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Omarama is a small township (population 231 at 2006 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 in the Waitaki District, in the historic Province of Otago. The Ahuriri River is a short distance to the north of the township. Omarama is primarily a rural service centre, providing local farmers and other residents with necessities and facilities such as grocery shopping, fuel and mechanical services, as well as a post shop. In more recent years these and similar services have expanded moderately, due to the increase in new residents and visitors, including anglers, artists, astronomers, sailplane enthusiasts, skiers and general tourists. A significant proportion of permanent village residents are employees of (or contractors to) Meridian Energy Limited, a state-owned enterprise which is responsible for much of New Zealand's hydroelectricity generation. Omarama is Māori for "Place of Light", a reference to its extraordinarily pure and clear sky.


Planning a vacation to Omarama in New Zealand? This vacation planner will provide you with all the essential information you need. This city is located in the close proximity of a major city Dunedin, New Zealand. Dunedin is bestowed with interesting set of attractions like Larnach Castle And Gardens, Otago Peninsula, Dunedin Railway Station. Also, to reach Omarama, you'll have to take a flight to Dunedin; so its not really a detour. And even if it is, the city is worth paying at least a quick visit. Tour packages of Omarama are of 1 to 2 days duration.

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Facts and Stats for Omarama*

  • Living in Omarama - Quality of Life

    • Property Price to Income Ratio 7.13 (Low)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

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