Arriving in Cromwell from Queenstown, we saw numerous Fruit Trees & Vineyards, surrounded by poplar trees in a Valley. There are a lot of wineries in Cromwell and surrounds, the area is idealy suited to them. The vineyards had not quite turned colour when we were there, still nice with the Mountains in the background.
Some of the Orchards let you pick your own fruit. There is quite a variety...Cherries, Apricots, Peaches, Nectarines, Plums, Apples and Pears, with most of them in season from December throught to March, and Apples & Pears from February - September.
Cromwell was settled by miners after the discovery of gold in the region in 1863.
Originally located at the junction of the Kawarau and Clutha Rivers, a part of Cromwell was relocated after the construction of the Clyde Dam in 1993. The construction of the dam formed what is now Lake Dunstan, causing what was formerly the town centre to become flooded. Many of the historic, pioneer buildings were saved and relocated to a historic area located on the lake shore, so don't forget to check them out!
Wanaka Lakeside Walk
This walk can be made as long or short as you want and has many access points from all over the shoreline of Lake Wanaka.
The span of the walk is from Waterfall Creek on the Western side of the Lake to the Lake Outlet into the mighty Clutha river on the eastern side. Most people will find it though in the middle of the town centre and the track stays within 20 metres of the shoreline.
Its total length is 12kms and would take say 3 hours one way. Aside from the town centre, the main access points are Waterfall Creek, Eely Point, Bremner Bay, Beacon Point or the Outlet which can be accessed off Aubrey Road.
The track is flat and is in great condition, suitable for walkers, runners and cyclists.
Wanaka is a superb spot for doing some mountain biking.
There are a variety of different trails, from beginner to experienced, take your pick. Or you can simply bike around the town and lake edge. There is a walking / biking track that loops right around the Lake edge from the Wanaka township thru to Albertown some 6-10kms down the track.
A good spot is the Sticky Forest area which is on the right from the Lakeside track.
The local sports shop by the supermarket can rent you bikes as can a number of places in town.
I have not taken the slides for a very long time and it has been ages since I went to the playground.
It was back to childhood days where I can slide down on the back of a dinosaur.
Wish I could climb up the big tree.
My palms are so small compared to the statue.
I have asked some person what's the best place to visit in south island before I go to there,and there's always respond with"wanaka".I trust them,so I went there with my friends,woo~amazing place!I love there,I really do.it's a very pure and natural place and also you can do some adventural thing like skiing or rafting.
"view from the lakeside motel"
it's really beautiful place i have never seen before.it's make you feel just peaceful.....and also teh motel's price is not expensive,I remember it's $110 per room with double bed.and the equipment is good as well.just enjoy everything there.
"just another pic"