Summer Road Trip Series: Cromwell Historic Precinct




If you’re looking for a sneaky day out, relaxed and without much forethought or organisation, not too far to drive, or even take a bus too…. then consider heading to Otago’s best kept secret - Cromwell’s Heritage Precinct.

In a nutshell, the precinct is ‘visitor attraction’; with the creation of Lake Dunstan following the completion of Clyde Dam in 1990, the old historic gold rush trading township of Cromwell was submerged below the waterline – but not before its historical buildings were relocated and restored to their new resting place above the current shore line.


There are three awesome eateries where you can grab a coffee or a local wine alongside tasting platters of regional produce and culinary creations. There are ‘falling down ruins’ which reflect on a time gone by and newly restored buildings that house art studios and unique craft shops.

And of course, if it’s the weekend, make sure you stop in and enjoy the Farmers Market for fresh produce, artisan crafts & takeaway fare. Enjoy a fine coffee with live music - open every Sunday over summer!

Travelling Times

By Car: 45mins – 1 hour via SH6, Gibbston Valley and Kawarau Gorge

By Bus: Check out Ritchies for the timetable but note that the schedule is seasonal, and the destination is actually Wanaka (via Cromwell).