Cromwell Swim Centre
Cromwell Swim Centre
Indoor heated swimming pool complex with a main pool of six 25m lanes ranging from 1.08m to 1.8m deep. The second pool is 15 x 5m with a depth of 800mm. Both are heated to 29°. A large viewing gallery overlooks the pools. Bright and cheery atmosphere with fully qualified staff.
Well appointed changing rooms - private cubicles, hot showers and lockers. Alongside the pool building are picnic and BBQ facilities with playground, shade trees and paddling pool. A great selection of organised weekday activities including aqua aerobics, canoeing, water babies, learn-to-swim and life saving.
- Monday to Friday: 5.30am – 7.30pm
- Saturday: 9.00am – 6.00pm
- Sundays and Public Holidays:10.00 am - 6.00pm.
- Closed Christmas Day and Good Friday.
Cromwell Sports Club
The Cromwell Sports Club was incorporated in 1984 and built the clubrooms on the newly developed Anderson Park, in Barry Avenue. The land is leased from the Central Otago District Council. The idea of the Club was to provide suitable clubrooms and a meeting venue for various local sports clubs who, by themselves, could not afford to build or maintain their own clubrooms. The clubrooms cost in the vicinity of $120,000 plus the provision of the ex-Rugby clubrooms that formed the 'north hall'. Further improvements such as car park and trophy cabinet were added later. In 2010 the south toilet block was refurbished at a cost of some $45,000 – with funding from Pub Charity, Central Lakes Trust and the Otago Community Trust. The Club has been mostly debt free since its formation.
Cromwell Sports Club
The constituent clubs are: Cromwell Rugby Football Club,Cromwell Association Football Club, Cromwell Netball Club, Cromwell Softball Club, Cromwell Lawn Tennis Club, Cromwell Cricket Club, Cromwell Basketball Club, Cromwell Badminton Club, Cromwell Hockey Club and Cromwell Golden Oldies Netball Club
Each club has one delegate on the Management Committee (except Rugby who have three), and the committee meets each fourth Monday of the month. The committee's task is to maintain and administer the clubrooms on behalf of the constituent clubs.
Income is generated from the bar, hall hire (small and large hall), and grants from gaming machine operators. Other one-off generators of income include the provision of staff for Cavalcade socials, and other large events such as Bavarian nights.
The Club runs the Cromwell Sportsperson of the Year dinner - one of Cromwell's few annual sit-down and prestigious events. The aim is to thank all the local sports people and administrators, and to provide entertainment in the form of a guest speaker. A recent new award has been the Cromwell Sports Club Youth Assistance Grant of $500. Applications for this grant are advertised and the winner announced at the dinner. It is available for Under 20-year-old Cromwell people who incur extraordinary travel expenses while participating or training in their nominated sport.
- Cromwell Sports Club Inc., P O Box 136, CROMWELL 9342.
Central Speedway Club
Central Speedway Club
Located on Sandflat Road, the Central Speedway circuit was constructed by Ron Spriggs in the early 1990's, on a 20ha parcel of Council Endowment land. The Golden Central Speedway, as it was then known, attracted speedway fans from throughout the South Island for two or three premier meetings held over the Christmas holiday period. The track is one of the best of its kind, and the surrounding slopes provide a natural amphitheatre for the fans.
National events have been held in Cromwell attracting drivers from as far north as Auckland. Saloon cars, midgets, super modified, motorbikes and side cars are all seen racing on the speedway. There is plenty of room for parking and a variety of stalls cater for the needs of the hungry or thirsty patrons. Night lighting makes the spectacle more exciting and allows patrons to 'do their own thing' over the hot summer day before attending the night meeting. This is family entertainment at its best. Meetings are held late December and early January, as well as over the Easter break.
Lake Dunstan Boat Club
The Lake Dunstan boat Club established their clubrooms, located on a promontory at McNulty Inlet, in the mid 1990's. The clubrooms are on a 3000m2 portion of lakeshore land leased from the Crown. The clubrooms have stunning views over Lake Dunstan and the surrounding mountains. Apart from the clubrooms and storage rooms, the facility includes ample car parking space, secure external boat storage area, and boat launching ramp.
The modern clubrooms contain a fully equipped kitchen, barbecue facilities, and seating for 50 persons. Comfortable capacity of the room is 125. Other items include fully carpeted floor, parquet dance floor, and log burner or electrical heating. The clubrooms are available for hire and are suitable for functions such as weddings, funerals, club meetings and larger parties.
The Club organises several annual boat, yacht and power boat races and regattas; and has an associated diving club. The complementary Cromwell College Aquatic Centre is located on the opposite shore of McNulty Inlet.
Central Lakes Equestrian Club
Central Lakes Equestrian Club
The Central Lakes Equestrian Club is a voluntary organisation that has taken over the running of the Cromwell racecourse reserve following the cessation of the Cromwell Jockey Club. The racecourse has a proud history extending back to the first horse race that was held in connection with an athletic sports meeting in 1862, on the property then known as Round Hill Racecourse. The land comprises 94ha of generally flat land for the racecourse; and a further 28ha of aerodrome reserve which contains two airstrips. The racecourse land consist of lucerne paddocks, the race track and shutes, various amenity buildings and stock yards.
The land is leased from the Central Otago District Council and is used for pony club meetings, motor cycle rallies, visiting circuses, cavalcades, country fair days etc. The Otago Racing Club (Gallop South) holds an annual one day 'Cromwell Races' on the first weekend of March as well as the ‘Christmas Meeting’ on the last Sunday of November. These highly successful picnic race meeting attracts one of the largest crowds of any meeting in the South Island, with most patrons coming from Queenstown, Wanaka, and the remainder of Central Otago. The Wyndham Harness Racing Club holds a trotting meeting in the first week of January each year. An equalisator meeting for trotters is held by the Cromwell Harness Racing Club at the end of December each year.
The Management Committee of the Club has the objective to foster all forms of equestrian sports and amateur sport, and to manage the racecourse reserve for general public use. The reserve is a large 'open space' area that is suitable for large gatherings of people, with adequate facilities and car parking areas to cater for those crowds.
- Central Lakes Equestrian Club, P O Box 3, CROMWELL 9342
Central Otago Sports Turf
Central Otago Sports Turf
The Central Otago Sports Turf was constructed on Anderson Park, Cromwell, following an exhaustive fund-raising campaign. The $900,000 facility was supported with major donations from the Community Trust of Otago, Cromwell Community Board, and the NZ Lotteries Commission.
The Turf was opened for play in June 1997, and was further enhanced by having full lighting facilities available in February 1998. It is managed by the Central Otago Sports Turf Trust who charge various hockey or sports clubs to hire the turf. Bookings are essential.
The artificial hockey surface is sand based as it was considered that water based surfaces would have serious problems in the cold, frosty weather. The facility comprises the turf, lights, dugout shelters and toilets.
Anderson Park is a wonderful place to run a tournament having all facilities close by - Sports Turf, changing rooms, netball, basketball and tennis courts, as well as parking and the Cromwell Sports Club social facility. Larger events and tournaments can be catered for with the erection of marquees to suit requirements. Cromwell has a proud history of running successful sports tournaments. It is a small town that 'can do things' and has large city sporting and organisational ability. If you are contemplating holding a sports tournament in Cromwell just ask for further information.
Cromwell's 18-hole tournament golf course, accessed from Neplusultra Street, is widely considered to be on of the best and most challenging rural courses in the South Island.
The Cromwell District has two bowling clubs - one at Cromwell, the other at Bannockburn.
Cromwell Bowling Club Inc.
Cromwell Bowling Club Inc
The Cromwell Bowling Club is situated in Alpha Street Cromwell and incorporates both an outdoor grass green and an indoor facility with comfortable club rooms.
Membership is open to ladies and to men of ages from teens to the nineties and is a combined membership club having a strong contingent of ladies teams as well as men’s teams. Presently membership numbers 52 men and 48 women.
The Club has a member’s night on Tuesdays, and also an enjoyable social afternoon on a Friday which is open to all and is run on a small tournament basis. This is followed by a social time in the club house.
Coaching for new and existing bowlers is available on a Thursday evening as required.
Major tournaments are held during the summer season, with the largest being over the Easter weekend. Regular weekly interclub matches are also held for ladies and men’s teams between clubs throughout Central Otago.
The Cromwell Bowling club celebrated 100 years of operation in 2011 and was attended by the Chief Executive Officer of Bowls New Zealand, Mr Kerry Clark OBE.
Bannockburn Bowling Club
No discussion on the Bannockburn Bowling Club would be complete without a brief outline of the Club’s history – as it is history that makes local tradition. It is also the reason why the Club continues to this day – where staunch, stoic, hard-working residents have built a facility that has produced its fair share of regional and national bowlers – and where the ‘new’ residents wish to continue that bowling tradition into the future.
The following excepts from “Bannockburn School. 1871-1971” provides an insight into why the Club is so important to today’s Bannockburn village:
The idea of a Bowling Green in Bannockburn was first mooted by Mr Jas. McEldowney of the hotel in 1919 and a meeting to inaugurate the same was well attended. Mr Chas. Ray proposing “that steps be taken to put down a green”. Mr Jas. Ritchie, as chairman, proved a strong and able leader and assisted by Mr G. B. Gordon, Mr McEldowney and other keen men the work was enthusiastically “got under way”. It was a Herculean task in a day when bulldozers and frontend loaders were unknown and it took much strenuous effort on the part of the loyal supporters with picks, shovels and that weapon that Bob Semple despised – the wheelbarrow. Some gave their labour while others sent their teams to cart away rubbish and bring in soil, etc. A contractor, Mr Wm. Smith loaned his team of horses and scoops at a reduced rate. The honour of turning the first sod in the construction work was given to Mr McEldowney, assisted by Mr J. P. Parcell (the 1st secretary), and another who drank the champagne!
The green was put down in an old gold mining claim which looked a very uninviting site, but it was central – half of it was on clay bottom, but the rest had an overburden four feet above the other part – this had to be levelled. Then the clay bottom dipped in the south-east corner and this had to be cleaned out right down and filled in with clay so as to have the clay foundation uniform all over: Mr W. H. Collins, who had had experiences in laying out bowling greens, supervised this one and prophesised that with
the clay foundation, it would be one of the best in the country. The levelling and soil carting completed, came the moment of sowing the grass seed; Mr Ritchie did this, using, according to advice, 100lbs of seed which included 660lbs of Devonshire evergreen rye grass, the balance being made up of Chewings Fescue, Pra Protensus, Goa Memorallis and Loncium Perrene. Though this grew fairly well, it was found not to be the most suitable for this area, so weed from the sea coast was substituted – this with attention to patching of any subsequent bare patches has given the green a playing surface equal to any in the centre and has received much favourable comment from visiting bowlers.
...... Cromwell Club, formed in 1912, offered the club their old pavilion for £25 – this was accepted and it was transported by Mr W. Bell’s lorry – this building, though it had no amenities, did service for many years – till a fine new pavilion with all mod. cons. was opened on February 24, 1951 – this was erected under the supervision of a carpenter and voluntary labour given by members.
The cost of the new pavilion was £621 and it was not until 1954 that the cost was cleared following various raffles and card evenings. In 1978 Bannockburn town water was connected ending nearly sixty years of battling for water via local water races. 1981 saw the Noel Kean Memorial Trophy being donated by the Kean Family (who owned the Bannockburn Hotel at the time), and given to the winner of the Club’s December tournament. In 1982 the clubhouse was expanded to today’s basic size, and flush toilets added by voluntary labour using funds from a series of Gala Days run by the community.
Bannockburn Bowling Club Inc.
Bannockburn Bowling Club Inc
The Bannockburn Bowling Club was duly incorporated on 23 June 2006. The objects of the Club, amongst other things, include the following:
- To promote and encourage the Game of Bowls in a manner that upholds the principles of fair play.
- To be responsible for the administration, promotion and development of Bowls in Bannockburn district.
- To promote the health and safety of all members and participants.
- To facilitate the improvement of facilities for the enjoyment of the Game of Bowls.
- To grant the use of clubrooms, facilities and equipment to such users as the Club may think fit.
- To act on behalf of and in the interests of the Members and the game of Bowls.
Today the Club has a healthy membership of some 40 players – with approximately half resident in Bannockburn and half in Cromwell. The Cromwell Club has a membership of about 80 but some players prefer the less-windy Bannockburn green to that of the larger town, hence the ‘migration’ south. In general terms lawn bowls nationally has been through a ‘lean’ patch caused by the continued increase in various activities that are available for recreation. That problem is being addressed by Bowls New Zealand with their ‘Mates in Bowls’ campaign to attract membership.
The Bannockburn Club organizes and runs several competitions over the season in addition to the Tuesday and Thursday Club nights. There are Club Competitions for Singles/Pairs/Fours; it has a team in the Centre’s Pennants competition that plays Wednesday and Saturday; and there are four one-day tournaments per year. Further, the Club organizes Bannockburn Hotel sponsored one-day tournaments including Graeme Todd and Snow Glassford tournaments. The Licensed Vitulars, and local Winegrowers hold games; and the Cromwell Club use the green at Easter – and other days when required.
The clubrooms are normally open for public use when there are bowling games being played. They are also used from time to time for various activities such as private socials, funerals and birthdays; or district meetings such as the DOC 2004 ‘Bannockburn Heritage Landscape Study’ and various REAP workshops. The Club also co-ordinates with the Bannockburn Hall committee as to sharing of items, such as tables and chairs, when they may be required for use at the Hall.
The Scott family are the best known bowlers from Bannockburn. Kevin Scott represented New Zealand and it took until 2011 for his 42 yo son Shaun to carry on the tradition. Shaun had won some 20 Central Otago Centre titles and was selected to play Australia in a three-test series in March.
- Bannockburn Bowling Club. Secretary Terry Collins, 8 Fenwick Crescent, CROMWELL 9310. Phone 03 4453390. Mobile 0274 453390
The two-court Squash Club is located on Neplusultra Street, and includes a social facility. Enquire at Cromwell Sportspower in the Mall if you wish to join the club or have a game while visiting the town.