Activities in and around Cromwell . . .

Cromwell Museum Cromwell Museum:
Cromwell is a town steeped in history, from pioneer days in the goldfields, to the recent creation of a new lake and town centre. The Cromwell and Districts Museum offers you a chance to appreciate the life and times of days gone by with excellent displays and exhibits. It is located in The Mall as part of the Cromwell Information Centre complex. Come on in!
Old Cromwell Town Old Cromwell Town:
Old Cromwell Town is located at Melmore Terrace on the shores of Lake Dunstan. Buildings destined to be flooded by the lake were saved, dismantled and rebuilt to provide a living record of Cromwell's heritage. You are welcome to walk into the museum buildings and to visit the working artisans and shops throughout the precinct. Take time out to relax, have lunch, and enjoy this unique piece of New Zealand's pioneering past.
Goldfields Mining Centre Goldfields Mining Centre:
The Goldfields of the Central Otago region were amongst the richest in the world and the scene of major gold rushes in the late 19th century. Goldfields Mining Centre is located at the entrance to the Kawarau Gorge on State highway 6 and is "Where the past and present meet". The facility incorporates 'Goldfields Jet' and 'The Sluicings' café.
Cromwell Fruit Sculpture Cromwell Fruit Sculpture:
Like it or hate it, the Cromwell Fruit Sculpture is an imposing traffic-stopping feature! Located adjacent to The Mall, the 13m high fibreglass structure was built in 1989 and cost some $70,000 at the time. It comprises an over-sized apricot, apple, pear and nectarine – the grapes and cherries have yet to be added! Even after several re-paints, the sculpture remains an interesting photo opportunity stop and has become the Cromwell districts icon.
Walking and Hiking Walking & Hiking:
The Cromwell District's physical make-up and climate make it especially suitable for getting out and about by either walking or mountain biking. Information on good areas for walking in Cromwell is available from the Cromwell Information Centre and explained fully in a 'Walk Cromwell' brochure available at the Centre
Mountain Biking Mountain Biking:
The Cromwell district is well known as a great place in which to mountain bike. The variety of topography from flat to steep, dry conditions and good climate are conducive to good biking. The Cromwell Promotion Group also organises a 'Cromwell Summer Series' that has three great mountain bike races that show all participants some 'off the road' parts of the district.
Fishing Fishing:
The clear, sparkling waters of Lake Dunstan provide some excellent fishing spots. Despite the number of anglers who frequent the lake, the authorities consider that the area remains under fished.
Golf Golf:
"The Cromwell Golf course sits comfortably on land similar to that of the famous Melbourne sand belt. The combination of expansive rolling dunes of the front nine and the more traditional, tree-lined nature of the back nine make for an endlessly interesting golf experience" - Greg Turner
Wineries Wineries:
Central Otago is the southern-most grape-growing region in the world located at latitude 45° South. The region's vineyards are located east of the resort town of Queenstown and include the towns of Wanaka, Cromwell and Alexandra. Although small in size, Central Otago is a wine region with a well-established international reputation for Pinot noir. This variety accounts for more than 85% of vineyard plantings, with Chardonnay, Pinot gris and Riesling making up the majority of the rest. Production of sparkling wine, made from Pinot noir and Chardonnay grapes, has also been well received internationally.

Arts and Crafts Arts & Crafts:
There is a variety of arts and crafts outlets with choices to suit all tastes and budgets. Old Cromwell Town offers the base for numerous local artists and artisans and is open daily. You are welcome to walk into the museum buildings and to visit working artisans and shops throughout the area. Take time out to relax and enjoy this unique piece of New Zealand's pioneering past.

Activities Other Activities:
Cromwell has a number of established tourist-orientated activities – and plans for more in the future. Paintball Central, Cromwell Mini Golf and Cromwell Swim Centre provide year round attractions, while Nevis Snowmobile Adventure is for winter months only.

Places To Visit in Cromwell . . .
Sites outside Cromwell town and worthy of a visit include the following . . .

Bannockburn Bannockburn:
To the south of Cromwell is Bannockburn. Places to visit include the Bannockburn Sluicings, the wineries, Carrick Goldfield, the Hotel, and Bannockburn Inlet. Walking or mountainbiking is the preferred means of seeing these areas. Over the hill from Bannockburn is the Nevis Valley, with a good weather track only, linking with Garston at the southern end of Lake Wakatipu. The Cromwell to Bannockburn Walkway was developed by the Cromwell Promotion Group and allows walkers and mountainbikers to walk or ride the lakeshore residential areas adjacent to the Kawarau Arm of Lake Dunstan. A second part of this walkway extends from the Bannockburn Bridge to Goldfields Mining Centre and exhibits magnificent herringbone tailing gold workings along its route.
Kawarau Gorge Kawarau Gorge:
On the way to Queenstown in the Kawarau Gorge is the Goldfields Mining Centre. Stop off at this complex and discover how yesteryear miners won gold. Working exhibits, static displays, jet boat rides and the tearooms make this site a must for every visitor to Central Otago. Further gold mining towns and relics can be visited at the Bendigo Goldfields.
Cromwell Gorge Cromwell Gorge:
The Old Reservoir walkway is located on State highway 8 to Alexandra. Car parking is available at Jackson's lookout. The strenuous climb to the reservoir will reward strollers with an impressive view over Cromwell, Lake Dunstan and up the Clutha Valley. The track extends to the adjacent Firewood Creek and then returns back to the car park via the highway.  Travelling into the Cromwell Gorge is simple compared to the 1980's when the narrow, twisting road and railway made travel dangerous. This was the location of the major gold discover by Hartley and Reilly.
Lake Dunstan Lake Dunstan:
Cromwell's major attraction is Lake Dunstan.  There are ample picnic areas and facilities around the foreshore as well as boat launching ramps and toilets. Fishing, boating, windsurfing, swimming and gold fossicking are activities people of all ages can enjoy
Ripponvale Ripponvale:
Ripponvale is located adjacent to and separated from Cromwell by State highway 6. It is an historic orcharding area and comprises the large open spaces of the Cromwell Racecourse Reserve (93ha) and Cromwell Aerodrome (27ha). Lifestyle blocks butt against the foothills with new cherry growing enterprises and well-established orchards predominating in the landscape.
Lowburn Lowburn:
Lowburn was once a small settlement adjacent to the Clutha River. With the formation of Lake Dunstan most of the township has been relocated into the Lowburn Valley.  The small village of Pisa Moorings and Perriam Cove have been established in response to residents wishing to be close to the lake with magnificent views of surrounding mountains. A walking track extending from Clark Road up to the terrace 'tread' at Dendy's Cherry Orchard takes you southwards into the Lowburn Valley Road. A short-steep track has been established by the local Rotary Club to link with the 45th Parallel marker.  A drive around the Lowburn Valley-Burn Cottage loop road reveals cottage industries (such as lavender products), lifestyle blocks and vineyards
Tarras Tarras:
Travellers on State highway 8 through the Lindis Pass are pleased to stop at the small Tarras Shopping Centre.  It also serves as a distribution change-over for transferring bus passengers either to Wanaka or Cromwell.  But for those holiday makers in Cromwell who are looking for a special day out then the Tarras – Ardgour area is special and a must to explore.
Clyde Dam Clyde Dam:
Hydroelectric development along the Clutha River has a long history, beginning with small local plants associated with gold mining in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Contact Energy Ltd has two large hydro dams on the Clutha River – the Clyde and Roxburgh Power Stations. Both have become iconic features of New Zealand's sustainable use of renewable resources. Together, these two power stations provide New Zealand with about 10 per cent of its electricity, through harnessing the power of one of New Zealand's largest rivers.
Cromwell Swimmimg Centre Cromwell Swimmimg Centre:
Indoor heated swimming pool complex with a main pool of six 25m lanes ranging from 1.08m to 1.8m deep. The second pool is 15 x 5m with a depth of 800mm. Both are heated to 29°. A large viewing gallery overlooks the pools. Bright and cheery atmosphere with fully qualified staff. Well appointed changing rooms - private cubicles, hot showers and lockers. Alongside the pool building are picnic and BBQ facilities with playground, shade trees and paddling pool. A great selection of organised weekday activities including aqua aerobics, canoeing, water babies, learn-to-swim and life saving.

Opening Hours . . .
  • Monday to Friday: 5.30am – 7.30pm
  • Saturday: 9.00am – 6.00pm
  • Sundays and Public Holidays:10.00 am - 6.00pm.
  • Closed Christmas Day and Good Friday.

Central Speedway Club Central Speedway Club:
Located on Sandflat Road, the Central Speedway circuit was constructed by Ron Spriggs in the early 1990's, on a 20ha parcel of Council Endowment land. The Golden Central Speedway, as it was then known, attracted speedway fans from throughout the South Island for two or three premier meetings held over the Christmas holiday period. The track is one of the best of its kind, and the surrounding slopes provide a natural amphitheatre for the fans.

National events have been held in Cromwell attracting drivers from as far north as Auckland. Saloon cars, midgets, super modified, motorbikes and side cars are all seen racing on the speedway. There is plenty of room for parking and a variety of stalls cater for the needs of the hungry or thirsty patrons. Night lighting makes the spectacle more exciting and allows patrons to 'do their own thing' over the hot summer day before

The Cromwell District has two bowling clubs - one at Cromwell, the other at Bannockburn.

Cromwell Bowling Club Inc.
The Cromwell Bowling Club is located on Alpha Street and incorporates an indoor facility. Several tournaments are held over the Christmas and Easter breaks. The Club will celebrate their Centennial Year at Labour weekend 2011. A Centennial committee has been formed to plan and co-ordinate arrangements to make it a memorable occasion for the Club and residents of the Cromwell area.
Contact - Bannockburn Bowling Club.  Secretary Terry Collins, 8 Fenwick Crescent, CROMWELL 9310.
Phone 03 445 3390. Mobile 027 445 3390

Bannockburn Bowling Club Inc.
The Bannockburn Bowling Club was duly incorporated on 23 June 2006. The objects of the Club, amongst other things, include the following:
Contact - Bannockburn Bowling Club.  Secretary Terry Collins, 8 Fenwick Crescent, CROMWELL 9310.
Phone 03 445 3390. Mobile 02 744 53390

The two-court Squash Club is located on Neplusultra Street, and includes a social facility. Enquire at Cromwell Sportspower in the Mall if you wish to join the club or have a game while visiting the town.

A Week In Cromwell
A suggested "Mix & Match" week-long visitor programme for Cromwell

Cart Day One . . .
  • Walk around the Mall and visit Cromwell Information Centre/Museum (free entry with donation for Museum). Plan the week's holiday and obtain all your free brochures and maps of the district, and book your travel or other activities in Queenstown or Wanaka.
  • Lunch at Fusee' Rouge Cafe or the Tin Goose in the mall.
  • Drive to Bendigo stopping at Rocky Point Pottery & Country Shop. View vineyard developments along Bendigo Loop Road, then drive up to Bendigo Historic Area (rough/steep track in places). Walk carefully around mine shafts and old stone buildings. Travel back down the hill, further around Bendigo Loop Road, back to the Highway, and then to Tarras for a cup of tea or ice-cream.

Flowers Day Two . . .
  • Visit Old Cromwell Town, and walk along the Lake Dunstan lakeshore.
  • Have a cuppa at the Grain & Seed Cafe. Some interesting old shops to investigate.
  • Lunch at the historic Victoria Hotel.
  • Visit the Cromwell Swim Centre and take the family for a swim; look around Anderson Park - the Rose Gardens (including Australasia's largest sundial), and the Central Otago Sports Turf. Visit the Cromwell Golf Club and take in as many holes as time permits. 

Road Day Three . . .
  • Head north on State Highway 6 towards Wanaka. Visit Jackson Orchards packhouse; drive around Burn Cottage Road - the loop road to Lowburn and on the way to Wanaka. Call into Pisa Moorings and Wakefield Bay - new subdivisions on the shores of Lake Dunstan. Pass through expansive new vineyard territory.
  • Continue on State Highway 6 and lunch on the waterfront of Lake Wanaka.
  • Look around Wanaka's shops and new subdivisions. Drive to Glendhu Bay and call into Rippon Vineyard.On the return trip attempt the Maze at Wanaka's Puzzling World; look around the Warbird's Museum and head back to Cromwell via Lake Hawea and State Highway 6A.
  • As an alternative, after Pisa Moorings visit Mt Pisa Station and take a 4WD trip into a typical high country sheep farm. 

Dam Day Four . . .
  • Arrange a fishing trip on Lake Dunstan with Trout Fishing Services or Wild Trout NZ. Or drive to McNulty Inlet and view Rotary Glen, the Cromwell College Aquatic Centre (where holiday programmes are run for kids to learn sailing, windsurfing and rowing), and the Lake Dunstan Boat Club. Visit the Juice Cafe and Prenzel tasting and continue towards Clyde via the $100 million Cromwell Gorge Highway. Stop at Jackson Lookout and take the walking track to Cromwell's Old Reservoir (the views are worth it!); then stop at the Hartley-Reilly Memorial in the Cromwell Gorge. View the construction of the Cairnmuir Slideproject, and stop at the Clyde Dam viewing area. Walk over the dam.
  • Lunch at Clyde restaurants such as Oliver's, the Post Office or Blues.
  • Drive back to Cromwell and spend time walking or mountain biking around the unique greenway system; and drive around the old part of Cromwell looking at stone buildings, the Litany Street Cemetery, and various stone churches.

RRiver Day Five . . .
  • Drive out to Bannockburn (The Heart of the Desert) and visit the new vineyards down Felton Road and Cairnmuir Road. Visit and taste wine at Felton Road Winery, Olssen's Garden Vineyard, Mt Difficulty Winery, Sir Clifford Skegg's Akarua Winery (and The Lazy Dog Restaurant) and Carrick Winery. At Felton Road take the self-guided walking track around the Bannockburn Sluicings (but beware in hot weather), and visit the ruins of Stewart Town.
  • Lunch at the Bannockburn Hotel garden bar, and look at the various historic photographs on display in the hotel.
  • Continue the drive into the Nevis Valley viewing the Bannockburn Post Office and Carrick Woolshed on the way. The 26km metalled road winds up and over the Carrick Range with the highest point at Duffers Saddle, and reaches the Nevis River. Explore the Nevis Valley, and for those with 4WD's there is an opportunity to continue on to Garston (80km).

Power Day Six . . .
  • Drive to The Big Picture on the corner of SH6 and Sandflat Road. This cafe is billed as 'The Essential Wine Experience'. Continue on to Jones' Family Orchard and take in an orchard tour. Continue on and reach the Goldfields Mining Centre in the Kawarau Gorge and discover past methods of gold mining and irrigation. Pan for gold, visit the Gold Gallery, and go for a jetboat ride up the Kawarau River and Lake Dunstan on Goldfields Jet.
  • Lunch at the Goldfields Café in the entrance to the Kawarau Gorge.
  • Continue along State Highway 6 to Arrowtown, and then Queenstown. On the way look at the Roaring Meg power station, the numerous vineyards, and the original AJ Hackett Kawarau Bridge Bungy site.

Fruit Day Seven . . .
  • Take in a Church service - times are indicated in the local Bulletin news sheet; have a rest day or picnic on the numerous picnic areas around Lake Dunstan; and catch up on the activities not seen or achieved during the previous six days.
  • Lunch in The Mall.
  • Wander around the shops and New World; look at the Real Estate windows; visit the Skateboard Park; and look at the Cromwell Fruit Sculpture. Relax for your trip home.
  • Remember that the Information Centre is open daily from 9am to 6pm during summer and 9am to 5pm over the winter months for any enquiries.

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