Cromwell … Still a Place of Discovery

Cromwell Fruit Sculpture

You know when you see the large fruit sculpture you’ve arrived in Cromwell. The fruit sculpture signifies the importance of fruit growing in the area. It has the ‘well-earned reputation as the fruit bowl of New Zealand’. When the fruit fades from the sun, it is ‘re-ripened’ with a fresh coat of paint.

Cromwell Fruit Sculpture
Cromwell Fruit Sculpture

Cromwell Town Centre

Alongside the Fruit Sculpture is the shopping centre. Your first stop should be at the local i-Site Visitor Information Centre. Followed by a walk through the shopping centre. The walkway is amazing. Not only are there great places to sit down and eat your lunch, the stream running through it is so relaxing.

Cromwell Town Centre
Cromwell Town Centre

Cromwell Heritage Precinct

When visiting Cromwell, ensure you visit the Heritage Precinct.  Cromwell’s history has been preserved through their collection of lovingly reconstructed heritage buildings.  The Heritage Precinct is located alongside Lake Dunstan.  When Lake Dunstan was formed as a storage reservoir for the Clyde Dam, it flooded the main street of Cromwell.  Fortunately, some of the buildings were saved and rebuilt on the new site Heritage Precinct site. Click here to read our Heritage Precinct blog.

Whenever we’re in Cromwell, we also make sure we visit. It’s lovely just walking around the buildings. While some buildings may be closed when we visit, we know they’ll probably be open the next time we travel through.

Cromwell Heritage Precinct
Cromwell Heritage Precinct

The Stone Temple

The Stone Temple (formerly St John’s Presbyterian Church) was built between 1880-1881. In 2004, the church was sold to private owners. Fortunately, they have beautifully restored it including full reconstruction of the bell tower. We were not able to visit inside the building as it is now in private ownership. However, it was lovely to view from the outside and worth going to have a look.

The Stone Temple
The Stone Temple

Catholic Church of Mary Immaculate & the Irish Martyrs

Opened on April 1909, the Catholic Church is the second one built in Cromwell. Among the early Catholic settlers in the area were Irish gold-miners. It was their influence that led to the new church being dedicated to the Irish Martyrs. Fortunately, we were able to enter and view the church. Unfortunately, not many churches are left unlocked during the day.

Catholic Church of Mary Immaculate & the Irish Martyrs
Catholic Church of Mary Immaculate & the Irish Martyrs

Litany Street Cemetery

Founded in 1865, Litany Street Cemetery is Cromwell’s first cemetery. It is the final resting place of many of Cromwell’s early pioneers, including Chinese miners. An interpretation panel that lists all known persons interred on the site is a feature of this cemetery. This was an initiative of the Cromwell Lions Club who have made a point of taking an ongoing interest in this cemetery.

Unfortunately, like many New Zealand cemeteries, unmarked pauper graves are known to exist in this cemetery. Strolling around many old cemeteries in New Zealand, we often find that there are unmarked graves. Sometimes, because there is no headstone, but other times, there is no record of who is buried there.

Litany Street Cemetery
Litany Street Cemetery


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