Welcome to Merino Country Café and Gifts, Omarama

Welcome to Merino Country Café and Gifts, which has been operating in Omarama with great success for over 20 years. We are conveniently located in the centre of town, opposite the Challenge petrol station. If you’re travelling between Christchurch and Queenstown, Omarama is the ideal location to stop and take a break. Our café and gift shop offers delicious homemade food and the best coffee and tea to be found, as well as an extensive range of gifts where you can browse to your heart’s content.

Omarama is an historic township surrounded by an outdoor paradise. It’s a great holiday destination whether you simply want to relax in town or you’d prefer to get out and enjoy the countryside. With nearby mountains, pristine lakes and streams, there is always plenty to see and do. We are only one hour’s drive from Aoraki Mt Cook and half an hour’s drive to Lake Benmore. Take in some sightseeing and enjoy the local fishing, tramping and bird-watching. Only 1km away is the airfield where gliding and sightseeing trips are popular.

The Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail passes in front of our shop in Omarama and we welcome you to stop off for lunch, coffee or a browse of our gift selection.

cafe and gifts

Café and Gift Shop

Merino Country Café and Gifts is conveniently located in the town centre near hotels and motels, a garage, hot pools and shops.

Our café is open from 8.30 am to 5 pm in the summer and from 8.30am to 4pm in the winter.

places to eat in Omarama


Located on 7 Chain Hills Highway, Omarama. We are 100km from Aoraki Mt Cook, 200km from Queenstown, 400km from Christchurch and 300km from Dunedin.

Omarama activities


Gliding with Southern Soaring

Fly-fishing in lakes and mountain streams

Mountain-biking (popular in this region)