Central Otago Attractions

Cromwell is an excellent location for those who want to experience the local attractions of Central Otago, Wanaka & Queenstown. Here you'll find some of our personal favourites. All of these activities can be booked via our reservations team. For enquiries, give us a call or send us an email and we'd be happy to help.

SPLASH Water Sport Hire Limited

We are very excited to promote Cromwell's newest water sport hire service. The SPLASH team offers kayak and paddleboard hire right here on Lake Dunstan, Cromwell. Departure points may vary from the Lowburn inlet to Old Cromwell, and even right here in Pisa Moorings for group rentals. The talented staff at SPLASH also offer some fantastic activities you may have never tried before, such as yoga on the paddleboards with a private instructor. The Lake Resort team is happy to assist with advance bookings for those looking to kayak during their stay.  

Cardrona Alpine Resort

No matter the season, the whole family will enjoy this fun and friendly mountain. Come and explore the awesome ski and snowboarding facilities in NZ's ultimate playground! Cardrona is the perfect resort for all levels. Discover Cardrona high in the Southern Alps, just an hour drive on the most direct and safe route (no Crown Range crossing necessary!) from Heritage Lake Resort. 

Heliview

Blending a luxury helicopter, personalised service, friendly staff and the stunning Central Otago landscape, family-owned Heliview Flights offers a range of scenic helicopter flights and heli-biking trips (guided and self-ride). From their base at Cromwell Racecourse Airfield, flights take in the majestic vista of the surrounding area and Southern Alps.

 

The Cromwell Basin flight

The Cromwell Basin flight offers a glimpse into the area's rich goldmining history, both present day and days gone by, and showcases the basin's breathtaking Central Otago landscape, including an alpine landing on the Pisa Range.

Wine Tasting at Altitude

This package includes a Cromwell Basin flight with alpine/snow landing, an aerial guided tour with the winemaker and owner of award-winning Aurum Wines, and a private tasting of three Aurum wines at altitude with Aurum's winemaker and owner.

Guided Helibiking with Bike Hire

High on the Central Otago ranges, experience amazing scenery with views to the Southern Alps. Enjoy the anticipation of your helicopter ride as we strap the bikes on, then take to the skies and check out the trails ahead of you. We cater to various mountain bike experience levels. End your day at a historic pub, restaurant/cafe or one of the award-winning wineries, where you will enjoy a drink and maybe some nibbles while we come to pick you up in our 4WD minibus and bring you back to base. Enjoy this big, big country that is uniquely Central Otago.

Mt Difficulty Wine Tastings

Mt Difficulty's Cellar Door and Restaurant sit on a rocky outcrop, high above the winery on Felton Road in Bannockburn. It's the perfect spot to experience Mt Difficulty's unique hospitality while taking in the venue's dramatic views.

-Wine tasting and sales from 10.30am to 4.30pm (10.30am-5.30pm from Christmas until Easter)

-Lunch served daily from 12.00pm to 4.00pm, casual dining, a la carte or platters to share

-Seating is limited so lunch reservations are essential, phone +64 3 4453 445 or email cellar.door@mtdifficulty.co.nz

Jackson Orchards Tours


Jackson Orchards is just a 5-minute drive from the Heritage Boutique Lake Resort. Their guided tours won't dissapoint! Enjoy a personalised tour through a working orchard and be driven around in Jackson Orchards' yellow electric bus. You will get the opportunity to pick in-season fruit be they cherries, apricots, peaches, nectarines, plums, greengages, apples or pears to eat and take home with you. Learn about the history of the orchard, machinery, pollination, pruning, thinning, pest & frost protection, irrigation, markets, picking and packing. 

Fruit picking is available late November to April. Tours outside this period will receive a takeaway basket from the fruit stall. Groups between 1-3 persons for $25.00 per person, groups of 4 or more for $22.00 per person. Children 12 yrs and under are free of charge. Please enquire for large group bookings. The tour duration is approximately 45 minutes and can be adjusted to suit.

Pinot Thyme Wine Tours

Pinot Thyme Wine Tours is a boutique wine tour operator based in scenic Central Otago. Be driven in the comfort of a modern vehicle to visit the world class wineries and vineyards our region has to offer. Experienced owner, Jim Ashe, will guide you through spectacular landscapes and tastings of award winning wines. 

Private and group tours available. All tours include free wine tastings & lunch, plus pickup and dropoff options from the Heritage Boutique Lake Resort.

Skydive Wanaka

You won't regret choosing Skydive Wanaka for your New Zealand tandem skydive. Innovative and progressive, Skydive Wanaka is dedicated to delivering a unique tandem skydive experience, with high standards of safety, comfort and personal service.

Their highly qualified and friendly tandem skydive team just loves to skydive in one of the most spectacular locations in New Zealand. They live to share the freefall experience with people like you, and have fun doing it. 

Highlands Motorsport Park

Highlands Motorsport Park is the ultimate destination for enthusiasts and families alike. Experience the adventure, discover the museum and relax and enjoy a local wine at The Nose Restaurant. There are plenty of activities to choose from on the circuit: FASTlaps, YOURLaps, The Highlands Taxi, V8 Supercar and the Lamborghini Fast Dash to name a few.

GO-Karts Action Experience

Try to set your fastest lap time on the Highlands 650m Go-Kart track. The German-built Rimo go-karts reach speeds of up to 50km per hour so race your mates and try to get on our leader board. There are single and tandem karts to choose from, making this an ideal family activity.