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Cromwell Heritage Precinct

Melmore Terrace, Cromwell 9310, New Zealand
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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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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
Melmore Terrace, Cromwell 9310, New Zealand
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Reviewed 2 days ago

It was nice to see a precinct of old and well preserved buildings saved from the flooding of the dam. I would suggest that some of the exhibits need more equipment within them and possibly set up as a working museum. Eg the stables and...More

Thank Craig H
Reviewed 1 week ago

Historic buildings with old settings and furniture to reinforce the history. Some of the buildings have plaques showing the succession of owners/occupants from way back when until the 1980's.

Thank Barney53727
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Lovely little historical town. Worth a wonder! A couple cute little cafes on the waterfront too! Grab coffee & cinnamon scroll from the Italian cafe!

Thank MissMLJ
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We headed to Cromwell after lunch and were not sure what we would find. We were pleasantly surprised when we visited the Historic District. Located along the lake, it is lovely, things of historic nature to see, relaxing and as it is situated along the...More

Thank AAMOO2
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It was a cold foggy day went we visited here. No parking problems and a brief walk to the precinct. Greeted by a model of a horse and cart, good photo op here. Dropped a coin in the box to hear the story of the...More

Thank Sandy R
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Very interesting to walk through and look at the history of Cromwell. Would be better if they had "tour" guides. Maybe some dressing up and a town crier or something but still a lovely spot

Thank Mel D
Reviewed 9 June 2017

I spent a lot of my childhood in Cromwell so I'm well aware of what the original town looked like. I found the experience rather dull. Lacking in guidance on where buildings existed. Also some of the town buildings go back to the exact originals...More

Thank 79linda2015
Reviewed 20 May 2017 via mobile

What a fantastic little town, the heritage precinct is a must if staying in Queenstown or Wanaka. Probably not a all day place but worth the drive off the road also surrounded by wineries and orchards so fill up on fruit, berries, and enjoy wine...More

Thank kingsmorri
Reviewed 7 May 2017

Still work to be done but found the information and buildings of interest.If in Cromwell it is worth a visit

Thank sherpa33
Reviewed 6 May 2017

We were revisiting and amazed at the presentation of this area. The shops, galleries, eating places and displays have made this a destination to visit. The pity is that ii is along way from the township when walking.

Thank Phillipa K
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