Trail Places


  • Drybread Cemetery

    Drybread Cemetery

    Drybread Cemetery is all that remains of the gold mining settlement th...Read More

  • Matakanui


    Matakanui sits at the foot of the Dunstan Mountains.  Once a bustling ...Read More

  • Omakau Golf Course

    Omakau Golf Course

    Omakau is a 9 hole course which is set in quiet country surroundings w...Read More

  • Thomsons Track

    Thomsons Track

    Take the Thomsons Track from Omakau to Bendigo Historic Reserve.  The ...Read More

  • Millfield Cottage (self-contained)

    Millfield Cottage (self-contained)

    A self-contained 3-bedroom cottage on a 7 acre farmlet on the outskirt...Read More

  • Muddy Creek Cafe

    Muddy Creek Cafe

    Take a break from the Rail Trail at this friendly country cafe. Wholes...Read More

  • Nicky's Place

    Nicky's Place

    Nicky's Place, a family business, provides the ideal place to stay whe...Read More

  • Omakau Bedpost (self contained)

    Omakau Bedpost (self contained)

    Come stay in the converted Omakau Post Office and Postmasters House – ...Read More

  • Omakau Commercial Hotel

    Omakau Commercial Hotel

    PROUD WINNER OF THE BEST COUNTRY HOTEL IN NZ 2016 Built in 1898, as Om...Read More

  • The Station Omakau

    The Station Omakau

    The Station offers a great location right beside the trail in Omakau, ...Read More

  • Tiger Hill Lodge

    Tiger Hill Lodge

    Tiger Hill Lodge is self-contained accommodation providing four luxuri...Read More

  • Omakau Commercial Hotel

    Omakau Commercial Hotel

    Built in 1898, as Omakau's original homestead, the Omakau Commercial o...Read More

If you have just conquered the sweeping S-bends up Tiger Hill, you can look forward to a well-earned rest at this small country township in the Manuherikia Valley.

 Look out for homemade pies at the café, or something more cooling at the old country hotel – (the old stables out the back are the site of iconic Speights beer television advertisements.) The old railway goods shed still stands as a shelter beside the trail, while the cemetery across the track is a restful place to soak up a sense of history.

You are in the middle of historic goldfields country here and Omakau is the perfect place to base yourself. Make sure you cycle the two kms out to the picturesque old gold mining township of Ophir. If you have time to fit in an extra day, get on your bike and explore the area; take in the quiet country scenery, old stone or mud brick buildings, the old store at Matakanui and the cemetery at Drybread. Car transport would make it easier to visit Cambrians, with its old school and Common Forest rest area, as well as the nearby historic township of St. Bathans, famous for its Blue Lake and the haunted Vulcan Hotel.