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. Rather than construct a bridge over the Manuherikia River to take the Otago Central Railway to already established Ophir 2.5km away, the Government decided to create a new railhead and settlement, naming it Omakau.
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, turning right to cycle back to the centre of Omakau. Estimated distance: 6km.
Tiger Hill Lodge is a stunning 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 in twin beds if requested. Our lodge is opposite the golf course and enjoys beautiful mountain views.Rates:
$170 per room per night which includes continental breakfast and the use of the spa.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
Camping ground close to the rail trail with spacious tent sites and large recreation area.more 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:
$75/ person or $45 / child under 13yrs - no charge for toddlers if you are supplying own port-a-cot and bedding - Minimum booking is $225 (3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children). Continental breakfast provided.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
The perfect location for your Rail Trail stop over in OmakauRates:
5 Ensuite studio units $170.00 (1 or 2 persons) extra per person $40.00
Self contained Cottage for all 3 bedrooms $360.00 (up to 6 persons)
2 Ensuite bedrooms $360.00 (up to 4 persons)
1 Ensuite bedroom $280.00 (1 couple - with sole occupancy)more info
A good range of tasty food and a great atmosphere. Ph: 03 447 3344.
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
Groceries. Open Monday to Friday.
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.
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.
To the north on the hill is the grand Omakau Catholic Church.
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
Omakau Tennis Club on Racecourse Rd. Phone 03 447 3847
Omakau Bowling Green, 14 Cobham Crescent. Phone 03 447 3759
Manuherikia River runs beside Omaku township with easy access.
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: Friday 3rd Jan 2020
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 15th February 2020
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