Backpacking / Trekking in Cromwell, South Island, Otago New Zealand

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Cromwell is a small town, situated in Otago region, in the South Island, New Zealand. It lies on the shores of Lake Dunstan and is located only at 34 mi/55 km from Wanaka and 38 mi/62 km from Queenstown.

Before the formation of Lake Dunstan and the construction of Clyde Dam, Cromwell was known as The Junction, due to the confluence of Clutha River with Kawarau River. This used to be a gold-mining area. The climate is considered to be continental and dry, with hot summers (up to 35°C/95°F) and cold winters (the temperature can drop down to -8°C/17.60°F).

One of the best and most challenging ways to explore Cromwell and the surrounding area is trekking. Immerse yourself in the trekking adventure, feel the thrill of your personal effort and cover miles and miles discovering the rare and wild beauty of the surrounding valleys, mountains, lakes and forests!

Roaring Meg and Lowburn Pack Tracks (over Pisa Range), Cairnmuir Hill Track (from Clyde to Bannockburn) and Bannockburn to Goldfields Track are undoubtedly the most famous and rewarding ones. Don’t forget to bring the camera with you!

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