Action & Adventure
Lowburn Ferry is the area surrounding an historic ferry crossing over the mighty Clutha River. A picturesque lake now occupies the ferry site at the base of the Lowburn Valley and vineyards abound on the surrounding glacial terraces where goldminers once toiled in the hot Otago sun.
Nestled on a sheltered north facing terrace in the Lowburn Valley beneath the Pisa Range is Lowburn Ferry Vineyard, a family owned vineyard dedicated to the production of high quality Pinot Noir wine. The vines are hand tended to maximise the benefits of the unique terroir and microclimate.
5 Swann Road, Cromwell 9384, New Zealand
Central Motor Speedway
Just through the Gibbston Valley/Kawarau Gorge from Queenstown and Arrowtown, less than half an hour from Wanaka, only a short drive from Alexandra and Clyde, and on the outskirts of Cromwell, Central Motor Speedway is in Sandflat Road, off State Highway 6. One of only three Division 1 speedway tracks in the southern region, Central Motor Speedway is now even easier to find, being right nextdoor to Highlands Motorsport Park. Together we’re contributing to making Cromwell motorsport central!
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.
027 249 5412
7 Sandflat Road, Cromwell 9384, New Zealand
Central Otago Motorcycle Hire
Rent a motorcycle to tour the fantastic roads of Central Otago and beyond.
Guided tours also available for the South Island, parts thereof or day tours into the hills of Central Otago on road legal trail bikes. Get someone a Harley Ride for that special occasion.
A wide range of road and adventure bikes are available from a BMW 1200GS, several Suzuki V-Stroms, and five Honda CRF 230s for touring the back blocks. All riding equipment also available for hire.
All riders must have had a FULL LICENSE for at least two years, and must be 25 yrs or older for insurance purposes.
Central Otago Motorcycle Hire operates 7 days a week from mid October until the end of April or later depending on conditions. Complimentary pick-up and drop-off from Queenstown or Wanaka for hires of 2 days or more.
Come ride with us to enjoy some of the best scenic motorcycling in the world!
271 Bannockburn Road RD2, Cromwell
Highlands - Experience the Exceptional
As the Gateway to Adventure, Highlands is a destination for everyone.
A World Class facility with experiences to match, it boasts multiple ways to experience the international race circuit at speed from Supercars to U-drive race cars, is home to the best outdoor go-kart circuit in the Southern Hemisphere, showcases the National Motorsport Museum including New Zealand’s most expensive car, a unique Aroma Room wine experience and the Young Guns Virtual Reality Room.
Our onsite licensed Café features a large alfresco deck overlooking the track. Don’t forget to check out our latest innovation; Loo with a View!. The toilets all have one-way glass which gives guests a stunning view of the race-track and surrounding mountains. Each toilet has a different theme and is instantly Instagramable.
Our experiences are incomparable with anything else in the region and all of this is encompassed in a breath-taking setting. Ideal for individuals, families and groups – there is no such thing as a bad day at Highlands.
A passion for motorsport is not necessary, but a sense of adventure is.
03 445 4052
Corner SH6 and Sandflat Road, Sandflat Road, Cromwell 9384, New Zealand
Blending a luxury helicopter, personalized service, friendly staff and the stunning Central Otago landscape, family-owned Heliview offers a range of scenic helicopter flights and heli-biking trips (both guided and self-ride). From their base at Cromwell Aerodrome, flights take in the majestic vista of the surrounding area and Southern Alps.
For the ultimate mountain biking trip, come heli-biking with us in the Old Woman, Nevis or Pisa Ranges. We’ll turn the uphill leg into a enjoyable scenic helicopter trip, leaving you to enjoy the downhill buzz on your bike!
A selection of scenic flight routes range from short sojourns over the Cromwell basin through to lengthier trips to take in the whole region, landing at a local cafe or winery for refreshments, or taking in the views from a remote alpine landing. A fully customized flight schedule is also on offer, depending on your needs.
Heliview is Qualmark endorsed and holds an Enviro-Silver award for responsible tourism. With over 30 years in the industry, we strive to ensure every experience you have with us is of the highest standard in safety, quality and customer service.
24 Ord Road, Cromwell 9384, New Zealand
Challenge your friends, workmates, clubs, stag do, birthday parties to a game of Paintball. They must be prepared to hunt…and to be hunted…?
We are only 45 minutes from Queenstown, 30 minutes from Wanaka and 20 minutes from Alexandra. So if the lakes are rough or ski fields are shut, come to us and have a couple of hours of fun shooting with your mates.
027 448 5399
1 Bannockburn Road, Cromwell 9384, New Zealand
Cromwell Mini Golf
Get the whole family together for a fun round of mini golf! This 18-hole course, situated next to the Big Fruit, offers a variety of challenges.
Weekends during summer: from 10 am
School Holidays: 10 am daily
At all other times clubs, balls etc are available from the Cromwell I-Site across the road.
Clubs and balls included in fee.
03 445 0744
Murray Terrace, Cromwell 9310, New Zealand
Heli Mountain Biking
Experience the thrill of a helicopter ride to the top of a mountain, then enjoy the ride downhill – heli-mountain-biking rocks!
Helicopters and mountain biking go hand in hand. A heli-bike adventure leaves you reeling for more. Take an exhilarating helicopter ride to the top of a mountain and arrive refreshed and hyped. Because let’s face it, what are the alternatives? Walk? Drive? Hitch a lift on a mate’s quad bike and trailer unit? The helicopter ride rocks! Enjoy the scenery on the way to your designated high point and arrive pumped for your backcountry mountain bike ride.
Cromwell, New Zealand
Willie Moore was introduced to golf at the young age of 11 with him caddying for his father at the Tarras Golf Course in Central Otago. Instantly hooked on the game, in his teenage years he played most of his golf at Cromwell where he went to high school.
Dreaming of one day becoming a Pro Golfer in 2010 he turned that dream into a reality and moved to Melbourne to expand his golfing horizons and become a Tour Pro.
Once in Melbourne, he focused on a PGA Traineeship under the Australian PGA and therefore could play professional tournaments and gain experience working in the golf industry.
While living in Melbourne and following his dream Willie played the Pro-Am circuit in Victoria. His tournament highlights during this time were playing in the Victorian Open, Western Australian Open & Western Australian PGA tournaments. He also got to play in the NZ Open.
Willie came to realise his passion was working at a club helping golfers enjoy the game more – whether it be through coaching, club-fitting, or simply booking a tee time.
In 2014 Willie returned to New Zealand and transferred his membership with the Australian PGA to the New Zealand PGA and started working as the Head Teaching Professional at The Hills Golf Course in Arrowtown where he spent a year.
When the position of Director of Golf at Cromwell Golf Club became available in 2015, Willie took the opportunity to move back to his roots with his young family and set up his own business, where he can put more into helping people enjoy playing golf.
Full Membership of the PGA of New Zealand
Class A PGA of New Zealand Classification
Diploma of Sport Coaching – PGA of New Zealand
Certificate 3 in Sport Coaching – PGA of New Zealand
Certificate 2 in Sport Coaching – PGA of New Zealand
Level 3 Australian Sports Commission National Coaching Accreditation
Golf Australia R&A Rules of Golf Accreditation Club Level
Otago 9310, New Zealand
45 South Tandems
Enjoy breath-taking views of Central Otago’s dramatic and unique landscape. Admire the mighty Pisa range while flying high over pristine lakes and rivers. We use the latest tandem hang gliding aero-tow techniques to provide the safest, most enjoyable experience possible. Tandem hang gliders are built for two and operated by an experienced pilot. The tandem hang glider is towed into the air by a specially designed tow-plane called a ‘tug’. Unlike hill launching, aero-towing allows us to take you as high as you want and release you anywhere.
0800 359 444
Cromwell, New Zealand
Goldfields Jet Boat
Your experience starts as soon as you arrive in the stunning Kawarau Gorge and are greeted by one of our friendly and fun team. Head down the banks of the mighty Kawarau River and step aboard one of our high-spec purpose build V8 jet boats – your adrenaline rush is about to begin!
Your highly trained driver will navigate the shallow, braided waters of the Bannockburn arm at epic speeds, power up stream through the breathtakingly narrow Kawarau Gorge, racing past canyon walls before arriving at the impressive Staircase Rapids. The only ride to offer shallow waters and deep rapids in one adrenaline filled hit with multiple 360° spins. No need to look anywhere else – Experience the Best!
We have two experiences to offer;
40-minute jet boat experience
$65 Child (5-13years)
Family pass $310 (2 Adults + 2 Children)
25-minute jet boat experience
$59 Child (5-13years)
Family pass $280 (2 Adults + 2 Children)
• We do not carry children under 5years old or 22kgs for safety reasons.
• This is an outdoor activity please dress accordingly
• Photo’s and videos of your experience are available for purchase after.
• Full length spray jackets and life jackets provided
• Heated handrails
Kawarau Gorge Road, Cromwell, New Zealand
Goldfields Mining Centre
Tours of Goldfields provide visitors with an insight as to “how the gold was won”. Mining for gold was reliant on water power from water races high in the hillsides overlooking the site with numerous sluice guns carving out vast areas of the hillside.
Gold Mining Equipment
The power generated by the sluice guns is demonstrated as part of every tour of the site alongside the operation of one of a very few stamper batteries (used to crush the gold-bearing ore) still functioning in New Zealand.
A replica Chinese Village and miner’s store and shacks evoke a period long since gone. Chinese migrants (mainly Cantonese) were drawn by the gold rush of the 1860’s and left everything familiar to them to come to a foreign (and sometimes hostile) country that few of them ever returned from. See how they lived and learn how they became an important part of New Zealand history.
No tour of Goldfields is complete without the chance to pan for gold and there is still plenty of gold for those patient enough to try their luck.
803 Kawarau Gorge Road, Kawarau Gorge 9384, New Zealand