About us

Come and experience our local family friendly hospitality.


We are a 4th generation Omakau family with a great grandfather who worked as a ganger on the railway line on the section between Chatto Creek & Wedderburn.

Our family moved to Omakau from Queenstown in 1995 with our infant daughters for a country lifestyle when Colin took up the position of Sole Policeman in Omakau.

In 2006 we started a new business venture renovating an old derelict drapery shop into an Otago Rail Trail accommodation business in Omakau.

After 14 wonderful years, we sold that business and now invite you to enjoy our new accommodation venture, ‘Schist Rock Lodge'. 

The name originates from the beautiful schist rock formations you will see all over the Central Otago landscape and used at our property.



We are delighted to invite you to our new 3-standalone king ensuite studios which were completed in February 2022 by our daughters’ partner Craig along with the help of Colin.

The studios have been  completed with luxury furnishings  and air conditioning.  

A stylish ensuite bathroom with a large shower and  separate bath - the perfect relaxation, after a day on the Rail trail.

Enjoy the north facing deck and take in the breath taking mountain views.

We will ensure your stay with us in beautiful Central Otago will be relaxing and memorable.

Looking forward to seeing you soon.

Mandy & Colin Stevenson


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