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History |Galleries | Cafes | Boutique shops Central Otago's best kept secret - a free visitor attraction that has something for the whole family. When the Clyde dam was completed in 1990, Cromwell's main street disappeared under Lake Dunstan. Some...more
Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
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Melmore Terrace, Cromwell 9310, New Zealand
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Cromwell is not well advertised on the web, which as it turns out is a good thing. The heritage area which was partly saved and partly moved when the nearby river was damed is an awesome spot to spend a few hours. There are cafes...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Diverupe
Reviewed 1 week ago

Really cool little shops and cafes. Right on the lake with stunning views. Worth a visit for sure - probably the best shopping in Cromwell and in such a cute setting.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank nwoodhead
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great to find a working remnant of what once was by way of colonial buildings complete with a local market on Sunday. Worth a stop.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank GeneS460
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stopped through with some friends and children while visiting the area. There were several buildings filled with information, photographs and items from the old townships. Plenty to interest history buffs. There is also a cafe, a couple of galleries and a craft shop utilising...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank tmiller1079
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

50 minute drive from Arrowtown with an easy drive if you don't mind the occasional bend in the road, the scenery is breathtakingly and when you get to Cromwell follow the brown heritage signs. Wheelchair access and disabled toilets so easy for everyone. Parking is...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Duncan60
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Visit this small historic area and enjoy the cafes and galleries. Owner of OCTA gallery is very interesting to talk to. Pleasant contrast to the “new” purpose built town centre of Cromwell. Pleasant views over the water.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Richard56578588
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The precinct has a nice mix of businesses and historic displays. The galleries etc. are fun to browse. The Office is a great place to have a coffee or try their own brew of craft beer.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank chrismI3414EK
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Quite enjoyed walking around this area and looking at the galleries and reading about the history of the area.The walking trail along the lake is nice as well

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank hbgser
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A lovely spot with cafes, a couple of shops and great market on Sunday. I enjoyed the views and the coffee! Bought some very yummy cheese and jelly at the market. Kids were entertained for short bursts. Could be improved with a little more for...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank maxwellwhanau
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a remarkably well preserved historical precinct. But the weather was awful during our visit, with strong gusts of winds. There wasn’t many places we can take shelter and this ruined the experience somewhat.

Date of experience: December 2018
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Last Minute Change of Plans - Help Please! (6 Replies)
Hi My friend is flying to Christchurch on Tuesday. The original plan was to do Christchurch - Arthurs Pass - West Coast - Wanaka - Queenstown - Mount Cook - Christchurch over 12 days (in a campervan). But with West Coast being affected by storm, she needs a Plan B. There's not much time for her to do research. So I have helped to scramble up a East Coast itinerary. Done in a rush, so I really need all the help I can get to review the itinerary and finetune it. Day 3 Drive from...More
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I wouldn't make any changes yet. The roads are open and things are quickly returning to normal. Give it a day or so and you won't know anything happened.