Originally known as “The Junction” Cromwell has always been a connecting between many different Otago towns, as well as other locations in the South Island.

It is found on the southern end of Lake Dunstan, half way between Queenstown and Wanaka via state highway 6. It also connects to Alexandra via the Cromwell Gorge.

Driving to and from Cromwell

To get to Cromwell from either Queenstown or Wanaka, it’s the SH6 via either Gibbston Valley (from Queenstown) or Luggate (from Wanaka). On the other side of the lake, SH8 takes you north towards Tekapo and eventually Christchurch or south to Alexandra.

Approximate driving times from Cromwell:

  • 20mins to Arrowtown
  • 20mins to Frankton
  • 20mins to Alexandra
  • 30mins to Queenstown
  • 30mins to Wanaka
  • 1hr 15mins to Glenorchy
  • 5hrs to Christchurch (via SH8)

Buses to and from Cromwell

As a stopping point for most major companies, there are many scheduled buses from Cromwell to both Queenstown and Wanaka.

Check the following companies for schedules and prices:

  • Naked Bus – daily services to Queenstown, Wanaka and north to Christchurch
  • Alpine Connexions – daily services to Wanaka, Queenstown, Alexandra, Dunedin Airport and Dunedin
  • Atomic Shuttles – daily services to Christchurch, Dunedin and the West Coast
  • InterCity – daily services to Christchurch and the West Coast

Flying to and from Cromwell

Quenstown Airport, is the closest airport available, and is about 30mins from Cromwell by car. Read more about flights to and from Queenstown Airport here.

Hitch Hiking out of Cromwell

Hitch hiking to either Queenstown or Wanaka from Cromwell is usually a simple process Wait on SH6 right next to the junction for SH8b. Many vehicles drive in both directions from here and a large number will be going all the way to Queenstown or Wanaka.

Please note that there can always be risks with hitch hiking. It should always be done with caution. 360queenstown-wanaka takes no responsibility for incidents that could be linked to the advice we provide.