Cycling & Walking
Local Short Walks
Cromwell to Lowburn Lakeshore Walk
Start at Old Cromwell and walk to and under the Deadman’s Point bridge across State highway 8B. Continue on northwards following the lakeshore, past McNulty Inlet, to Lowburn and hence to Pisa Moorings. Cross over the new pedestrian bridge at Perriam Cove.
Sugarloaf Terrace Track
Park at Clark Road and walk up to the top of the Sugarloaf Terrace via an existing 4WD track. You will see evidence of gold diggings as you go upwards past a proposed site for a water reservoir for Pisa Moorings. Take in the magnificent view at the top of the terrace, follow the yellow ROW markers, skirting the Dendy cherry orchard, and head southwards towards Lowburn. You will pass more gold diggings and eventually arrive at Lowburn Inlet on Lowburn Valley Road.
45º South Monument
This monument is located on State highway 6 and a local service group has constructed a walk track to the top of the Sugarloaf Terrace, to link with the Sugarloaf Terrace track.
Cromwell to Bannockburn Lakeshore Walk
Start at the southern end of the Council oxidation ponds via Richards Beach Road. Alternately start at the Pearson Road end. This track takes you close to the Kawarau Arm of the lake and past various residential subdivisions. Across the other side you have great views of vineyards and olive orchards.
Bannockburn to Goldfields
Linking with the Cromwell to Bannockburn track, this track starts at the car park on Pearsons Road and extends under the Bannockburn Bridge (see the earthquake prevention devices), and along the Kawarau Arm. This stretch of walkway exhibits a variety of methods of how gold was won in the past and there are some very impressive herringbone tailings to view. But, please keep to the track and do not disturb any of the protected tailings. The walk passes residential areas, orchards, historic sites, pump stations and finally ends up at the ‘Stagger inn’ car park area accessible from State highway 6 at the entranceway to the Kawarau Gorge.
Starts at Jackson Lookout on State Highway 8 and walk up a steep track to Cromwell’s original water reservoir. Continue on to Firewood Creek and back via State highway 8 to the car park at Jackson Lookout.
Refer to DOC information kiosk at base of hill along Bendigo Loop Road for the many options available here.
Bannockburn Sluicings & Stewart Town
Start at Felton Road car park and information kiosk. If required, a guided walk is available – check with the Information Centre.
Start at Quartzville and walk to Carricktown and the Young Australian water-wheel. Check with the information centre for conditions on the day.
The Cairnmuir Hill Track
From Bannockburn to Clyde – obtain the Walk Cromwell brochure from the information centre at Forage Cafe before setting off.
4 Barrels Walking Wine Trail
The 4 Barrels Walking Wine Trail provides a FREE* fun map to navigate around 4 superb, centrally located winery Tasting Rooms in Cromwell. This self-paced 8 km loop trail captures amazing Central Otago wine, service and scenery along the way. A leisurely half day activity that can be enjoyed by all. Pick up your map today from the Cromwell i-SITE. (*Tasting fees may apply.) Tasting Room Hours: Misha’s Vineyard: 10-4pm Aurum Wines: 10-5pm Scott Base: 11-4pm Wooing Tree Wines: 10-5pm Holiday Openings: Misha’s Vineyard: Closed Good Friday, Easter Sunday, Xmas Day & New Year’s Day Aurum Wines: Closed Good Friday, Xmas Day, Boxing Day & New Year’s Day Scott Base: Closed Good Friday, Xmas Day & New Year’s Day Wooing Tree Wines: Closed Good Friday, Xmas Day, Boxing Day & New Year’s Day Tasting Fees: Each tasting room charges a tasting fee which varies from $5 to $10. The total cost to visit all 4 tasting rooms will be $25 per person. However, each of the Tasting Rooms will waive a tasting fee on a retail wine bottle purchase.</p>
140 State Highway 6, Lowburn 9384
Quartz Reef Point Walk
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.
487 Tarras-Cromwell Road, Northburn 9383, New Zealand
Kanuka Loop Track
This is a 10km clearly-marked loop track in the Bendigo area. It is recommended to allow 5hours to complete the full track, however there is a shorter loop that can be completed in 1 to 1.5 hours.
The track traverses over some open country before passing through the Kānuka Scenic Reserve in the Chinamans Creek catchment, winding through re-generated Kānuka forest and impressive rocky crags with magnificent views over Lake Dunstan and the Upper Clutha Valley.
To complete the shoter loop walk, follow the Kānuka Track, but instead of crossing Burma Road – the only one you’ll come to – follow it down to the gate and turn right to come back along the marked fence line and back to the stile.
The main entrance to Bendigo is off SH8 at Crippletown, just north of Lake Dunstan and the Rocky Point picnic and boat ramp area.
Here, Loop Road goes up the hill and passes through the old Bendigo Township, past the schoolhouse ruins at Schoolhouse Flat to the main historic sites of Logantown, Welshtown and the mining remnants scattered throughout.
The track starts 200m from the entry to the historic reserve and parking is recommended some 200m up the road at the Logantown site
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
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.