Cromwell is located in the valley of the Upper Clutha, deep in the heart of the dry interior of Central Otago . . . in a landscape of bare brown hills, of tussock and briar, of purple thyme and tors of schist, of broad basins and fertile valleys, of Lake Dunstan's pristine waters and of gorges carved by two great rivers . . . a landscape first trodden by the Maori hunter and trader, opened to European settlement by the sheepmen, exploited and transformed by the gold seekers and later by the dam builders . . . and now home to the merino and deer farmer, to orchards and vineyards, to artists and artisans and to those, tempted by the landscape and history, climate and location and the myriad of pursuits offered on land and water, to visit this "timeless land."
Activities for individuals and groups who prefer to explore and experience places at their leisure include four-wheel driving the many hill tracks, trekking and mountain biking, visiting the Central Otago vineyards, exploring the old stone buildings, the Information Centre and Museum and Old Cromwell Town, and discovering the old mining landscapes.Organised activities include guided four-wheeled drive tours, golf all year round on the 18-hole championship course, orchard tours, the wine trail, jet boating the Kawarau or Clutha Rivers, or guided tours to historic and scenic sites. Cromwell is strategically located for easy day trips to:
The winter ski fields of The Remarkables, Coronet Peak , Treble Cone, Cardrona, and Waiorau Snow Farm are all within a comfortable driving distance.