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Adventure activities are on the menu for the whole family. Your options range from thrill-seeking mountain bike trails and cycling tracks, all-season walking and hiking tracks, gripping rides in a race car, helicopter or jet boat, just to name a few. Guided tours really add value to the experience and are highly recommended.

Cromwell’s central location makes it an excellent base for exploring the wider Central Otago area, allowing for easy day trips to nearby towns such as Queenstown, Arrowtown, Wanaka and Clyde.

Make it a weekend trip and spend every waking moment of your weekend doing something spectacular – travel, be active, eat good food and drink good wine – and on Monday morning you’ll be looking back feeling like you’ve had a mini-holiday!


Paintball Central

1 Bannockburn 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.



Heliview Flights

24 Ord 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.



Central Motor Speedway

7 Sandflat Road, Cromwell 9384, New Zealand

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.


Bannockburn Bowing Club

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 Center’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 Center titles and was selected to play Australia in a three-test series in March.


Heli Mountain Biking

Cromwell, New Zealand

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.



Central Otago Motorcycle Hire

271 Bannockburn Road RD2, Cromwell

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!



Quartz Reef Point Walk

487 Tarras-Cromwell Road, Northburn 9383, New Zealand

The walk starts at the Quartz Reef Point carpark beside the Cromwell-Lindis Pass Highway, by Lake Dunstan, between Cromwell and Tarras.
From the carpark, cross the road and and follow the marker poles to the right. This is through private property. At the top of the rise there’s a gate into the historic reserve and the track leads to a viewing platform. From here there are views of the tailings and over to Lake Dunstan, Cromwell and the Pisa Range
These virtually pristine remains are the result of ground sluicing; channeling water to the head of a claim and flooding the working face. Larger stones and rocks were removed and stacked, row after row in a herring bone pattern. The washed material was then directed or shoveled to a sluice channel to separate the gold from the gravel.
This is an easy 30 minute return walk.


Cromwell Swim Centre

Barry Avenue, Cromwell 9310, New Zealand

Cromwell Swim Centre
A new discovery – Feel the difference at the Cromwell Swim Centre, Barry Avenue Cromwell. Open 5.30am – 7.30pm Mon – Fri, 9.00am – 6.00pm sat and 10.00am – 6.00pm sun and public holidays. This pool is closed Christmas day and Good Friday only. Come join the fun at one of Cromwell’s special attractions. This pool offers a 25mt lane pool, Therapeutic/learner’s pool, spa pool and waterfall feature which has a shallow beach entrance for toddlers to enjoy.
Attractions include

Pool parties
Cool inflatables
Dunking machine
Fun pool toys like float boards, shaped floaties, balls and much more
Aqua jogging belts, fins, kickboards, pull buoys to use
We offer

Lane swimming
Aqua jogging
Aquarobics classes for all abilities
Swimming lessons for babies to adults
Snorkelling courses
Kayak polo
Royal New Zealand Life Saving Society Awards
Rehabilitation through physio
Green prescription through physios and doctors in conjunction with Sport Otago
We have

Family changing rooms
Water wheelchair
Hydraulic lift into spa
Barbeque to use free of charge
We sell

Ear plugs
Fins and flippers
Aqua jogging belts
Chlorine remover soap and shampoo
Sinking toys
Arm bands



Goldfields Jet Boat

Kawarau Gorge Road, Cromwell, New Zealand

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
$125 Adult
$65 Child (5-13years)
Family pass $310 (2 Adults + 2 Children)

25-minute jet boat experience
$89 Adult
$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



Highlands Motor Park

Corner SH6 and Sandflat Road, Sandflat Road, Cromwell 9384, New Zealand

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 circuit at speed from Ferrari’s to Porsches, 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 and a unique Aroma Room wine experience. Our onsite licensed Café features a large alfresco deck overlooking the tack. 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.



Come in Time Battery Walk

This signposted walk near the Bendigo Historic Reserve takes you down to the mine entrances and the recently restored stamper battery.
Up Thomson Gorge Road there’s a signposted walk down to the mine entrances and the battery that was part of the Come in Time claim. This has recently been restored and is a virtually complete example of this kind of heavy gold mining equipment.
It’s just a short 15 minute walk to the battery, though there are other interesting artifacts in the area, making it a good place for both exploring and picnicking. The freehold land from the historic reserve to the top of Thomson Gorge Road is also ‘wander at will,’ to look at the historic sites within the Rise and Shine area.


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