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Cromwell Heritage Precinct

Melmore Terrace, Cromwell 9310, New Zealand
+64 3-445 1746
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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.
  • Excellent39%
  • Very good49%
  • Average10%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“art galleries” (9 reviews)
“lake dunstan” (15 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
LOCATION
Melmore Terrace, Cromwell 9310, New Zealand
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+64 3-445 1746
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"art galleries"
in 9 reviews
"lake dunstan"
in 15 reviews
"farmers market"
in 8 reviews
"shops and cafes"
in 6 reviews
"step back in time"
in 4 reviews
"worth a visit"
in 10 reviews
"waters edge"
in 3 reviews
"historical area"
in 3 reviews
"local history"
in 7 reviews
"small area"
in 5 reviews
"lots of photo opportunities"
in 3 reviews
"lovely walk"
in 4 reviews
"lovely spot"
in 4 reviews
"great history"
in 3 reviews
"great place to visit"
in 3 reviews
"dam"
in 17 reviews
"restored"
in 14 reviews
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Reviewed 2 days ago

We were amazed how the old Cromwell had changed. In the 1970s I had lived and worked in Cromwell. I worked in the very last building before the original bridge, which is now under about 30 feet of water in the newly formed Lake Dunstan.

Thank GaryJudy G
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Monday in May is not the best day to go as not many of the businesses are open and so it did not give a realistic view of the area.

Thank Diane M
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Reviewed 26 April 2018 via mobile

Lovely old buildings kids had a ball exploring without the hassle of the horrendous crowds we found at arrowtown. Worth a stop in to see this lovely preserved town.

Thank Monique W
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Reviewed 9 April 2018

Lovely rebuilt heritage area on rivers edge that retains some integrity apparently. Not much happening but & a few olde shoppes of limited interest. Would be a good picnic spot. Just off the Highway - less than 2 km - so worth a drop in...More

Thank planetogra
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Reviewed 5 April 2018 via mobile

We went for a wander to look at the old buildings but to be honest i think you could skip this. The boutique style shops are all over priced and theres not much else to see

Thank Melissa H
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Reviewed 3 April 2018 via mobile

Lovely strolling through the village with beautiful galleries and boutique shops and plenty of informative displays. Worth a visit.

Thank Catherine L
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Reviewed 27 March 2018

good cafe, fairly generic gift shop, but nice to look through. Waterfront is peaceful. Historic stuff well labelled and lots of good written/pictorial history to view. I'd go again.

Thank daisybellcow
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Reviewed 21 March 2018 via mobile

Loved our walk through this old town in the pouring rain. It was neat, well maintained and interesting

Thank Chris P
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Reviewed 19 March 2018

Lovely stop off with historic buildings and nice cafe serving drinks and snack on a lake front, easy parking that is free

Thank Jerry D
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Reviewed 17 March 2018 via mobile

The committee have done a great job restoring the old shop fronts. Very relaxing sitting on the river enjoying a coffee and a cake. Beautiful views and so relaxing

Thank raelene61
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