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Gilchrists Store & The Old Shop B&B

Accommodation Type

Bed & Breakfast, Historic


2 persons $70.00 per head,  3 to 6 persons $65.00 per head
Includes continental breakfast.


  • One double room
  • Large bedroom with four single beds
  • Full bathroom
  • Sitting room with tea and coffee making facilities


The Otago Central Rail Trail has some wonderful accommodation experiences.  As the name suggests “The Old Shop B & B” was once a store, the original Gilchrists Store in fact that was opened in the 1890’s. What was 'out the back of the shop' now offers comfortable accommodation for up to six people...

Outdoors boasts a sheltered, sun-trap garden for well-earned relaxation or socializing under Central Otago's famous summer skies where it's daylight to around 10 o'clock. Next door is Gilchrist's Store new store that opened in 1929. You'll find it hard to resist spending time browsing shelves of Kiwiana and Kiwi nostalgia. An experience made all the more memorable sipping your favorite style of coffee 'baristered' by host Rhonda and her staff.

Directly across the road from the Rail Trail and Oturehua Tavern, and just a few minutes away from historic Hayes Engineering Works and the Golden Progress Mine, you couldn't be more central to everything than when you stay at The Old Shop B & B

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John & Helen Hellier


3353 Ida Valley - Omakau Road, Oturehua

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