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.
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
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
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.
Goldfields Mining Centre
803 Kawarau Gorge Road, Kawarau Gorge 9384, New Zealand
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.
Chinese Village 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.
Gold Panning 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.
The Central Otago Arts Trail offers a unique and interesting artistic experience for both visitors and locals alike. We encourage you to take time to personally meet our talented artists in their studios and visit the galleries we have listed here. The information provided in the Arts Trail brochure and on the arts website offers the opportunity to visit artists in their own workplace. Each of these artists has something very special to offer visitors.
Artists in the Cromwell Area include:
Guise Gallery Lorraine Higgins Marie Velenski Rachel Hirabayashi Paul Samson OCTA Lynne Wilson & Joan Neil Hullabaloo Art Space Les Riddell Alan Waters Odelle Morshuis Megan Huffadine Studio RED Gallery Jenny Hill
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.
Central Otago and the Queenstown Lakes are some of the most beautiful places on earth. When Central Otago Tours owners Cole and Natalie Lions first saw the towering snowy mountains hanging over the glassy turquoise lakes and rivers, they could not help but fall in love with it.
Natalie Lions, a qualified sommelier with over a decade in the New Zealand wine industry, and husband Cole Lions, a sales and marketing professional with a passion for painting decided that this picturesque region with its world class wines and its pure artistic inspiration is a work of art in its own right and should be seen by everyone.