Award-winning wineries, spectacular scenery and rich history stretching back to the gold rush days are just a few of the reasons Cromwell, New Zealand wins as a vacation getaway. Located in the heart of Central Otago, Cromwell rests by the shores of man-made Lake Dunstan. Cromwell’s central location in the district makes the town a must-stop destination for travelers to the Central Otago area.
Pop into 'Old Cromwell Town' to learn about how the gold rush days shaped the town to what it is today. Visit the Goldfields Mining Centre for a glimpse into the life and labor environment of early miners who worked along Central Otago’s Kawarau Gorge. Trace Cromwell's transformation after the construction of the Clyde Dam and creation of Lake Dunstan. Learn about the town's old business district, which now rests at the bottom of the lake. If you're visiting in the summer, the lake is an idyllic place to swim, fish, boat and play water sports. For winter travelers, the town is a short drive from a number of slopes for skiing and sledding. Stop by Highland's Motorsport Park if you're looking for activities for the entire family. This popular visitor attraction has a sculpture park, go karts, a motorsport museum and more. Wander downtown Cromwell any time of year, where boutique shops and art galleries might catch your eye. Cromwell is also known for its vineyards and stone fruit orchards. The town features a selection of private and public gardens that showcase native flora and fauna. Drink in the native beauty of New Zealand at one of Cromwell’s botanical, formal or native gardens.
Take an afternoon drive to Tarras Village, a small farming community about 30 kilometers from Cromwell. See Tarras arts, crafts and culture against a backdrop of stunning lake and mountain views. Map out a course around Lake Dunstan for another driving or cycling tour. Check out lakes Wanaka and Hawea along the way, or stop by Matukituki Valley for some of the best backpacking terrain Mount Aspiring National Park has to offer. If you’re headed for Wanaka, drive along the Crown Range Road, the highest sealed road in the country at 1,121 meters. Drive through a stunning valley that’s also tourist central, with two famous ski resorts and a historic country hotel. The views from the summit saddle overlooking the Wakatipu Basin is one tourists usually only get see from the plane ride into Queenstown. Stay on the road to Highway 6 for a drive that will take you past vineyard-lined Gibbston Valley and the rugged cliffs of Kawarau Gorge. New Zealand’s smallest borough of Naseby is also worth a visit, being a reputable quiet holiday destination. Naseby has the air of a working museum, a town carefully preserved from the gold rush boom that elevated the region in the 1860s. Naseby is also home to New Zealand’s principal curling rinks, open all year round, an ice rink and the first and only snow and ice luge in the Southern Hemisphere.
Accommodations in Cromwell cater to a wide range of budgets and preferences. Whether visitors want to camp out under the stars or settle in a quiet cottage, the greater Cromwell area has a host of options for visitors. Unwind after a day of sightseeing at one of Cromwell’s stunning resorts. Staying at a luxury villa is another high-end option. For accommodations with a bit more character, entire country homesteads are available for rent. Cromwell’s “holiday houses” might be just the place to spend vacation with your loved ones. Holiday housing could refer to anything from cabins in the woods to curbside motels. Another family-friendly alternative is to set up camp in one of the holiday parks or camping grounds in the area. Not only is camping a popular, budget friendly option for visitors, camping is also family friendly and a great way to meet fellow outdoorsmen. Backpacking through Cromwell is a cost-effective way of sightseeing, as well as a chance to meet other travelers.
Queenstown has the closest international airport from Cromwell, around 36 kilometers away. The regional airports in the area include Alexandra Airport, 24 kilometers away; Timber Creek Airport, 32 kilometers away; and Wanaka Airport, 35 kilometers away. From Queenstown International Airport, there are cars for hire, taxis, shuttles and public transportation to Cromwell. Renting a car may be most convenient for travelers planning road trips around the country. However, there are InterCity buses that connect Cromwell to other towns in Central Otago. Buses that depart from town follow routes to Queenstown, Christchurch and Franz Josef, to name a few. Cromwell is also a great walking town, with numerous trails and tracks, as well as sites for biking and tramping.
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