Cromwell Motel

Corner Barry and Gair Avenues, Cromwell, New Zealand
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Fruit Farms

by CherrieTeh


I am planning to drive to Queenstown and will be passing Cromwell. Is it possible to visit some fruit farms there and which farms offer opportunity for a tour or fruit picking experience?


Re: Fruit Farms

by craic


here is a link for one orchard in cromwell with a schedule of what fruit is available when

I like fruit picking, especially berries, but not done it down in that area

Re: Fruit Farms

by Kakapo2

If I remember right you travel at the end of November, and that is rather early for the kind of fruit they have in the Cromwell area. It is famous for its cherries and apricots, but also peaches, plums, nectarines, apples and pears.

The berry farms are more along the east coast, roughly between Timaru and Oamaru, and in the Motueka region at the northern end of the south island.

But you can visit some of the orchards, however, some only upon booking, and if you are a group of 4, and some only during the season - which, as mentioned, starts in December. They have shops and stalls and sell products made of their fruit - but fresh fruit normally only starts in December, and then with apples well into autumn.

This one even mentions tours:

This is a cherry orchard:

Re: Fruit Farms

by kyhar

hi CherrieTeh,

I was reading the forum and realized that both are us are planning a trip to NZ in nov. Are you from singapore too ? Maybe we can exchange itinerary and planning info. I was also looking to do some pick your own cherries/strawberries, but cant seem to find any. You can email me at

Re: Fruit Farms

by CherrieTeh

Hi kyhar,

Sure. I am about done with my itinerary, should be completed by end of this week. Will send it to you then. The current itinerary covers Christchurch->Lake Tekapo->Dunedin->Queenstown->Fox Glacier/Franz Josef->take Tranzalpine back from Greymouth to Christchurch->Akaroa->fly back. I have 8 nites 9 days in NZ South Island so the itinerary involves quite a bit of driving each day, thank goodness there is 4 of us. The NZ members have been great giving suggestions and advices

Nope, I am from Penang/Malaysia. How many days will you be touring NZ? Will you be covering North Island? I am not doing North Island again,this will be the second time I am touring NZ, once is never enough. The first time I joined a tour company hence it was a touch and go affair for many places..

ps: Strawberries are not in season in Nov unfortunately, only apples :( and maybe cherry if you are going late Nov

Re: Fruit Farms

by Kakapo2

Hey CherrieTeh,

no apples in November! November is spring in NZ, apples are harvested in autumn, so in Feb/March.

Cherries are ripe just before Christmas.

With strawberries you can be lucky in spring. Even mine in the garden are ripe at this time - but I do not have enough to invite you for picking ;-)

There are strawberry fields and fruit farms around Christchurch (Marshlands Road), and all the way down to Oamaru.

Re: Fruit Farms

by CherrieTeh

Thanks for the correction. Brain must be getting overloaded with too much research :-)

Anyway, apples are not my favorite so I am glad they are not in season. Hopefully, can get some cherries though

Re: Fruit Farms

by Kakapo2

Yeah - cherries for Cherrie ;-)

Re: Fruit Farms

by kyhar


Your research seems very fast :) I have sort of stopped after i finalize my itenary. Btw, which car hire company will you be using ?

I'm travelling last week of nov till first week of dec. Will be going for 17 days, just stopping over in Auckland for a couple of days to go up to the Bay of islands..then flying to christchurch. The majority days will be spent on south island and i am going from christchurh-arthurs pass - puntaki - glacers - wanaka - milford sound - queenstown - dunedin - otago peninsula - mt cook - christchurch - banks peninsula -kaikoura. Still have an extra day in my itenary, so still deciding where to go..

ooh, i'm really looking fwd to strawberries and cherries picking. My son loved strawberries and blurberries (especially )picking. But i think blueberries are not in season yet.

Re: Fruit Farms

by Kakapo2

If you have to get back from Kaikoura to Christchurch you could drive the inland route and a short detour to Hanmer Springs and soak in the hot pools. Or do it on the way from Christchurch/Banks Peninsula to Kaikoura.

Travel Tips for Cromwell

Cromwell, NZ's newest old town

by Robmj

Cromwell was reinvented following the construction of the Clyde Dam as one of NZ's "think big" projects during the late 1970's. The dam turned a gorgous old gorge into a man made lake which now is considered a major popular recreational asset.

Old Cromwell was a mining town from the 19th century, parts of the old town were relocated above the new lake line and make an interesting historic precinct within Cromwell.

The modern town is well served with amenities and enjoys the superb central Otago weather, beautiful snowy countryside in winter and hot summer days.

Nearby districts display the goldfields heritage with nearby Bendigo and Bannockburn providing a fascinating insight into this era. The region is now also famous for its vineyards and there are numerous nearby wineries to enjoy the fine wine and splendid food at the vineyard cafes.

Cromwell is the cross roads for the central district, roads led to Wanaka, Queenstown and the cities of Dunedin & Invercargill. Wanaka, Queenstown and Arrowtown are not far away, making this a very central part of the region. Of course, from here, you can also take the beautiful drive up the centre of the South Island passing via Tarras, Twizel, Omarama, Mt Cook, Lake Tekapo and onto Christchurch.

There are plenty of nearby walking opportunities and many great golf courses and other activites.

You will not run out of things to do in this area. Come and enjoy.


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