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Cromwell was originally known as "The Junction", being at the confluence of the Clutha and Kawarau Rivers.
In 1862 gold was discovered below the Junction. Once the word of a gold strike was out, there was an influx of several thousand miners to the area.

 

Cromwell:

just a 35 minute drive from Wanaka.

Tour the orchards and vineyards of the Cromwell and Bannockburn Area.

 

 


Cromwell and Bannockburn Area

Cromwell, originally located at a junction of the Clutha and Kawarau Rivers , was swamped by Lake Dunstan in 1993 when the Clyde dam was build.

Many pioneer buildings were rescued and relocated to an historic precinct in Old Cromwell's current location, on the lake shore, today alive with artists at work, cafes and in summer a farmer's market.

 

Glimpse past gold mining at Carrick and Bendigo goldfields, and in nearby Bannockburn, an historic town, where sluicing has left its mark, or pan for gold.

Tour the orchards and vineyards.

Abundant sun-ripened apricots, nectarines, cherries, apples and peaches have earned Cromwell its reputation as the ‘fruit bowl of the south', while 60 percent of Central Otago's famed vineyards lie across this region.

 

This area has some of New Zealand's oldest sheep stations, where the fine wool of the Merino is shorn, and home to the famous "Shrek" sheep.

 

In autumn, teams of stockmen, many still on horseback take their dogs and head off to muster the traditional way. Game birds, rabbits and deer are also a feature of this environment.

 

Trout fish (Lowburn Inlet), picnic or jet boat on Lake Dunstan .

For further information or to book a tour please contact us.

Where to stay in Cromwell?

From luxury lodges in inspiring locations to historic backpackers, country pubs, motels and camping grounds, there is something to suit your budget and style.

For more information about local accommodation options please contact us.