Cromwell Heritage Precinct

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Cromwell Heritage Precinct
4.5
Points of Interest & Landmarks
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Monday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Tuesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Wednesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Thursday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Friday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Saturday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Sunday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
About
History |Galleries | Cafes | Boutique shops Central Otago's best kept secret - a free visitor attraction that has something for the whole family. When the Clyde dam was completed in 1990, Cromwell's main street disappeared under Lake Dunstan. Some of the historic buildings dating back to the gold rush of the 1860's were saved or lovingly rebuilt on higher ground, creating the Cromwell Heritage Precinct. Step back in time to the gold rush and explore heritage buildings, many with artisan businesses in them, located on the shore of beautiful Lake Dunstan. Open daily.
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cpcog
Wellington, New Zealand1,325 contributions
Dec. 2021
IT is worth to stop at Cromwell when you drive between Queenstown and Christchurch. This area is interesting for tourists with historic buildings. They are well kept and some of them transformed to different cafe and stores. we enjoyed walking there along the lake.
Somehow I felt like being in a movie when I were there.
Written 6 January 2022
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Stewarts Vacation
374 contributions
Dec. 2021
This area has been well laid out and showcases historic buildings from the gold mining days of the 1860s, before the Clyde Dam was constructed flooding Melmore Street. It was interesting to wander through this area, which is situated along the picturesque waterfront. Some of the buildings were purely for display and exhibited information, others were being used as shops. There was a lovely cafe offering indoor and outdoor seating - a chance to enjoy the vibe and view.
Written 31 December 2021
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Cherie S
Nelson, New Zealand195 contributions
Nov. 2021
We enjoyed our walk along the historic precinct in Cromwell. It was a great find on our trip from Wanaka back to Queenstown. Lots of old buildings and history along the waterfront.
Written 20 November 2021
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KiwiKerry53
Wellington, New Zealand4,401 contributions
Jul. 2021
The original township of Cromwell was flooded when Lake Dunstan was created as a storage reservoir for the Clyde Dam. The lake flooded the main street of the original township of Cromwell dating back to the 1860's goldrush.
Some historic buildings were saved or dismantled and rebuilt on the new site, Cromwell Heritage Precinct.
It had a really nice feel to it.
Written 11 November 2021
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carol j
Palmerston North, New Zealand1,717 contributions
Oct. 2021
Over bridge to Cromwell and turn right then you will find yourself in what locals call old Cromwell town on the shore of Lake Dunstan.
This historic Main Street was flooded to make way for a dam burying historic buildings dating back to 1860’s.
Some of original buildings still remain half submerged and the rest were restored or reconstructed.
Stroll along the lakeside and indulge in the cafe,and shops where local artisans sell and produce their works .Learn about the history before the town disappeared under the water .
You can park your car at top and walk few hundred meters down to lake side.I have been told that on a clear day when waters are still from a height you can still see the buried village under water.
Written 29 October 2021
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ok_xin
Auckland, New Zealand1,218 contributions
Dec. 2020
One of my favourite tourist attraction in Central Otago area.

There were many specialty stores and Farmers Market was held on every Sunday morning.
A must visit if you are in the area cause you will be able to get beautiful treasures like art and craft here. Of course, juicy cherries during end of the year.

We had our lunch in Armando's Kitchen. They were serving Italian food, bakeries and beautiful teas and coffees.
The food was reasonable but very crowded on Sunday morning and you have to prepare for a wait.

My favourite shop was The Tent House. I grabbed many aromatic natural lavender products and get to visit their little garden.
Thank you, Karen.
Written 13 August 2021
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gtlegacy2015
Wellington, New Zealand208 contributions
May 2021 • Couples
Interesting historic site which is walkable within 30 minutes.

Good collections of shop and historic artefacts.

Parking available close by

On the river.
Written 3 July 2021
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tudman
Auckland Central, New Zealand57 contributions
May 2021
I’ve been here before and Cromwell has really grown, but the Old Precinct is still a lovely place to walk through.
Written 30 May 2021
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Naina-Damani
London, UK1,032 contributions
Mar. 2020
Important to visit this place to understand the history of Cromwell which is located on the sparkling pristine clear water of Lake Dunstable.
Written 6 February 2021
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Mike B
Auckland, New Zealand44 contributions
Jan. 2021
It was awesome walking through the remaining buildings left over from when the town was flooded in 1992 and moved inland. Good to see they have kept this preserved so people can see the old heritage buildings.
Written 14 January 2021
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Cromwell Heritage Precinct is open:
  • Sun - Sat 12:00 am - 11:59 pm
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