News and Events


Dr Tim Gardner of the Kurow Medical Centre runs two clinics a week in Omarama, on Tuesdays and Fridays, at the Omarama Community Centre. Please phone Kurow Medical Centre, 03 436 0760, for appointments. On Fridays, to book an appointment in Omarama, phone 0274 347 464 because the Kurow Centre is closed.

Farewell and best wishes for your travels to Jo and Ken Walker who have been managing ASURE Sierra Motels since September, and welcome to Colin and Sue Harvey who take over today, February1.

Environment Canterbury and David and Karen Ellis extend an invitation to all to attend a workshop about using irrigation efficiently to be held at Tara Hills later this month.

The Omarama Community Library is open 7pm to 8pm Tuesdays and 9am to 10am Wednesdays and Saturdays, at the Omarama Community Centre. If you would like to volunteer or make an enquiry phone: Anna Howard 021 132 5586 or Georgie Robertson 027 486 1525

The Omarama Playgroup meets at 9.30am each Wednesday during the primary school term at the Omarama Community Centre. For more information phone Petrina Paton 027 345 6192 or Jess Toole 021 020 53242

Plunket Line: 0800 933 922

Omarama Plunket Committee: Lisa Crawford, phone 021 126 3113 Car Seat Rentals: Christine, phone: 03 435 0557 or 027 208 0362

Breastfeeding Works: Claire Hargest-Slade 03 684 3625, 021 493 863

The Omarama Residents’ Association’s next meeting is at 7.30pm Thursday February 16, at the Omarama Community Centre. Ross Gold, chairman, phone 027 443 4149 Craig Dawson, secretary, phone 027 438 9132.

The Omarama Model Aircraft Club meets 9.30am to 12 noon Wednesdays and Sundays at its fly-ground at the Omarama airfield. All welcome. Phone Graham McLean 03 438 9832.

The Omarama Volunteer Fire Brigade meets 7pm each Wednesday and has its meeting at 7:30pm on the third Wednesday of the month. New members welcome.

Omarama Rural Fire meets at 7pm on the first and third Monday each month at the Omarama Rural Fire Station, Sutherlands Rd. New volunteers are welcome. Phone Lis 027 330 3068. The Omarama Golf Club – Saturdays tee-off 1pm, all welcome. Twilight 9-hole golf Wednesday tee-off 6pm. Club captain Adrian Tuffley, phone 027 347 8276. http://






Other up coming events to watch out for



National Dog trails (1 week)                        End of May 16

Fire Brigade Jubilee                                         4th June 16



















Upcoming Jin Shin Jyutsu self help workshop on Sunday 14th June. To be held in the Omarama Hall. For more information contact Kay Garvan 03  434 8717

Self Help workshop registration form




Skate Park fundraising: -Donation buckets at the Four Square, Mobil,Challenge, GlenCraigs and Oasis Cafe.

Yoga:Countrytime Hotel private lounge. Mondays at 6pm during school term. Tutor is Kate White. Cost is $10 per session. Wear comfy clothing and bring a yoga mat or towel and a blanket. All welcome.

September 2012

Wings Wheels & Water

Saturday 22nd September 2012 (weather day Sunday 23rd September 2012) – featuring aircraft, helicopters, model aircraft, vintage & classic cars, motorbikes, vintage machinery, marine displays, boars/jet skis, water ski displays, food stalls & much, much more. wings_over_water_2012


Events- Past


Hillbilly Hunt Quiz Night – Friday 27th July at 8pm following the Hillbilly Hunt Registration.

Hillbilly Hunt Shooting Competition -Friday 27th til Sunday 29th July.  Teams of 2-4 people, entry fee $40.00, register at the Omarama Hotel 7pm on Friday 27th July. Teams will receive the list of animals to be hunted over the weekend and teams must report back by 3pm on Sunday 29th July for weigh in and judging, prize giving and diner

Ahuriri Community Board meeting –  Meeting 24th April 7.15pm , Lakes Centre, Otematata

Omarama School Grape Harvest Day at  Ladybird Hill Vineyard Saturday 28TH April 2012 8.30AM Start

Come and support Omarama School in a fun day of grape picking.A great chance to get together and meet the new principal and new families to the area.Help raise funds for the school.A fun day for ‘ALL’ ages.  A variety of jobs available on the day. ‘Something for everyone’

Refreshments, morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea and bbq tea  provided.Everyone welcome – many hands make light work. Bring your secateurs and your smile.

Omarama Anzac Parade11am – Service and wreath laying at the Omarama Memorial. There will be a march from the Omarama Memorial Hall to the Omarama Memorial Rock before the service begins. All are welcome to join in the march. Refreshments will be served at the Omarama Fire Station following the service.

WAJAX Competition 16/17 March 2012

Omarama is proud to be hosting the 41th annual Wajax Rural Firefighting competitions. About 25 teams from Otago and Southland will race against clock in 4 different timed events involving rural Firefighting equipment.

The event starts at 8.30 am Sat 17th March at the Countrytime Hotel.

The Omarama School will be providing food throughout the day and there will be tickets for sale at $35 a head for a meal afterwards at the Countrytime followed by prize giving.

Free Flight World Cups Series in Omarama 16-25 March 2012.

Come to a place where the reds and golds of autumn contrast with snow capped peaks and deep blue alpine lakes; where miles of canals link natural and man-made lakes in an integrated hydroelectric power generation network producing over 36% of New Zealand’s electricity; where tussock plains stretch into the distance; and where gliders ride massive thermals to record breaking heights.

Yes, once again the New Zealand free flight fraternity is pleased to announce that it will again be hosting a two contest Free Flight World Cup series in New Zealand in March 2012, at the Killermont Vegas flying site near Omarama, in the central south island of New Zealand, venue for many previous FF World Cup events since 1994, and also renowned for full size gliding, including hosting the 1995 World Gliding Championships.Find out More

Maadi Cup

Sunday 25th March to the 1st of April at Lake Ruataniwha. South Island Rowing (SIR) has approved a grande parade of all the teams competing. It will be held on Sunday afternoon before the regatta starts. Over 2000 young rowers should make a spectacular show, so, dig out your supporters flags.


Ahuriri Community Board meeting – Tuesday 13th March, Airport Terminal, Omarama 71.5pm Public Forum 7.15pm

Secondary School Regatta

Saturday and Sunday 10th – 11th March 2012 to be held in Lake Ruataniwha. Great complex with a food shop with great hosts.

The Bitche’s Box & Mel Parsons -Saturday 25th February at Buscot Station. An unmissable night of Music, Theatre & Comedy in a woolshed. Read all about it-  Bitches Box or for more information

Bicuits Barkup -Omarama Hotel  Friday 16th December. Calling all shepherds to round up your best huntaway and head into town to the Omarama Hotel at 7pm. Live Music,  a night of competition and prizes. A Fundraising  Auction for the Omarama Rodeo.

Omarama Rodeo – Wednesday 28th December. Bareback, Saddle Bronc, Steer Wrestling, Calf Roping, Bull Riding, Barrel Racing and Team Roping and more. Admission $20 Adults, 12-16 years $5 and under 12 free. Public Bar operating but no BYO. Intoxicated people will not be tolerated and will be removed from the grounds. This is a Family Event.

Omarama Merino Countrytime Hoedown- Fri 18th Nov – Sun 20th Nov- 25th Anniversary. Fun country music weekend with Ferg Mitchell and friends, plus many top NZ artists. Busking in the main centre of Omarama Friday afternoon and Saturday morning, Friday night jam session, Saturday blackboard artists 1pm- 7.30pm, Saturday night 7.30pm ti late “Country Showcase”, Sunday 11am – 6pm.  All being held at the Countrytime Hotel, Omarama.

Raising the Flag over Omarama: what an awesome day on top of Lady Bird Hill with heaps of locals, young and old turning up to enjoy the stunning view, brilliant sunshine and an amazing gliding display by Gavin Wills. Huge thanks to Rodger and Donna from Lady Bird Hill winery for hosting the town and Raising the Flag for the All Blacks.