Central Otago’s Newest Tourist Centre and Attraction

The only town in New Zealand boasting a 13 metre ‘Big Fruit’ statue celebrating the importance of fruit growing to the Central Otago economy, there’s no mistaking you have arrived in Cromwell.

Just a hundred or so metres along State Highway 8B from the giant apricot, apple, pear and nectarine, Cromwell offers another compelling reason for stopping ‘The Gate’, a stand-out attraction for travellers and locals alike.

Based on the strong bones and timeless design of a large and eye-catching building complex at a gateway location on the corner of State Highway 8B and Cromwell’s main street, Barry Avenue, The Gate is the distinctive steep gable roof over the the stand-alone brands featured above…

Being just an hour from the centre of Queenstown, a little over half an hour from Wanaka and only a couple of hours from the West Coast glaciers, Cromwell is also an ideal rest stop and where better to relax or stretch your legs than The Gate’s Village Green.

Here landscaping and planting have created a wonderful space where besides such luxuries as bean bags, white-painted pergolas with timber shade fins and low concrete walls, there is a variety of seating and gathering areas, including a children’s play zone.

The spacious, easy parking grounds of The Gate also include Cromwell Super Liquor, an independent outlet where you’ll likely find your favourite brands of beer, spirits and wines.