Conference Location: Cromwell, Central Otago
Conference venue: The Gate
How to Get There
The nearest major airport to Cromwell is Queenstown Airport, which is approximately a 50-minute drive away. Queenstown is serviced by major car hire companies.
Queenstown to Cromwell : Via State Highway 6 – approximately 50 minutes drive (60km)
Christchurch to Cromwell: Via State Highway 8 – approximately 5 hours drive (423km)
The climate during March in Cromwell is mild and reasonably dry. Daytime maximum temperatures average around 19°C (66°F), whilst at night 23°C (73°F) is normal.
The Gate Cromwell (on site of conference venue)
Bookings can be made directly via phone +64 3 445 1777 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Mention you are with the TRC Sustainable Trails Conference to receive conference rates. Room types include single, double or twin share. Conference room rates are $260/night per room, with an additional option of $25 per person per day for a hot buffet breakfast.
Colonial Manor Motel Cromwell (300 meters from venue)
W: Colonial Manor Motel – Cromwell, Central Otago – book direct with the hotel
Ph: +64 3 445 0184
ASURE Central Gold Motel Cromwell (350 meters from conference venue)
W: ASURE Central Gold Motel Accommodation Cromwell, Central Otago, NZ
Ph: +64 3 445 4700
ARRIVAL | Monday 18th March 2024
No formally organised events, arrival day for those travelling from afar.
Day ONE | Tuesday 19th March 2024
Arrive at The Gate by 8am. No pre-registration, just collect your lanyard and grab a tea or coffee.
Be prepared for a full conference day which leads into the Welcome Function, drinks and informal dinner on the deck. We anticipate an 8-9pm finish.
Wear casual conference clothes and something warm to put on as the sun goes down.
Day TWO | Wednesday 20th March 2024
Arrive at The Gate by 8am and come prepared for your field trips.
MTB riders will need:
- Your bike and helmet (if you are using your own) – no formal storage is available at The Gate, but your bike can be kept in the courtyard, so bring a lock – if bringing your own bike, arrive early enough to sort this before the start of the conference.
- MTB attire
- Water bottle/hydration pack and/or small backpack for snacks
- Sunscreen and insect repellent
- In the event of rainy weather, wet weather gear and some dry clothes (these can be left of the bus).
Walkers will need:
- Walking attire (good shoes, hat, long sleeve shirt, sunglasses)
- Backpack (to carry a packed lunch)
- Water bottle/hydration pack
- Sunscreen and insect repellent
- In the event of rainy weather, bring a raincoat and some dry clothes (these can be left on the bus).
All food will be provided for the field trips.
After the field trip all delegates will return to Cromwell. The time will vary depending on each field trips but will be anywhere from 4.30pm – 6.30pm. This will be confirmed on the day of field trip based on weather and other factors.
Wednesday evening you are free to explore. Check out our list of recommendations at the bottom.
Day THREE | Thursday 21st March 2024
Arrive at The Gate at 8am for a full day of conference.
The conference will finish around 4.30/5pm, enough time to head back to your accommodation and freshen up before the bus departs for the Canyon at approximately 6pm. Dress code is smart casual. There will be two return buses, one early around 9.30pm and one a bit later around 10.30pm.
DEPARTURE | Friday 22nd March 2024
Departure day for those that have not already started the journey home, or stay on and experience more of what the region has to offer.
Dining Recommendations – pre booking is recommended