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Omakau Commercial Hotel for sale in Central Otago, NZ

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Property Information

Omakau Commercial Hotel, Winner of the 2016 Best Country Hotel, is perfectly positioned in Central Otago, for all the stunning seasons - Grab this fabulous opportunity now!

Every now and again, we are lucky to be able to present a listing to you that not only ticks all the boxes, but also has olde worlde heart and charm woven into every inch, from the garden to the restaurant! Omakau Commercial Hotel is an integral part of the local community, and a key location on the Central Otago Rail Trail, and we feel very privileged to present this property to you. Whatever the season, this property brings delight to all her guests, whether it’s for lunch, dinner, or a wedding in the stunning garden. If you’re looking for a listing with some Mary Poppins magic, get in touch today, you’ll not be disappointed!


Omakau Commercial Hotel: in Central Otago, is for sale for the first time in 15 years! The current vendors have carefully restored this beautiful historic New Zealand hotel, and turned it into a stunning town favourite with guests and locals alike (#1 on TripAdvisor!). This historic hotel was built back in 1898, and the vendors have lovingly restored her back to her former glory. At the back of the hotel are the original Central Otago Schist stables, which were built in 1880, known locally as ‘McKinnons’, they have been converted into a stunning venue, perfect for functions and events, such as weddings.

Location: The Omakau Commercial Hotel is located on the Corner of Harvey Street and the Main Road (SH 85) in the heart of Omakau. A key location just 150 metres from the Otago Central Rail Trail.

Cycling distance on the Rail Trail:

From Clyde 35 kms; from Alexandra 27 kms; from Chatto Creek 10 kms; from Lauder 9 kms; from Oturehua 32kms; from Wedderburn 44 kms; and from Ranfurly 57kms.

Approximate driving time from key locations:

  • Queenstown – 1 hour 20 mins
  • Wanaka – 1 hour
  • Dunedin – 2 hours

The Restaurant & Bar offers great food, service & hospitality and is popular with the cyclists on the Rail Trail, curling and fishing enthusiasts and visitors. The chefs pride themselves on their flavour and presentation, open 364 days per year for Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner providing guests with great cuisine and good old-fashioned hospitality. The bar is popular with locals and guests, offering a great selection of Central Otago wines, pool table, TAB and gaming.

The Stables - McKinnons:  Offering a unique and private location, with beautiful gardens, and Central Otago as your backdrop, the original schist stables are the perfect location for functions and weddings.

Prime South Island Film & TVC Location: The Stables are also a popular location for both the NZ Film and TV industries, and featured in 2 of the Speight’s “Good On Ya Mate” nationwide TV campaigns.

Accommodation: offering a variety of room types, ranging from ensuite rooms, shared facility rooms, through to a bunk room, there is something to suit every guest:

  • Hotel: 4 x Bedroom+ensuite; 6 x Bedrooms, shared facilities
  • Cabin: 1x Two-Bedroom cabin with a small lounge, kitchenette and private ensuite
  • Bunkroom: 1 x Bunkroom, which has a dedicated private ensuite in the caravan park
  • Caravans/Camper sites: there are 3 powered sites, located at the rear of the hotel, and these have dedicated ensuites available.

Staff Accommodation: There are 3 caravans used for staff accommodation, and/or contractor overflow, which have their own private bathrooms, in a separate block from guests.

Managers Accommodation: this ​is an apartment located upstairs within the hotel, and consists of a large bedroom plus ensuite, and built in wardrobe, small lounge, and small storage area. Currently occupied by the Bar Manager.

Owners Accommodation: Fabulous three-bedroom home, master bedroom with ensuite. Spectacular Central Otago views from the large deck. Privacy ensured, as it is located away from the business, but still on site.


Brokers Comments:  

This is an exceptional business and property situated in a great part of Central Otago which is enjoying year on year growth from the multi income streams from Accommodation, Food, Bar, Function Venue hire, Gaming and TAB. The separate owners 87m2 home situated on the large 10,170m2 property ensures privacy from the business operation and surplus land allows for additional accommodation business opportunities to be explored.

There are strong relationships in place with the Rail Trail Operators, Contracting and Trucking firms plus there are solid forward bookings already in place for the upcoming season. Please refer to the Documents tab for further information including the detailed Seismic Report which gave the building a rating of 85%.

This is the perfect opportunity for hospitality professionals that enjoy the great outdoors to make Central Otago their new home and playground, and build upon the success that this business holds. It simply doesn’t get any better than this, lifestyle, location and multiple income streams! Call me now!

For more information or confidential enquiry: please contact Peter Gale, your specialist tourism broker on Mobile 021608107 or outside of New Zealand on +6421608107, or by email at 



Omakau offers a relaxed rural setting, interesting historic buildings and a friendly atmosphere against a backdrop of the beautiful Dunstan Mountains.

Situated 23km northeast of Alexandra, this farming town flourished when the railway opened in about 1905. Magnificent stone stables still stand alongside the local hotel originally built in 1898 as a farmhouse. Preserved, almost stately, town buildings remain and to the north on the hill is the grand Omakau Catholic Church.

Services include a petrol station, general store and post office. Challenge yourself at the 9-hole golf course while the children enjoy the playground in the domain.

Live races and off-track entertainment at the Omakau Racecourse up Racecourse Road, approximately 4km out of town, draws large crowds during the Christmas and New Year period.

The Central Otago A & P Show is hosted in February at the Omakau Show Grounds, attracting trade exhibits and stalls from throughout the South Island.

No matter where you’re heading, Omakau’s rural and mountainous scenery and its central location provides an interesting, family-friendly stop.

Source: Tourism Central Otago, NZ.

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  • Seismic Report - 1.1 MB

  • Chattels List (Provisional) - 440.7 KB

  • Staff Details (Provisional - subject to change) - 368.8 KB

  • Staff and Owners Accommodation Photos - 398.1 KB

  • Room Configuration & Pricing - 308.5 KB

  • Rating-Info-CODC-Omakau-Commercial.pdf - 90.3 KB

  • Ditrict-Plan-MAP24-Omakau.pdf - 100.3 KB

  • Title (not guaranteed current) - 288.1 KB

  • Accounts-2018.pdf - 893.4 KB

Tripadvisor Rating: #1 Hotel in Omakau   |   Avg ★ rating: 4.5 stars


What Omakau Commerical Hotel guests are experiencing:

Fantastic pub meal   ★★★★★  

After a fairly hard day biking the Rail Trail on a beastly hot day we were booked in to dinner at the Omakau Commercial Hotel as part of our trip arrangements. Our expectations were that it would be standard pub fair, not so, the service, meal quality and meal size were all outstanding.
My chicken pasta dish was beautiful and such a large serve that I could not finish it all. My lovely bride had a lamb shank and rated it as great, and my Sister-in-law was very pleasantly surprised by the quality of the vegetable lasagna and salad. Dining room was nicely presented and not noisy or affected by bar noises. The young German wait-person was knowledgeable about the meals, interested, and very efficient. She was a lovely lass and helped make it a really nice evening out. Not a wide menu range but good solid choices across meat, poultry, fish, that suited us well. Good meal for about $30 including drink. If in this town, this is a good choice, and only 2 minutes walk from Mandy’s Accommodation , Studio Units and Cottage where we stayed - another winner by the way.

Best meal in New Zealand   ★★★★★ 

Didn't stay here but had dinner whilst riding the rail trail. Had Lamb Shanks and it was the best meal I had on this trip to New Zealand. Friendly staff, country pub atmosphere. Definitely put it on your list!

Lunch with group of friends   ★★★★★ 

A group of us arrived. We were not booked in but made very welcome. We were offered the special of 2 courses. Excellent food and service. Nothing was a problem to mine hosts. Recommend to anyone. Lovely old hotel. 

Wonderful meals in a homely environment   ★★★★★ 

The meals offered in this wonderful old hotel are amongst the best you will find anywhere. The service is friendly, efficient, and welcoming. Our group all chose different items from the menu, and no one was disappointed or would have changed their choice. All in all, a warm and welcoming venue offering great food at very reasonable cost.

Awesome!  ★★★★★ 

What a great dinner! We were offered the $20 two course menu for dinner. There was a choice of 3 entree courses, 6 main courses and 3 deserts. We all had different food, from Seafood Chowders, to Rib eye steaks, to Lamb shanks, Chicken burgers, Apple pie, sticky date pudding and chocolate sundae. Everything was exceptional. The food was cooked to perfection and very tasty. The service was quick. I just wish we were staying in Omakau another night so could experience the restaurant again!

Fantastic place!  ★★★★★ 

We stayed on the 25th July, after a hard day on the trail. Fantastic place, our cabin out the back is fantastic and warm! Food was amazing the steak cooked perfectly! Hosts were great and just want to thankyou so much! We were running a little behind time and recieved a phone call to check we were okay which was lovely! Cheers.

Source: Tripadvisor, NZ.


Further Information: Tripadvisor, Best Country Pub, 2016 Award for Excellence.