Cromwell and its surroundings

Cromwell is located in the valley of the Upper Clutha, deep in the heart of the dry interior of Central Otago… in a landscape of bare brown hills, of tussock and briar, of purple thyme and tors of schist, of broad basins and fertile valleys, of Lake Dunstan’s pristine waters and of gorges carved by two great rivers…. a landscape first trodden by the Maori hunter and trader, opened to European settlement by the sheepmen, exploited and transformed by the gold seekers and later by the dam builders….and now home to the merino and deer farmer, to orchards and vineyards, to artists and to those, tempted by the landscape and history, climate and location and the myriad of pursuits offered on land and water, to visit this “timeless land”. For more details