An ideal base to discover
With Highlands Motor Sport Park, international vineyards, amazing scenery and an international hockey turf, to name just a few, Cromwell plays host to many events and activities throughout the year.
During summer, enjoy the Cromwell Farmers Market located in the Cromwell Heritage Precinct, and Highlands 501 car racing every November. Swimming and boating on Lake Dunstan and the Kawarau and Clutha rivers, excitement at Cromwell Speedway from October until April, and if you have the energy there are a number of walks and runs available (from 5km to half marathons).
Increasingly popular are the cycle trails around the Cromwell and Central Otago region, with the Bannockburn Sluicings and Lake Dunstan trails just 5 minutes from our door, or you can cycle the Otago Rail Trail that starts in Clyde (20 minutes’ drive). Bikes can be hired in Cromwell, including e-bikes.
In winter, you have easy access to the local ski fields (Cardrona, Treble Cone, Remarkables and Coronet Peak) where winter sport events are held throughout the ski season. Ice skating in Alexandra and Queenstown are within an hour from Cromwell, or you can relax in one of our wineries, pubs or cafes, and enjoy a great meal or a local wine or beer by the fire.
Take a look below at just some of the events happening each month in the area.
With over 800 Classic Cars, Hot Rods and Bikes on display, this show is not to be missed for motorsport enthusiasts. There will also be food stalls, craft stalls, a licensed bar and more.Find out more
Rock out in Queenstown at the Gibbston Valley Winery with headline acts including Bonnie Tyler, Alan Parson Live Project, and ICEHOUSE.Find out more
Guest speaker evenings, group dinners, adventure touring and of course a whole lot of 2 wheeled action is what you can expect from the annual Bannockburn Bike Week.Find out more
Relax and enjoy live entertainment from local musicians, great food and wine in a beautiful setting amongst historic stone buildings on the edge of Lake Dunstan.Find out more
2018 is the 19th anniversary of the legendary Otago Central Rail Trail Duathlon. Check out the website below for training programs, maps, entry forms and more information about this iconic event.Find out more
A festival of extreme mountain endurance. The big one – 100 miles, 8000 metre elevation gain and loss - for the serious nutters only. Also 100km and 50km – still crazy but more achievable.Find out more
Come together in Clyde's historic precinct to celebrate outstanding wines from the world’s most southerly vineyards. As Otago’s biggest wine event held every year on Easter Sunday, the festival attracts thousands of visitors who delight in locally produced wine and food while being surrounded by the stunning Central Otago scenery of schist rock hills and mountains.Find out more
Experience five extraordinary days across five unique courses around Central Otago - the Mount Michael Classic is not to be missed for golfing enthusiasts.Find out more
One of New Zealand’s best known and longest running Motorcycle Rallies where 1500 – 2000 motorcyclists gather annually at Oturehua to celebrate motorcycling in one of New Zealand’s coldest places. Just an hour east of Cromwell, bring your bike and enjoy one of the greatest motorcycling adventures in New Zealand with other like-minded motorcyclists.Find out more
There'll be rocky slopes, extreme ascents, and possibly even scrambling through snow - this marathon is not for the faint hearted! Learn more about the gear required and how to register below.Find out more
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NZ’s winter is one hell of a party with all the favourites including the Monteith’s Dog Derby, Day on the Bay and the Annual Ball. The ‘host mountain’ is Cardrona Alpine Resort
and the talent line-up is always a celebration of NZ’s hottest music talent. This is the ultimate event to improve your Instagram feed - town will be buzzing with people celebrating the arrival of winter in true Queenstown style.
August / September
Winter Olympic and X Games stars head to NZ’s Southern Alps each year for the first major championships of the season. Held across all of our local ski fields (Cardrona, Treble Cone, Coronet Peak, Remarkables, and the Snow Farm) watch them compete for glory in freestyle skiing, snowboarding, alpine skiing, cross-country skiing and curling. The Games are one of the world’s top five winter sports competitions and the only one in the southern hemisphere. They are also NZ’s largest recurring sports event.Find out more
For 62 years, the historic Blossom Festival has welcomed the arrival of spring in Alexandra. Last year's festival saw a record 15,000 attendees enjoy music, floats, parades and art exhibitions while sampling from the multitude of food, craft beer and wine stalls. Talented local artists and craftspeople showcase their works during the festivities and the kids are well catered for too, with a dedicated Kids Stage to keep them entertained. Find out more
October (Labour Weekend)
The Cromwell half marathon and 10km fun run or walk takes you around many of Cromwell's features including the golf course, Heritage Precinct and the shores of Lake Dunstan, all while enjoying spectacular mountain views. The half marathon can be run solo or as part of a corporate teams half marathon relay.Find out more
Enjoy an action and adrenalin packed weekend, the Highlands 101 is now the feature race of an event of the same name. It sees up to 42 race cars and two drivers per car take to the track for a three-and-a-bit hour long all-out battle to win the spectacular Highlands’ Claymore trophy. The weekend features a wonderful array of top class entertainment on and off the track, including a great range of fun kids’ activities on the top terrace and as usual an amazing selection of food and refreshment vendors in key spectator areas.Find out more
As one of New Zealand's biggest country music festivals, this 3 day event will see music lovers enjoy busking, top country performers, wine stalls, refreshment tents and more to be announced soon.Find out more