Cromwell is the place to be – surrounded by gorgeous nature, home of adventure and a haven of unparalleled relaxation. There is no shortage of things to do all year round! A short walk or bike ride away from town centre and other amenities, Wooing Tree Estate is ideally situated for making the most of what Cromwell has to offer, whether its wine tasting, a round of golf or hitting the cycle trails. Check out the list of the top 5 things to do around Wooing Tree Estate this season and see what’s next to cross off your list.
There’s no doubt that sampling some amazing wine should be top of your list when planning a day exploring Cromwell. In any season, it’s easy to walk from winery to winery around town, especially with Wooing Tree Vineyard, Scott Base, River Rock Estate and Aurum Wines all short walk from Wooing Tree Estate. Central Otago is one of the most popular wine-producing regions in New Zealand, known particularly for its Pinot Noir so be sure to stop in at one or more of the many cellar doors. You’re spoiled for choice! Learn more about the wineries of Cromwell and check out the wine country map here.
Get On Your Bike
Cromwell is the hub of the Central Otago region, a region full of awesome bike trails showcasing the best of the South Island. Cromwell has a few short rides of its own including the Cromwell to Bannockburn Lakeside Trail. It’s one of the easiest rides in the area and encapsulates some great scenery of Lake Dunstan, Old Cromwell Town and the Kawarau River. The ride ends at Bannockburn Bridge where you can treat yourself at the pub. Alternatively, the recently opened, Lake Dunstan Cycle Trail offers a 55km ride through unique and fascinating landscapes. This new trail provides a key link with the Otago Central Rail Trail and the Roxburgh Gorge Trail, both of which are part of Nga Haerenga – New Zealand Cycle Trails. With links to the cycle trails directly connected, Wooing Tree Estate is sure to make the perfect starting point and finishing point to any cycle ride. Learn more about the cycle hub here.
Play A Round Of Golf
Golfing in Central Otago is all about fun in the sun, and at the same time enjoying the region’s fabulous scenery. Perfectly located on the shores of Lake Dunstan, and right across the highway from the Wooing Tree Estate, Cromwell Golf Club enjoys the reputation of being one of the best club courses on offer in the region. It is not a resort course, however it strives to be the ‘best of the rest’. Get some buddies together and battle it out on the green among pretty views of the surrounding mountains. Choose between 9-hole or 18 holes and get stuck in! More on where to play golf near Cromwell here.
Walk The Trails
If cycling isn’t your game, there are eight fantastic walks in the Cromwell area to make the most of. They’re a great way of taking the scenery and seeing some relic of the gold mining history. Check out the Dunstan Lakeside walks for flat and easy strolls alongside this beautiful man-made lake. Or climb high on the Old Reservoir Track that zigzags up to a former reservoir high above Lake Dunstan. And walk the Quartz-Reef Tailings, 8km from Cromwell off State Highway 8 heading to Tarras, for some interesting gold mining machinery and buildings on this 45-minute walk.
Hit The Slopes
It’s hard to mention the Cromwell lifestyle without mentioning the winter sports. Ski fields near to Cromwell enjoy fabulous scenery, fresh snow, and a fantastic range of trails, jumps and runs, catering for all skiing and snowboarding levels. There is something for everyone with the ever-reliable Cardrona, the Treble Cone views, the roller coaster terrain of Coronet Peak, or the classic The Remarkables. With 4 ski fields just over an hour’s drive away (in different directions), Wooing Tree Estate is a central spot from which you can take your pick of which slope to hit first. More on Winter Sports in Cromwell here.