Cromwell is located in the valley of the Upper Clutha, deep in the heart of the dry interior of Central Otago . . . in a landscape of bare brown hills, of tussock and briar, of purple thyme and tors of schist, of broad basins and fertile valleys, of Lake Dunstan's pristine waters and of gorges carved by two great rivers . . . a landscape first trodden by the Maori hunter and trader, opened to European settlement by the sheepmen, exploited and transformed by the gold seekers and later by the dam builders . . . and now home to the merino and deer farmer, to orchards and vineyards, to artists and artisans and to those, tempted by the landscape and history, climate and location and the myriad of pursuits offered on land and water, to visit this "timeless land." Cromwell is strategically located for easy day trips to: QUEENSTOWN - 50 minutes drive away ARROWTOWN - 25 minutes WANAKA - 45 minutes CLYDE - 20 minutes ALEXANDRA - 30 minutes ST BATHANS - 60 minutes NASEBY - 75 minutes ROXBURGH - 55 minutes The winter ski fields of The Remarkables, Coronet Peak, Treble Cone, Cardrona, and Waiorau Snow Farm are all within a comfortable driving distance. There is a variety of places to stay, from quality hotel and motel accommodation, to bed and breakfasts, farmstays, camping grounds, and chalets for backpackers.