Otematata Lakes Hotel.

How to Find the Otematata Lakes Hotel


The Otematata Lakes Hotel is located on State Highway 83, at Otematata, a small town about 100km inland from Oamaru in North Otago, in the scenic Waitaki Valley, central South Island of New Zealand.

The holiday township has a permanent population of less than 500 residents, which makes it a quiet, peaceful destination. Otematata is nestled on the edge of Lake Aviemore, one of a series of hydro-electric lakes in the area, which make it very popular for water sports and fishing enthusiasts.

Map showing the location of the Otematata Lakes Hotel.

Driving Distances*
Benmore Dam 5 minutes
Aoraki / Mt Cook 1 hour
Queenstown 2 hours
Timaru 1.5 hours
Oamaru 1 hour
Dunedin 2.5 hours

* Times are approximate.


Otematata's climate is dry all year round, with temperatures in the 30's (Celsius) during summer, and dropping to -5 Celsius in winter.

This small township has its own micro-climate, at the base of Totara Peak. It avoids the extreme temperatures experienced in the Mackenzie Basin, and also the cloudy, cooler, wetter weather of more coastal areas.