There is so much more to Cromwell than the giant fruit sculpture on the edge of town. With its lakeside location, dry and sunny climate, cycle trails, walks, wine, fruit and stunning vista’s, visitors should plan to stay more than a day or two to appreciate all that Cromwell has to offer. Together with a full range of excellent accommodation, Cromwell is also officially recognised as a 'Motorhome Friendly Town' providing a warm welcome to all.
Whatever the season, you will find something to enjoy in and around Cromwell. Whether it’s a visit to one of the local cellar doors to taste and purchase a favourite Central Otago wine, walking the Four Barrels Walking Wine Trail, picking fresh seasonal fruit straight from the tree or from the nearest fruit stall, fishing in Lake Dunstan, a round of golf on New Zealand’s most inland links course, a jet boat trip into the Kawarau gorge, or visiting Highlands for a range of exceptional experiences both on and off track; there is a choice of pace and things to do. In winter you are within 1 hours drive of five ski-fields, so can pick your field based on the days weather report.
The lakeside Cromwell heritage precinct has a charming cluster of historic buildings, art galleries, boutique shops and cafes. Wander around the precinct, check out the historic displays and browse for gifts, art, craft, homewares, clothes and jewellery. The weekly summer farmers and craft markets showcase some of the best locals food, drinks and wares.
The story of gold is never far from the surface here, with the local museum being a great place to start learning the stories. You can also take a tour or fossick for gold – if you’re feeling lucky, at the Goldfields Mining Centre on the banks of the Kawarau River.
In the centre of town is the international standard 'water' hockey turf which attracts players of the highest standard. Cromwell also has a full range of excellent recreational areas, including sports grounds parks, swimming pool, bike park and series of 'greenways' providing safe off road pathways across town. The addition of the new Lake Dunstan trail skirting the edge of Lake Dunstan provides cyclists and walkers with yet another picturesque way to explore around the town.