Located just metres from the Otago Central Rail Trail, the Omakau Commercial Hotel was built in 1898 by William Leask as Omakau’s first homestead then accommodation house for weary travellers.
It is now an ideal stop for the new type of traveller that passes through Omakau –Rail Trailers, Curling and Fishing Enthusiasts, and visitors to the Central Otago area who can explore the area using the hotel as their base.
Located at the back of the Hotel, are the original schist stables which were built around 1880 to house Mr Leask’s horses when he farmed the land the hotel now stands on. You may have already seen them without knowing – this is where Speight’s filmed their “Good On Ya Mate” adverts – the most memorable being “The Two Tickets to the Ball. Now called McKinnons, this lovely building is available for functions, and is open during the day for you to come and enjoy some of Central’s original history.
This lovely schist and stone building is one of the originals in Omakau. It is located directly behind the hotel, and bikes are securely stored in one of the stalls which used to house transport of a different kind once upon a time! Believed to have been built in the late 1880’s by Mr William Leask (who built the hotel as his homestead in 1898), this was originally built to house his work horses, and the other half of the building was his shearing shed. William built the stables on his 200 odd acres he was farming at the time, but lived across the river at Blacks and couldn’t get his horses back home when the river flooded – hence, to our good fortune, the construction of the stables.
Steeped in history, McKinnons was named as a result of the Speights advertisements that were filmed there – you may have already seen it without knowing. The most popular one was the “Good On Ya Mate” – Two Tickets to the Ball. McKinnons is full of memorabilia from the era of yesteryear and is open every day for viewing – don’t forget to bring your camera! It is a great photo opportunity both inside (behind the bar of course!) and out.
McKinnons is also the perfect and unique location for those special functions and intimate weddings. Private and secluded, the atmosphere and ambience is something quite special and certainly makes it a night to be remembered. Our chefs compliment the evening with their menu choices. If you would like to enquire about a function or a conference in McKinnons, please don’t hesitate to contact us
RiverRidge Weddings are held at RiverRidge Retreat in Nature’s Paradise.
The RiverRidge Retreat is regarded as New Zealand’s premier ‘destination’ wedding venue. The retreat is the Southern most retreat in the world, located in an idyllic setting in the heart of the Catlins.
Nestled beside the Catlins River and beneath gorgeous native bush ridges, the Retreat is positioned on 15 acres of beautifully groomed grounds with its majestic outlook and peaceful surrounds, it is simply a slice of paradise.
This major drawcard brings couples from all over the world, to RiverRidge Retreat for their special day. It is a very popular ‘destination’ wedding venue for overseas couples, NZ couples, both in the North and South Island of New Zealand.
The Wingatui Function Centre is much more than just a racecourse. Its grandstand buildings offer a fantastic variety of options for people looking for a venue for their wedding, engagement or anniversary party.
We are an all in one wedding venue with various indoor and outdoor options for your ceremony and reception. With the idyllic setting overlooking the racecourse, we have a fabulous in-house caterer who is happy to work with you to create the perfect menu to compliment your day.
With an in-house Wedding and Events Coordinator, we are able to help with as much or little as you would like. It is incredibly important to us that you have an enjoyable and relaxing day so we are able too offer you assistance with whatever you need.
Wingatui Racecourse is located on Gladstone Road, a few kilometres from Mosgiel. It is just a short ten-minute drive from Dunedin via SH1 or you can take the romantic winding route over Three Mile Hill and down Puddle Alley for a more scenic alternative. There is plenty of parking for guests.