Merino Country Café & Gifts
7 Chain Hills Highway,
Omarama, New Zealand
Our café is open 7 days from 8.30am to 5pm in the summer (4pm in the winter)
There is so much to do in Omarama and the surrounding area!
The South Island of New Zealand, with Omarama approximately in the centre, produces some of the world's best wave flying as well as astonishing ridge, thermal and convergence soaring amidst the spectacular and dramatic mountains of the Southern Alps.
Omarama lies on the outer South Western boundaries of Canterbury and Mackenzie high country. This stunning location offers a good number of classical waters to explore and fish. The terrain in the lower to mid altitude consists of rolling hills covered with lush golden tussocks that are rich in insect life, and the waters that flow around these locations tend to hold higher trout numbers especially in the mid and lower regions.
Omarama offers a great selection of mountain biking and cycling attractions and activities. Enjoy New Zealand's great outdoors and the superb local scenery on a mountain bike trail around Omarama.
Nestled among mountains and lakes in the heart of the Mackenzie Basin, the Omarama area offers excellent hiking opportunities. Check out the Wairepo Kettleholes and Wether Range tracks.
All in close proximity.
Oteake Conservation Park has several tracks suitable for four-wheel driving that are open between Labour Weekend and 30 April.
The Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail is New Zealand in all its colour and beauty - from our highest mountains, past great lakes and rivers, and down to the ocean. Suitable for all ages, the nine section bike trail is an easy to intermediate grade, linking the Southern Alps to the Pacific Ocean.
The Clay Cliffs are a stark sight - tall pinnacles separated by narrow ravines. These otherworldly formations are made up of layers of gravel and silt, originally formed by the flow from ancient glaciers over a million years ago. The cliffs are on private land. There's a donation box at the gate where you can pay the $5 vehicle admission fee.
Aoraki Mount Cook National Park is home to the highest mountains and the longest glaciers. It is alpine in the purest sense - with skyscraping peaks, glaciers and permanent snow fields, all set under a star-studded sky.
Ohau is a small, off-the-beaten-track town that acts as a gateway to Lake Ohau, numerous walking tracks, the Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail and the Ohau Snow Fields.
Lake Benmore is New Zealand's largest man-made lake and was created in the 1960s by the construction of the Benmore Dam. Lake Benmore covers an area of approximately 75km2 and has a shoreline of 116km. The lake holds 1.5 times more water than Wellington Harbour.
In summer or winter by day or night a hot or cool tub is the perfect way to unwind. Your private tub has been cleaned and re-filled with fresh mountain water just for you. No chemicals are added. The wood fire is lit, so all you have to do is adjust the temperature, sit back and relax in the Omarama landscape under the MacKenzie Sky.