The Shaky Bridge and Cameron Cottage
Over 150 years ago, here above the banks of the Manuherekia, one seriously hardy individual set to work with a cache of mud bricks in order to call this glorious slice of Central Otago home. Even then Mr Cameron understood the sentiment of ‘location, location, location’.
Since then Cameron’s cottage has been a student flat, a holiday crib, and for over 15 years an eating place in various guises.
Equal parts fairytale charm and architectural marvel the Shaky Bridge once allowed the passage of horse and cart into Alexandra. Today it’s the highlight of the short walk or bike ride which links the Bistro (and our neighbour’s vineyard and tasting room, with whom we share the namesake) to the centre of Alexandra.
Rarely do you find something like this, 10 minutes walk from a town center. Nestled in Little Valley, Shaky Bridge Bistro is a place for all seasons, (and sometimes we experience all four in a single day). Surrounded by hills, the Alexandra Basin choreographs its own weather; catching sun, breaking clouds and lassoing thermal winds. It is a stunning cyclorama of meteorological theatre. You’d be seriously hard pressed to find a better spot to follow nature’s shifting plot; from summer’s day love affair to passionate lovers’ quarrel, you can enjoy it all from our courtyard, veranda or lawn terrace. And if things get too wet or windy you can retreat indoors to our dining room, complete with open fire, hardwood floor, and original mudbrick walls. This is a visceral location which captures the tenacious spirit of yesteryear.