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 township


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 required.


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 or phone (03) 438 9875

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  Phone (03) 438 9538.

Sierra Motels

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:

Omarama Station

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.

For further details the Omarama Station website is:

Other contacts are: Richard or Annabelle on (03) 438 9820, or (027) 406 9522, or email on

The Chalet

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.

The Ahuriri Motel

The Ahuriri 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.

Countrytime Hotel

Located 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

Another comfortable 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.

Things to do

Omarama Hot Tubs

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.

GlenCraig's of Omarama

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 or phone on (03) 438 9816

Places to Eat

There is a great selection of places to eat at Omarama.

Highly recommended is the Wrinkly Rams Cafe with good food at reasonable prices.

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 takeaways.

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 Adventures on:

0800 RED CAT (0800 733 228)