About Us

Omakau’s first homestead.


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Located just metres from the Otago Central Rail Trail, the Omakau Commercial Hotel was built in 1898 by William Leask 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 and Fishing Enthusiasts,  and visitors to the Central Otago area who can explore the area using the hotel as their base.

The Hotel is available for any of your dining requirements, 364 days a year. Our Chefs pride themselves on their flavour and presentation – we invite you to look at our Dining page for some mouth-watering temptations.  We have a wonderful selection of Central Otago wines and Ales available from our bar to quench your thirst, and/or to compliment your meal.

Located at the back of the Hotel, are the original schist stables which were built around 1880 to house Mr Leask’s horses when he farmed the land the hotel now stands on.  You may have already seen them without knowing – this is where Speight’s filmed their “Good On Ya Mate” adverts – the most memorable being “The Two Tickets to the Ball.  Now called McKinnons, this lovely building is available for functions, and is open during the day for you to come and enjoy some of Central’s original history. Click on the McKinnons tab at the top of the page to see more.

The hotel changed ownership in March 2007, and the new owners have commenced an extensive refurbishment programme over the winter months and continue to “tick away” each year.  The hotel is being lovingly restored back to its former glory, with the original floorboards and architraves being taken back to their original beauty.  We would like our guests to take a step back in time and enjoy the history this lovely old building holds.  We have tried to compliment the hotel with the appropriate antiques and old memorabilia.

Eugene and Sharyn, and the Team at the Omakau Commercial Hotel would welcome the opportunity to provide you with some Good Old Fashioned Hospitality.

For those that wish to have a trip around historic Ophir, we can incorporate this in your drop-off when taking you home from dinner

Accommodation Meals and Bar