Fruit Bowl of the South
An insight into the fruit-growing town of Cromwell and its local vicinity.
Spending a month or so with my brother and his three young daughters over Christmas 2012.
James (who I’d previously met back in Waikawa) stops over for the night with his new riding partner. Tyler is another young larrikin en route around New Zealand.
Fortunately, I’d only just erected my brother’s family tent. So a very roomy abode for them. They were very happy. Fed to. Doesn’t get much better for cycle adventurers.
James’s bike kit held together with nylon farmer string. Well it worked, just!
Old Cromwell is a blast from the past for any visitor.
Cromwell was originally known as, “The Junction”, being at the confluence of the Clutha and Kawarau Rivers. In 1862, gold was discovered. Once the word of a gold strike was out, there was an influx of several thousand miners to the area.
The town was named after Oliver Cromwell. But, nicknamed, Fruit Bowl Of The South.
As gold ran out, Cromwell became the service centre for an extensive farming and stone fruit growing area.
The former is commemorated with the giant sculpture of stone fruit (top photo) which stands outside the northern end of the town.
A prominent feature surrounding much of the town is the artificial Lake Dunstan.
Cromwell as with most other towns in New Zealand offer very good sports facilities. Not so sure how many people use it, as a lot of large hobbits around!
In the fruit picking season the town is in-undated by hoards of young foreign backpackers on tourist working visas.
Also an abundance of Fijians to pick fruit too.
You may ask, Fijians? Well, apparently the only people that work hard in the heat of the midday sun. So it’s not just mad Englishman!
I spend an afternoon visiting Cornish Point. Nice easy cycle. Hardly anyone around.
Next will be the cycle up the west coast. May it stay dry, as it’s also known as the wet coast!
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