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Chatto Creek Tavern

Accommodation Type

Hotel, Historic


Double room $120,  Bunkroom $50 per person,  Single room $90 per person

Cooked Breakfast available,  Lunches and Evening meals - Meals range from $8 - $36


  • With Bunkroom accommodation available for 6 people.
  • Linen, duvets towels provided.
  • The Otago Central Rail Trail at our back doorstep
  • Shaded Beer garden - informal camping area - unique rock outcrops & spectacular undulating hill country
  • The Manuherikia Gorge - Wine Trail - Historic Post Office.


Experience genuine southern hospitality at the Historic Chatto Creek Tavern Est. 1886. The 18" thick Schist stone allows it to be cool in summer and warm in the winter.  We serve with pride the best Blue Cod, Whitebait and Rib Eye Steak meals. With friendly service, Chatto Creek Tavern is an ideal lunch stop on the Rail Trail; lie in the hammocks, talk to the donkeys and enjoy lunch before taking on Tiger Hill. We also cater for events, functions, weddings and much more.

The bar has an extensive collection of Antique Guns and historic artefacts. The shaded beer garden extends to the Rail Trail and to the smallest operating Post Office in New Zealand. Spend time reading its interesting history and enjoying the old photos; imagine being the Post Mistress in this small tin shed for 42 years without heating or running water.

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Lesley Middlemass


1544 Omakau-Chatto Creek Rd, Omakau

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