This farming town flourished when the railway opened in about 1905
The Omakau Railway Station was built in 1904 and was once one of the busiest stock loading stations in New Zealand. The town of Omakau itself was formed rather than build a bridge over the river to Ophir 2.5kms away.
From the centre of Omakau, you will clearly see a sign pointing to Ophir. Cycle over the concrete bridge across the Manuherikia River. Proceed for 2.5km to Ophir where you can cycle down the main street and see the many historic buildings before crossing the historic Daniel O’Connell suspension Bridge. Continue until you meet state highway 85, which you will cycle down back to the Centre of Omakau. Estimated distance: 6km.
The perfect location for your Rail Trail stop over in OmakauRates:
5 Ensuite studio units $160.00 (1 or 2 persons) extra person $45.00
Self contained Cottage for all 3 bedrooms $300.00
2 bedrooms $280.00
1 bedroom $200.00more info
Cobham cottage is nestled in the quiet, picturesque town of Omakau, and is a restful retreat to recharge and relax after a day cycling, skiing , hiking or sightseeing.Rates:
$160.00 per night (2 persons), $45 per night each additional person, $35 per night children under 10more info
Central Omakau situated directly behind local bar and shops. Also right beside rail trail.
Comfortable and cosy at $150 per night includes a continental breakfast.
Perfect for the traveller wanting a place to stay that is so handy to everything.Rates:
$150 per night includes a continental breakfastmore info
Tiger Hill Lodge is a nice schist lodge on the Rail Trail at Omakau. It has 4 rooms with ensuite bathrooms. Each room has super king beds. The rooms can also sleep two singles if requested. Our lodge is opposite the golf course and enjoys beautiful mountain views.Rates:
$170 per room per night which includes continental breakfast, spa, and bike lock up.more info
PROUD WINNER OF THE BEST COUNTRY HOTEL IN NZ 2016
Located just metres from the Otago Central Rail Trail, the Omakau Commercial Hotel was built in 1898 as Omakau’s first homestead then accommodation house for weary travellers. It is now an ideal stop for the new type of traveller that passes through Omakau –Rail Trailers, Curling Enthusiasts and visitors to the Central Otago area who can explore the area using the hotel as their base.Rates:
We have a variety of rooms to suit all budgets.
Rooms vary from $55 for a single room to yourself, or from $45 per person for a quad room with shared facilities. Our Bunkroom is $35 per person - (minimum of 2 people). Off peak group rates are also available. (June-Aug) Please note pricing does not include breakfast.more info
Camping ground close to the rail trail with spacious tent sites and large recreation area.more info
Matakanui Retreat is on a sheep and beef farm in the heart of the Manuherikia Valley with the Dunstan Ranges in the background. There are 2 rooms available with access to an outdoor BBQ area, spa bath, own section of the house and a shared living area. A new warm, sunny and homely farmstay - we look forward to hosting you.Rates:
$160 per night (price for 2 people) or $90 (price per person)more info
Near new house in sunny Omakau. Quiet location, situated right on the rail trail.Rates:
$150 per night 2 people, Extra person $25 per nightmore info
Built in 1928 and set among trees with views of the mountains,Killarney has been restored to a magic hideaway.Rates:
$145 per room
Discounts: for 2 children under 13 in twin room $120
for additional guests on sofa bed or in Queen room: $60more info
If you're looking for space, some history or a great place for the family then the Omakau Bedpost just might have something for you.Rates:
$70 / person or $35 / child under 13yrs - no charge for toddlers if you are supplying own port-a-cot and bedding - Minimum booking is $210. Continental breakfast provided.more info
This spacious two storied house directly opposite Tiger Hill Lodge and beside the golf course, is set in a beautiful garden with superb views.Rates:
$145 per room
Discounts: for 2 children under 13 in twin room $120
for two adults, 2 children in family room $250
includes continental breakfastmore info
A good range of tasty food and a great atmosphere. Ph: 03 447 3344.
Groceries. Open Monday to Friday.
The Hotel is available for any of your dining requirements, whether it is Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner or that special function – 364 days a year. They have a wonderful selection of Central Otago wines and Ales available from our bar to quench your thirst, and/or to compliment your meal. Ph: 03 447 3715
Manuherikia River runs beside Omaku township with easy access.
Omakau Tennis Club on Racecourse Rd. Phone 03 447 3847
Watch Peter Lorimer forge Damascus knives. His knives can be purchased from Lorimer Shop & Post next door to the Four Square Grocery Shop.
Take a look at the Old Stone Stable at the back of the Omakau Commercial Hotel. Speights Brewery made the stables famous when it ran a TV commercial about the Beer Deerstalkers Ball.
Omakau Golf Course is a 9 hole course which is set in quiet country surroundings with beautiful views.
Alton St, Omakau. Phone 03 447 3368
Cycling the Omakau-to-Ophir Circuit is a must-do! From the centre of Omakau you will clearly see a sign pointing to Ophir. Cycle over the concrete bridge across the Manuherikia River. Proceed for 2.5km to Ophir where you can cycle down the main street and see the many historic buildings before crossing the historic Daniel O’Connell Suspension Bridge.
Omakau Bowling Green, 14 Cobham Crescent. Phone 03 447 3759
To the north on the hill is the grand Omakau Catholic Church.
Interislander Summer Festival is a quintessential Kiwi day at the races - family picnics, jandals, deck chairs and chilly bins - it’s a classic summer’s day out. Combining top-notch racing action with local food, free kids entertainment and live music means there’s something for the whole family to enjoy.
Where: Omakau Racecourse
When: 2nd and 3rd Jan 2017
Fantastic family day of fun and excitement. There are some great trade stalls, wine and food section on the Pinot Paddock, speed shearing, live music, and a few other surprises.
When: Saturday 11th Feb 2017
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