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Activities and events in and around Cromwell
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Things to do in Cromwell

Full on action and adrenaline in Cromwell

So much to do

If it's the action you're looking for, we've got the goods. Whether it's whizzing down the narrow Karawau gorge in a jetboat, lapping it up at the motorsport track or jumping in a helicopter for sky-high fun. You will not be disappointed! Check out the adrenaline-inducing activities on offer.

  • Fast laps and u drive at Highland Motor sport Park
  • Hire a Motorcycle from Central Otago Motorcycle hire
  • Thrills on the Goldfields Jet Boat on the Kawarau river
  • Heli biking
  • Hillview flights
  • Go carting at Highlands
  • Paintball Central
  • Safari Buggy Adventure at Highlands Motor Sport park
  • V8 SuperCar at Highlands
  • A Highlands Taxi ride
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Mountain biking cycling and walking

A Mountain Bikers Paradise

Mountain Biking and Cycling in the Cromwell area is second-to-none - the diverse varied terrain and magnificent beauty of the area makes for some great adventures on wheels. Mountain biking offers an enjoyable and exciting way to see the country and meet people whilst experiencing the outdoor environment. The local roads, tracks and valleys are opportunities that are available for biking. However, as most have legal or landowner issues to determine, it is advised that bikers should check with the Cromwell i-SITE Visitor Information Centre before starting out on their ride.

There are also a number of mountain biking and cycling events held in the area see Summer Series

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History and Heritage

Valleys of gold!

At the entrance to the spectacular Kawarau Gorge en route to Queenstown, you can explore Goldfields Mining Centre - one of the few easily accessible original mining sites from the gold rush era. A guided tour gives you a fascinating glimpse into history. See the old workings and operating equipment which used the power of water to literally move mountains. Try your hand at gold panning or take the self-guided walk and explore the Chinese miner’s village to appreciate how the early miners lived.

You can also take time out and relax at Goldfields Mining Centre and enjoy lunch or a snack in the garden café on the banks of the Kawarau Gorge. Visit the gold gallery, where beautiful items of hand-made gold jewellery and collectables are available for sale. And adventure seekers can combine their visit with a modern-day thrill...an exciting, high-speed jet boat trip down the spectacular Kawarau Gorge with Goldfields Jet, departing from the Mining Centre.

Be sure to take a wander down to the historic Cromwell Heritage Precinct for a selection of arts, crafts and cosy cafes.

Visit the town museum in the mall Or the museum of performance vehicles at Highlands Motorsport Park

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Arts and Crafts

The Cromwell region is an arts destination.

Take the time to explore the studios and galleries of the many very talented artists who are inspired by our region.

Old Cromwell Towns Historic Precinct is home to a variety of local craftspeople, specialist shops, and cafes. You are welcome to walk into the beautifully restored historic buildings and visit working artisans and shops throughout the precinct. Take time out to relax and enjoy this unique piece of New Zealand’s pioneering past.

  • Artcut Gallery
  • Earth Elements
  • Hullabaloo Artspace
  • OCTA Gallery

The Central Otago Arts Trail offers a unique and interesting artistic experience for both visitors and locals alike.

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Golf

Cromwell Golf Club

The Cromwell Golf Club was established in 1903 and is located in Neplusultra Street, Cromwell. The 18-hole tournament course is widely considered to be one of the best and most challenging rural courses in the South Island.

Situated alongside Lake Dunstan, the Cromwell course is a layout that will challenge the championship player, while providing plenty of enjoyment for the longer handicapper or social golfer;

Firm and gently undulating fairways are set amongst sand dunes and plantings of marram grass. The course is fully irrigated to maintain perfect playing conditions year-round.

The mini-golf course is in a picturesque setting behind the 'big fruit' and beside the skateboard park in Murray Terrace. The well set out course has 18 longer than average holes with a variety of challenges.

The Tarras Golf Club was established in 1956 in the heart of Central Otago’s sheep farming country. Just outside the village, it is located along State Highway 8, North of Cromwell and East of Wanaka.

Tarras Golf Club is one of the few remaining original rural golf courses in New Zealand where sheep graze the fairways and small fences around the greens make sure the animals don’t touch the putting surface!

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Highlands Motorsport Park NZ

Motor Racing and So much more

Highlands 101 Motorsport Events 13/15 November

Highlands Motorsport Park Cromwell offers Motor Racing Events plus heaps of family fun, action, and adventure.

  • Experience the go-karts
  • The Lamborghini hot laps WOW
  • V8 supercars
  • The Museum of performance vehicles
  • The Safari Park
  • The Nose retardant.
  • The museum cafe
  • The Radical SR3 cars- U dRive
  • Mini Golf
  • Porsche Cayenne Taxi Rides- so much fun a so reasonable
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Cromwell Summer Series

Something for everyone

For over twenty years Cromwell has hosted a series of summer sporting events. The calendar has something for everyone – from elite athletes looking to notch up another title, to families and individuals having a fun day out amongst unspoilt mountain scenery.

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