Omarama meaning ‘place of light’ in Maori, about a 4 hour drive away from Christchurch International Airport and only a few hours away from Queenstown & Dunedin, is a small but charismatic town that will live on in your memories long after your holiday is over.
Whether you’re looking for a relaxing walk in native forest, a more demanding hike into alpine wilderness, or simply a quiet place to sit and enjoy the view, the Aoraki Mount Cook region has it all.
Naturalists the world over come to view the wondrous variety of flowering native plants and the unique insect and bird life in the area. The region also offers a wide range of water sport activities and is a popular venue with sports people from all over the world.
Visit the famous Clay Cliffs, go gliding, play a round of golf, join a game-fishing trip, sample exotic cuisines, or simply enjoy the peace & quiet over a glass of world-class Otago Wine.
Mainstay Hotels in Omarama & Twizel, Aoraki Mount Cook Region
Omarama is situated on the major crossroads in the Mackenzie Basin. From Omarama, Mt Cook itself is just a comfortable drive away. Queenstown and Wanaka can be reached via the Lindis Pass. Dunedin can be reached via the Waitaki Valley. The roads are excellent and very rarely ever closed, even in mid-winter.
The property has 36 superior hotel rooms, 55 standard rooms and 7 two bedroom apartments - 5 with cooking facilities kitchens. Dine in our a la carte restaurant - The Four Seasons.
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The MacKenzie Country Hotel is located in the town of Twizel which is in the very heart of the iconic MacKenzie Basin, surrounded by both man-made and natural lakes and waterways. Twizel is a 30 minutes' drive to Mount Cook Aoraki National Park and 3 hours' drive from Christchurch or 2 hours' drive from Queenstown. Twizel is also in the centre of the Alps to Ocean Cycle Way and in the heart of the Mackenzie Dark Sky reserve. The Mackenzie Basin was a filming location for The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings movies with its rugged natural landscape. The Hotel offers 108 spacious guestrooms, including 80 standard rooms and 28 deluxe rooms, all offer shower over bath ensuites, surrounded by expansive lawns for relaxing in summer and open fires in the winter with views of the Ben Ohau Ranges. Enjoy a meal in the Licensed restaurant and bar, offering hearty meals from either Buffet or a la carte menus accompanied by a selection of New Zealand wines. We are central to Lakes, rivers, skifields and mountain bike trails. Come and relax with us.