View of the Big Fruit from the Wooing Tr

Family Fun

Golden Hills Horse Treks

Golden Hills Horse Treks take you for an unforgettable ride through Central Otago hill country, with incredible views over Cromwell and Lake Dunstan, local wineries and fruit orchards and the Mt Pisa range. All of our horse treks and lead rides are small groups with your own personal guide and our experienced trekking horses are suitable for all levels of experience.


Cromwell Heritage Precinct

One of Cromwell’s best-kept secrets – a free visitor attraction that has something for the whole family. When the Clyde dam was completed in 1990, Cromwell’s main street disappeared under Lake Dunstan.

Some of the historic buildings dating back to the gold rush of the 1860’s were saved or lovingly rebuilt on higher ground, creating the Cromwell Heritage Precinct. Step back in time to the gold rush and explore heritage buildings, many with artisan businesses in them, located on the shore of beautiful Lake Dunstan.

71 Melmore Terrace, Cromwell 9310, 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

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
$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


Kawarau Gorge Road, Cromwell, New Zealand

Mr Whippy Central Otago & Queenstown Lakes

Mr Whippy your iconic soft serve ice cream serving New Zealanders since 1964. Have you heard that familiar tune around your streets lately. Who doesn't remember "Greensleeves"! Well Mr Whippy is still cruising around your streets in Central Otago and Queenstown Lakes on a fortnightly basis. Just listen out or track us by liking our facebook page and scrolling down to "Track Mr Whippy". Where else can you find Mr Whippy - Sporting Events, Weddings, Fetes, Corporate Events, School Fairs and Fundraising Initiatives.


Cromwell Museum

The revamped Cromwell and Districts Museum is located in The Mall.
The collections held represent the tangible heritage of Cromwell and the surrounding area and have been built up through the support and donations of the community over many years.
They include domestic and agricultural items, displays on the construction of the Clyde Dam, formation of Lake Dunstan records, mining and geological items, clothing, archaeological materials such as Chinese artifacts and sub fossil deposits, Maori artifacts, photographic collections, books, documents and newspapers (Cromwell Argus).

03 445 3287

Cromwell Museuem, The Mall, Cromwell

Paintball Central

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 Swim Centre

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

03 445 0919

Barry Avenue, Cromwell 9310, New Zealand

Fine Thyme Theatre Company

The Fine Thyme Theatre Company is an enthusiastic group that welcomes anyone wanting to be involved on stage or off-stage. We offer musicals, dramas, comedies and even have our own singing groups.

Cromwell Farmers and Craft Market

Visit the Cromwell Farmers’ and Craft Market within the Cromwell Heritage Precinct, where an excellent range of local and regional produce is available – direct from growers and producers – during our spring and summer growing season. Enjoy music and brunch foods and local, quality arts and crafts.

Every Sunday 9am to 1pm. Labour Weekend until Easter.

0274 960 375

Cromwell Heritage Precinct, Melmore Terrace, Cromwell 9310, 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.

Opening hours
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

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.

Old Reservoir
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.

Bendigo Goldfields
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.

Carrick Goldfields
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.