Tours & Experiences
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.
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.
24 Ord Road, Cromwell 9384, New Zealand
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
River Rock Hot Pools
River Rock Hot Pools is open to the public and welcome guests to try one of the five intimate private hot pools. Set amongst grain silos, a stables building, stone and rocky outcrops with native plantings and views of the surrounding mountains and vineyard. The Hot Pools temperatures range from 34 - 40 degrees. The complex is only suitable for adults. Indoor Baths x two: Housed in a lean-to stables style building each bath is suitable for one or two adults and housed in its own room with private changing area. The two bath areas have views of the mountains and vineyard and are separated by an opaque glass wall which can be opened to form one larger area.
Outdoor Hot Tub: Set amongst a rocky setting with views of the mountains and vineyard. The tub also has a cold shower for when the body gets too hot and needs a quick temperature change. Guests can change in the provided changing rooms. Water temperature is set at 39 degrees. Suitable for up to six adults.
Indoor Spa Tub: The spa/tub is set amongst rocks inside a grain silo with its own shower and views of the mountains and vineyard. Water temperature is set at 38.6 degrees. Guests can change in the silo or in the provided changing rooms. Suitable for one or two adults.
Indoor Swim Spa/Plunge Pool: Housed inside an extended grain silo. State of the art plunge pool with spa seats and lounger at one end and swim jets at opposite end. There are numerous large rocks placed around the pool edge and outside in a fully fenced courtyard area which is suitable for soaking up the suns rays in summer. Guests can change in the provided changing rooms. The water temperature is set between 32.C during summer to 38.C during the colder months. Suitable for up to six adults.
021 270 5518
1 Shortcut Road, Cromwell.
Central Otago Arts Trail
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
Goldfields Mining Centre
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.
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.
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.
803 Kawarau Gorge Road, Kawarau Gorge 9384, New Zealand
Highlands - Experience the Exceptional
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 international race circuit at speed from Supercars to U-drive race cars, 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, a unique Aroma Room wine experience and the Young Guns Virtual Reality Room.
Our onsite licensed Café features a large alfresco deck overlooking the track. Don’t forget to check out our latest innovation; Loo with a View!. The toilets all have one-way glass which gives guests a stunning view of the race-track and surrounding mountains. Each toilet has a different theme and is instantly Instagramable.
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.
03 445 4052
Corner SH6 and Sandflat Road, Sandflat Road, Cromwell 9384, New Zealand