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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Entertainment
“Fancy a hot lap in a Ferarri? Check out some exceptional motorsport memorabilia? Or fancy getting behind the wheel and racing your mates in go-carts. This is an incredible spot and a great asset to Cromwell. Put this on your list. ”
  • 16 locals recommend
Bar
“Excellent food and atmosphere. A very impressive wine list and a huge menu.”
  • 12 locals recommend
Grocery or Supermarket
“A walk or drive away, closes at 9pm and has a great selection of food and wine”
  • 7 locals recommend
Food
“A drive to Bannockburn will take just under 1 hour. If you want to have lunch at Mt Difficulty, it is best to book in advance. Stop off at Old Cromwell Town to explore heritage buildings, many with artisan businesses in them, located on the shore of Lake Dunstan.”
  • 12 locals recommend
Mexican Restaurant
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“Very good Mexican food. Great atmosphere. Another relatively new spot in Cromwell that has been getting rave reviews. ”
  • 8 locals recommend
Place to eat
“Excellent service coupled with amazing food and wine - give it a try, you'll not regret it!”
  • 8 locals recommend
Place to eat
“Must visit!! The presentation of the food is beautiful, the food is fresh and truly delicious. The range of cakes/slices must be seen to be believed. The inside eating area is a little cramped and noisy at times (especially if it's busy) but the food and service certainly needs to be experienced. Really lovely outdoor eating area for summer. ”
  • 10 locals recommend
Park
“At old Cromwell Town you can step back in time and see what the area once looked like and where it was once located before the creation of the Clyde Dam and Lake Dunstan. Lovely on a sunny day for lunch or a coffee. Peaceful views. Nice shops, Art Galleries and a Farmers Market on Sunday mornings - Spring to Autumn. ”
  • 7 locals recommend
Lodging
“Olivers has an excellent reputation for amazing food, range of craft beers (and also non-craft beer), Central Otago wines and the atmosphere is second to none. In summer, the outdoor area is the perfect place to relax amongst the beautiful surroundings. ”
  • 8 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Beautiful spot to stop for lunch. Outstanding organic wines. Exceptional knowledge from the man who does the tastings.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Museum
“Beautiful views, quaint buildings, and friendly locals. Visit on a Sunday morning in spring/summer for the farmers market.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Food
“Wooing Tree Vineyard. Opposite the Big Fruit Sculpture. Specializing in Pinot Noir our aim is to produce a Central Otago wine with rich and intense fruit flavors from low yielding vines. ”
  • 4 locals recommend
Lodging
“Friendly Pub/Restaurant/Bar that is great to have a boogie at later on at night. Very family friendly until 10pm on the weekends.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Cafe
“Wonderful food, an old stone building lovingly converted to a restaurant and cafe.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Restaurant
  • 2 locals recommend
Cafe
“Great food and wine, friendly service. Garden bar in summer is really lovely.”
  • 5 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Bar
“Excellent food and atmosphere. A very impressive wine list and a huge menu.”
  • 12 locals recommend
Mexican Restaurant
“Very good Mexican food. Great atmosphere. Another relatively new spot in Cromwell that has been getting rave reviews. ”
  • 8 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Beautiful spot to stop for lunch. Outstanding organic wines. Exceptional knowledge from the man who does the tastings.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Cafe
“Wonderful food, an old stone building lovingly converted to a restaurant and cafe.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Restaurant
  • 2 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Family friendly restaurant and bar with friendly staff, great menu and unique Central Otago decor ”
  • 2 locals recommend
Cafe
“Breakfast, lunch or just a coffee this cafe has a great outdoor seating area that it perfect for the sunny central Otago days”
  • 2 locals recommend
Restaurant

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