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
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.
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>
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.
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.