Cromwell Heritage Precinct

Central Otago

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 a pedestrianised precinct beside Lake Dunstan. While some have been set up as period museum pieces (stables, newspaper presses and the like), others house good cafes, galleries and some interesting shops – look for the shop selling a rainbow of hand-spun yarn.

In summer the area plays host to an excellent weekly farmers market.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Central Otago attractions

1. Bendigo Historic Reserve

10.86 MILES

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2. Clyde Historical Museums

11.1 MILES

This volunteer-run local museum showcases Māori and Victorian exhibits, and traces the construction of the Clyde Dam. You can also peep into the old…

3. Pisa Conservation Area

12.43 MILES

Covering much of the Pisa Range, this conservation reserve has several walking trails through the tussock grass. To get the full show, the 19km tramp to…

4. Rockburn

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Producers of one of the region's most acclaimed pinot noirs; its cellar door is in the front yard of the rustic Gibbston Tavern.

5. Peregrine

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Peregrine by name, peregrine by design…the award-winning construction of the cellar door, shaped a bit like a falcon's wing in flight, looks particularly…

6. Gibbston Valley

14.55 MILES

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7. Cardrona Distillery

15.74 MILES

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8. Chard Farm

16.19 MILES

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