Omarama

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Omarama is a small township (population <300 2001 census) at the junction of State Highways 8 and 83, near the southern end of the Mackenzie Basin, in the South Island of New Zealand. Omarama is part of the Waitaki District, and at the northern edge of the Otago Province. Most of the Waitaki District resides within the North Otago region including Omarama.

It is known as a world-class gliding area, gaining fame among sailplane pilots around the world after hosting the 1995 World Gliding Championships. Omarama is Māori for "Place of Light", a reference to its extraordinarily pure and clear sky, which also makes it of great interest to astronomers.

Omarama is a popular holiday destination as it is adjacent to several lakes and rivers of significant recreational value.

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[edit] Get in

[edit] By car

  • Omarama is on State Highway 8 at State Highway 83.

[edit] By plane

[edit] Get around

[edit] See

  • Clay Cliffs, NZ$5. 15 minute drive through a natural hertiage protected site looking at natural erosion that has occurred due to the Ostler fault.

[edit] Do

  • Gliding. Between September and April.
    • Southern Soaring, 03 438 9600, 0800 762 746, [1]. Flight times range from 20 minutes to an hour or more. NZ$235 - NZ$580. Also offers training courses.
  • Hang Gliding, 0800 02 45433. Take an at least 20 minute flight over Omarama.

[edit] Learn

  • Gavin Wills Mountain Soaring, 64 3 438 9555, [2]. Soaring school with introductory and advanced level courses.

[edit] Buy

[edit] Eat

Kahu Cafe on the airfield, between the camping ground and the hangars. Coffee and meals.

[edit] Drink

Omarama's Best Cafe and Bar - Oasis. Great coffee, yummy food and a warm fire.

[edit] Sleep

  • Heritage Gateway Hotel. 98 rooms.
  • Countrytime Hotel. 50 rooms.
  • Sierra Motels. From NZ$95.
  • Ahuriri Motel, State Highway 83, 64 3 438 9451, 0800 438 945. 14 rooms.
  • Omarama Hotel.

[edit] Get out


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[edit] External links

44°29′S, 169°58′E

[edit] References

This article uses material from Wikitravel, "Omarama"


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