during the height of gold fever.
Clyde is fast becoming known as a tourist haven. The location is particularly attractive to those visiting the region's many vineyards and orchards. The regional weather is particularly warm and dry during the summer months.