Fruit Bowl of the South

A rural town with a rich heritage and history, award-winning wineries, abundance of orchards, iconic giant fruit sculpture, spectacular scenery and thrilling adventure.

The town of Cromwell is a hidden South Island gem with a flair all of its own. Its rich heritage of remnants of goldfields dates back to the gold rush days of the 1800s. Cromwell’s central location makes it an excellent base for exploring the wider Central Otago area.

Cromwell is known for the many fruit orchards surrounding it. Proudly adorning the center of the town, is the famous giant fruit sculpture of four large fruit – apple, apricot, peach, and pear, indicating the importance of fruit-growing to the region. The region is also known for its abundance of wineries, in particular for its Pinot Noir.

Renowned for the beautiful Lake Dunstan, world-class motorsport park and rivers, Cromwell is also action-packed with jet boating, gold panning, and array of bike and walking trails. It is an idyllic location for swimming, fishing, boating and water sports in summer. In winter, there are five fantastic ski fields all within comfortable driving distances.

Explore the historic architecture in Old Cromwell Town with its Post & Telegraph office and The Globe Hotel first established in 1880. Wander down to the Cromwell Heritage Precinct to the Cromwell Farmers’ and Craft Market with excellent range of local and regional produce. Enjoy live music, local arts and crafts, also visit the boutique shops, art galleries, and cozy cafes.

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