The gate is a sprawling Hospitality and Tourist centre located in the town of Cromwell. You can eat, drink, stay in a comfy room, get local area information and play the pokies here all in a beautiful rural setting.
About The Gate Hospitality & Info Centre
The centre actually consists of five different main venues: The Harvest Hotel, Five Stags Bar and Restaurant, the Forage Information Centre and Café, Black Panther Pizza and The Cromwell Super Liquor store.
Restaurants & Menus Overview
Five Stags Bar and Restaurant
The Gate has a number of facilities in which to eat; the five stags bar and restaurant serves lunch between 12-2pm from Friday through to Sunday, and serves dinner 7 days a week from 5pm.
Both menus come with gluten free, vegetarian and vegan options so they cater to a range of diners with different dietary requirements.
Their lunch menu consists of a range of dishes such as eggs benedict and cheese quesadilla. They also offer a kid’s menu with favourites such as mini fish and chips or chicken nuggets and fries, so is great for a family looking to dine out.
The dinner menu at the restaurant has heavier dishes that include venison and pork belly, both with generous sides of vegetables. The kid’s menu also applies to the dinner options, so families can dine out together at any time of day.
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Menu Sample Five Stags Lunch
Black Panther Pizza
The popular pizza eatery situated within the venue and guests are known to love the homemade, stone-oven baked offerings.
The pizzas can be made to order, or there are seven different variations listed on the menu, one example being, the ‘French Chick’ is a pizza made with Napolitana sauce, cranberry sauce, cheese, nuts and seasoned chicken, alongside brie cheese and red onion.
The pizzas here are awesome and can be made vegetarian and gluten-free for diners with dietary requests, just ask.
Menu Sample Black Panther
Forage Information Centre and Café
The café at the information centre is a great place for tourists who are looking to take a break to make enquiries while enjoying a nice refreshment and a bite to eat.
The café and info section is open from 6am – 4pm daily and serves breakfast until 11am. Breakfast meals include smaller, healthy options such as porridge or fruit salad, or for diners who are preparing for a big day of exploring the surroundings, a big breakfast of hash browns, bacon and sausages is available. This is your best breakfast venue in Cromwell by far.
The café serves a range of lunch dishes, including a soup of the day, venison meatballs and pulled beef burritos. There’s also a kids menu so is great if the family needs to stop of at the centre for enquiries.
For diners wanting lighter dishes, the café stocks a variety of cold cabinet options such as tasty sandwiches and salads, there’s also a range of hot and cold beverages with great coffees and teas available.
Menu Sample Forage
The Harvest Hotel is located within the grounds of The Gate and has a total of 47 standard and premium rooms for hire. All rooms at the hotel have an adjoining balcony that offers views of the surrounding rural scenery, each wing of the hotel has different options to offer the guests.
For example, the Dunstan Wing is situated on the ground floor with parking amenities just outside the door, and as a result, is popular among guests.
The Courtyard Wing is situated in close proximity to the secluded conference centre and is popular among wedding parties. The conference centre has the potential to be transformed into an ideal setting for weddings.
The Dunes Wing sees the rising of the morning sun and rooms look out over Cromwell golf course. Golfing guests tend to prefer this wing for that very reason.
General Venue Facilities
As aforementioned, the venue is very popular for weddings as the conference centre is private, intimate, and can be decorated to meet a particular theme, the hotel actually uses specially designed wall and ceiling drapes.
Summer weddings will have the full benefit of the hotel’s outdoor courtyard that provides a cosy, romantic setting and boasts a carefully-planted garden.
The venue can also arrange wedding preparation and offers beauticians, cake-makers, hairdressers, live music and photographers. It does have everything that a bride and groom may need to make their big day special and the wedding planning services are actually complementary and come free with the venue hire.
Harvest Hotel, within the Gate, has a specially designed Conference Centre where guests can hold board meetings and other corporate events.
The hotel offers to create seating plans for such events, and also offers catering in the form of open buffets that are comprised of finger foods, sandwiches, salads and pizzas alongside full access to bar facilities.
The information centre is a great facility for tourists who are looking to explore the surrounding area and the history and culture of the locale. Brochures, leaflets and information booklets can all be picked up at the centre.
Staff are on hand to answer any specific enquiries that guests may have. There’s also the option to book activities such as day cruises, bungee jumping or jet boating.
Cromwell Super Liquor
The complex is also home to the Cromwell Super Liquor. Here, guests can pick up a range of beverages including popular beers and ales, or locally sourced wines and spirits. Staff at the store also provide recommendations according to the customer’s particular tastes.
Kids Play Zone
For families, there’s plenty of communal seating areas with children’s play areas adjoining, so parents can enjoy a break while the kids play.
Things to do Locally
The area is a very popular tourist destination and is set against the rural mountainside. Activities can be found to suit everybody, if you are looking for an adrenaline rush take a jet boat ride across the local Kawarau river region.
More daring spooky seekers can take a trip through a real-life horror experience at the Fear Factory Queenstown: kids can enter for just $20.00 (if they dare), adults $40.00 or a family for $99.00 – 2 kids x 2 adults.
Couples or lone travelers have the option to take a private helicopter ride or attend a wine tour that takes guests through several local wineries and holds wine-tasting experiences.
All experiences and tours mentioned above can be booked through the Gate Forage Information Centre directly, a few samples below of many great things to do in Cromwell and areas close-by.
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The Gate Opening Hours
7 days early to late
T: 3-445 1777
Map and address
6 Barry Ave, Cromwell 9310, New Zealand