Cromwell is a great place to visit during autumn and over the Easter weekend. With its breathtaking vistas, delectable cuisine and wine, and abundance of outdoor recreational options, Cromwell offers an escape the whole family can enjoy.
Day 1 (Friday)
After arriving in Cromwell, we recommend taking a walk along the beautiful Lake Dunstan Track. This scenic walk offers breathtaking views of the lake and its surrounding mountains, and the golden colours of the turning season are sure to impress. The track stretches from Pisa Moorings, through the Cromwell Heritage Precinct towards Bannockburn and is perfect for stretching your legs after a long journey. If you choose to walk through Old Cromwell, be sure to stop at one of the boutique shops or cafés in the area, including the two newest additions – Penny Black and Pinot Junction. For dinner, pop into Five Stags restaurant for dinner with the locals.
Start your day with a hearty breakfast at one of Cromwell's top cafes, such as Fuseé Rouge, Forage, or Nichols Garden Café. After breakfast, head to Highlands for a family challenge at Go Karts, a look through the museum, and perhaps a hot lap if you're feeling adventurous. In the afternoon, visit some of Cromwell's cellar doors such as Scott Base Cellar Door, The Cloudy Bay Shed, Mt Difficulty, and Carrick to taste what the world’s southernmost wine region has to offer. Alternatively, explore the Lake Dunstan Trail on your bike or stroll through time on the popular Bannockburn Sluicings track. In the evening, visit the Stoaker Room for a delicious meal you won't soon forget!
Easter Sunday is a popular day in Central Otago, and there are plenty of events to keep you entertained. The Annual Clyde Food and Wine Festival is a must-visit event for food and wine lovers. Alternatively, if you prefer a slower pace, the Cromwell Farmers Market is a great place to sample local produce and meet friendly locals. You can also ride your bike on the famous Lake Dunstan Trail to Clyde and enjoy both events. Finish off your perfect Sunday at the Bannockburn Hotel where you can enjoy a meal and a glass of their wide selection of local and international wines.
Top Travel Tip: It's always a good idea to check opening hours and availability before heading out to support a business.
Day 4 (Monday)
As you leave our beautiful part of the world, make sure to gather the family in front of the famous Big Fruit sculpture on SH8B for a photo! Don't forget to tag Cromwell using #lovecromwell and share your favourite part of your holiday.
If you're looking for a beautiful and memorable Easter weekend getaway, Cromwell is the perfect destination. With stunning scenery, delicious food and wine, and plenty of activities to keep you busy, it's no wonder that visitors keep coming back year after year. So pack your bags, book your accommodation, and get ready to experience the best of Cromwell!