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The Gate CRomwell

Discover Central Otago's Finest Walks

Nestled in the heart of this beautiful region, our hotel is the perfect starting point for some of the best walking tracks in New Zealand. Here's our curated list of the top five walks, each offering a unique experience of the natural and historical beauty of Bannockburn, Cromwell, and beyond. Let's lace up those walking boots and embark on an adventure!

1. Bannockburn Sluicings Walk

  • Distance from Harvest Hotel: Approximately 5 km
  • Estimated Walking Time: 1 - 2 hours
  • Track Details: Delve into the gold-mining past of Central Otago on the Bannockburn Sluicings Walk. This historical journey takes you through a landscape sculpted by gold miners over a century ago. The track offers panoramic views of the Kawarau River and the rugged terrain shaped by the gold rush. Interpretive signage along the way brings to life the stories of those who sought their fortune here.

2. Carrick Town Track

  • Distance from Harvest Hotel: About 6 km
  • Estimated Walking Time: 2 - 3 hours
  • Track Details: The Carrick Town Track is a journey through history. Winding through the Carrick gold mining area, this track is lined with old mining relics, offering a glimpse into the region's rich past. The path also rewards walkers with stunning views of the Clutha River and surrounding vineyards, making it a perfect blend of history and natural beauty.

3. Cromwell Heritage Precinct Walk

  • Distance from Harvest Hotel: Just a 10-minute walk
  • Estimated Walking Time: 1 hour
  • Track Details: Step back in time with a leisurely stroll through Cromwell's Heritage Precinct. This preserved area showcases life during the gold rush era. The walk is an easy, family-friendly option, ideal for a casual afternoon exploring the charming historic buildings, quaint shops, and local eateries.

4. Bendigo Historic Reserve Trails

  • Distance from Harvest Hotel: Around 20 km
  • Estimated Walking Time: 1.5 - 3 hours
  • Track Details: The Bendigo Historic Reserve Trails offer a fascinating exploration of the Bendigo gold mining area. A network of tracks leads you through a landscape filled with historic mine shafts, relics, and stunning views of the Central Otago landscape. It's a unique mix of history and scenic beauty, perfect for those interested in both.

5. Lake Dunstan Trail

  • Distance from Harvest Hotel: Approximately 2 km
  • Estimated Walking Time: 2 - 4 hours
  • Track Details: For a serene experience, the Lake Dunstan Trail is a must-do. This scenic path runs along the shores of Lake Dunstan. With breathtaking views of the water, surrounding mountains, and local vineyards, it's a peaceful retreat into nature. The trail is suitable for walkers of all skill levels, offering both shorter and longer options to suit your pace.

Each of these walks is a stone's throw from Harvest Hotel, making them easily accessible for our guests. After a day of exploring, return to the comfort of our hotel, where you can relax and reminisce about your day's adventures. Whether you're a history buff, a nature enthusiast, or just looking for a peaceful stroll, these trails offer something for everyone.

Ready to explore? Our friendly staff at Harvest Hotel are always on hand to provide you with more information, maps, and tips to make the most of your walking adventures in Central Otago. Happy walking!