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Old Cromwell town

Down by Lake Dunstan the old buildings of the original Cromwell township have been relocated from the rising water level caused by the hydro-electric scheme and preserved as they were back in the 1800s.


Visitor Centre and Mini-Museum

The Cromwell Visitor Centre in the centre of town doubles as a kind of mini-museum celebrating the history of the area including the Clutha hydro-electric development, the gold mining period and the burgeoning wine industry.


Central Otago wine trail

Regarded as producing some of the finest pinot noir and other varieties, the Central Otago wine region's centre is Cromwell. The Central Otago Wine Company near the edge of town offers a chance to taste and purchase a cross-section of wines of the region in one place. Many fine vineyards are just across the lake in the scenic Bannockburn vicinity. (Felton Road, Bald Hills, Mt Difficulty...). Rockburn is near the town centre and the Amisfield vineyard is up past Lowburn. You can have a full wine experience from a movie to smelling, tasting and learning about different wines at the Big Picture located on SH6 just before Cromwell when travelling from Queenstown.



The old gold Mining Centre

A few kilometres west of Cromwell on SH6 you can see the remnants of old miners' cottages and equipment and learn about panning for your own gold.



Lake Dunstan

Created by the Clutha Dam hydro-scheme and now a mecca for locals, Lake Dunstan offers great recreational boating, waterskiing, kayaking, swimming and fishing.



The Carricktown Track past Bannockburn and the Rise and Shine Road track from Lindis Crossing to Omakau celebrate the rugged Central Otago landscape.