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Top Choice Cafe in Cromwell

Armando's Kitchen

Cromwell's heritage precinct is best enjoyed from the veranda of Armando's Kitchen, with an espresso or gourmet ice cream in hand. The homemade pasta, pizza and cakes are all excellent, and the breakfasts are legend…
Historic Building in Cromwell

Cromwell Heritage Precinct

When the Clyde Dam was completed in 1992 it flooded Cromwell's historic town centre, 280 homes, six farms and 17 orchards. Many historic buildings were disassembled before the flooding and have since been rebuilt in…
Winery in Cromwell


Around a dozen or so Bannockburn wineries are open to the public; several offer notable dining. Carrick is up there with the best, with an art-filled restaurant opening out on to a terrace and lush lawns, and a will…
Pub Food in Cromwell

Bannockburn Hotel

A recent refurbishment has turned this historic Bannockburn watering hole into a stylish modern pub with a tapas-inspired sharing menu and a wine list longer than your arm. It's 5km out of town, but it operates a fr…
Bistro in Cromwell

Mt Difficulty

As well as making our favourite NZ pinot noir, Mt Difficulty is a lovely spot for a leisurely lunch looking down over the valley. There are large wine-friendly platters to share, but save room for the decadent desse…
Cafe in Cromwell

Black Rabbit Kitchen & Bar

A welcome addition to the tiny hamlet of Bannockburn, this rustic chic cafe-bar offers great brunches, good coffee, an extensive wine list and a sunny deck on which you can happily while away the afternoon.
Market in Cromwell

Cromwell Farmers Market

In summer the Cromwell Heritage Precinct plays host to an excellent farmers market, running every Sunday from Labour weekend (late October) to Easter.
Sports in Cromwell

Highlands 101

A weekend-long motorsports festival at Highlands Park, culminating in a 101-lap endurance race.
Sports in Cromwell

Highlands Festival of Speed

Two days of classic motor racing, held in early April.
Historic Site in Cromwell

Bendigo Historic Reserve

Gold was first discovered in Bendigo in 1862; relics from this era can be seen at this historic reserve, accessible via a gravel road off SH8, just north of Lake Dunstan. Sights include mine shafts and tunnels, mach…