Omarama (pronounced O - mara - ma) is a small
rural town in Otago, that is just 20 minutes drive from the
Red Cat Biplane base at Pukaki Airport near Twizel.
Omarama has a
supermarket (with postal facilities), two petrol stations, a gift/clothing
shop (GlenCraig's), a second-hand book and antique store (Totara Peak
Gallery), two garage/workshops, a variety of cafes and restaurants,
a pub and a bottle store. There are no banks or cash machines in
town - the closest being in Twizel.
Omarama has a wide range of accommodation options.
For recommendations, please contact us. We can also book for you if
A campground (the Omarama Top Ten Holiday Park),
is located in the heart of Omarama next to the Omarama Stream. This
is close to the shops and the location is a fun place for children.
For details, check them out at www.omaramatop10.co.nz or phone (03)
Big Sky Bed and Breakfast
Hank and Kay will share their hospitality and local
knowledge while you enjoy the special tranquil atmosphere of the Big
Sky Bed and Breakfast. Further details at www.bigskybnb.co.nz. Phone
(03) 438 9538.
Close to town, the
Sierra Motels have large comfortable units, a fishing tackle shop and
great hosts. Standard rate is $90.00 per night for one adult or $110.00
per night for two adults. For bookings, please contact us or Cathy or
Neville Ferguson on +34 3 438 9785 or email at: email@example.com
Owned by Richard and Annelbelle Subtil, Merino
Backpackers is located within walking distance of Omarama township
and is ideal for those wanting a bit of quiet. Full kitchen and bathroom
facilities are provided in this comfortable accommodation. A Dorm Share
is $15.00 per person and a Twin with Ensuite is $20.00 per person. A
tent site is $8.00 per person.
A bed and breakfast option is also offered at Longview Cottage.
This is highly recommended. Single is $70.00 and double is $120.00.
details the Omarama Station website is:
Other contacts are: Richard or Annabelle on (03) 438 9820,
or (027) 406 9522, or email on firstname.lastname@example.org
Sally and Tony Fodie have some very good accommodation
to offer with a two bedroom chalet that has a large section and a covered
patio facing north with spectacular mountain views. The Chalet has a
queen size room, a twin room, a small kitchen and a comfortable lounge
and dining area. Prices are $95.00 for two and $20.00 per person after
that. Please contact the Totara Peak Gallery for bookings.
Motel, hosted by Tom and Rose Shields, has 12 serviced units and two
studios. Their standard rate is $95.00 per night but discounts are offered
for people staying for an extended period. There is also a backpacker
option available at $35.00 per night (separate room but shared shower/toilets).
Continental breakfasts can be supplied and families are welcome.
north of the town is the Countrytime Hotel with its own restaurant. All
rooms are fully serviced and have their own shower/bath, television, tea
and coffee making facilities, internet access and telephone. SKY TV is
available in the lounge, which is adjacent to the bar. Prices vary from
$75.00 to $95.00 per room depending on the season.
Heritage Gateway Hotel
hotel is the Heritage Gateway, which is located in Omarama township.
Room rates are the highest in town but for those wanting a little bit
of extra comfort, the hotel is highly recommended.
The Omarama Hot Tubs
are located on the main highway. Operated by Jan and Lance Thomas, this
attraction opened during the 2008/2009 summer and is becoming very
popular for those wanting to unwind in the evening. Prices are $30.00
per person. Highly recommended! We can make bookings for you.
Omarama Hot Tubs
GlenCraig's store is filled with something for everyone.
Established by Glenys and Craig Dawson in 1999, GlenCraig's stocks
a huge variety of international clothing brands, summer and winter wear
for indoors and outdoors, sportswear, hats, accessories, fashion jewellery
and footwear for all seasons - for men, ladies and children as well as
some very cute baby wear! Check them out at www.glencraig.co.nz or phone
on (03) 438 9816
Places to Eat
There is a great selection of places to eat at
Highly recommended is the Wrinkly Rams Cafe with good food at reasonable
For those wanting lunch, the Oasis provides takeaway food and
dine-in options. The Merino also provides dine-in or takeaway food and
can supply packed lunches if required (great if you want to have a
picnic!). If needed, they can also exchange foreign currency.
Meals are available from both the Countrytime Hotel and Heritage
Gateway. The Omarama Hotel does great bar meals, which you can have
outside under the umbrellas while enjoying a cold beer. They also do
Located to the north
of the town is the Kahu Cafe ("Kahu" is Maori for hawk) offering superb
coffee and a range of wholesome food. Evening meals can be provided
by booking on the day with Dagmar.
The Kahu Cafe
To book accommodation or activities, please phone Aviation
RED CAT (0800 733 228)