The November Issue

We won’t say goodbye...

(I promised 'Rosco', folks, and I always keep my word – ‘Casso’ you’re front page again! Only this time, it's a surprise.) This month marks somewhat of an end of an era for Omarama. The time has come to say farewell to a few notable folk who have each in their own way made a significant contribution to this town. In no particular order,.. . .
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The Pink Glider Café

It may be on the edge of the airfield but an arrivals/departure coffee lounge it most certainly is not. Instead, there’s a warm welcome at the Pink Glider Café to true high-country hospitality, an invitation to linger over coffee, to take that long lunch with friends, or to wine and dine with family while the sun sets into a summertime sky. The living here is easy.
Tanya and Dannie McAughtrie took over the airfield café earlier this year and have worked to renovate inside and out ahead of this new season. Now known as The Pink Glider Café, the modern fit-out features both cosy quiet corners and generous dining tables for that special gathering. There is seating for up to 100 inside and out but it has retained an intimate feel. The clean lines and fresh, uncluttered look are deliberate as Tanya wanted nothing to distract from the expansive views across the long lawns to the airfield and mountains beyond.
A new bar and servery opens out onto a sunny deck, and to tables across those lawns under shady trees. And she’s brought her No.8 wire creativity to the place, re-purposing some materials from the old café, including creating that outdoor feature wall - the dazzling pink ‘glider’ riding the waves of its corrugated iron ‘sky’. Tanya’s is renowned as an expert in the farm kitchen, just ask the shearers and musterers who work at Willowburn, and she’s bringing those skills to the café, creating food as it used to be - cream cakes, pikelets, scones – simple and basic, and that celebrated high-country hospitality. There’ll never be a need for anyone to rush here, for a flight or anything else, Tanya says.
Instead, it’s the perfect spot to switch off the world and reconnect the old-fashioned way, with conversation over great food, whether it be over a coffee and good home baking or a cold one and a meal at the end of a working day. Whatever, it will be a place to reconnect with friends, take time with family, enjoy each other’s company and walk home afterwards under those stars.

The Pink Glider Café
Airport Road, Omarama 9412
Phone Tanya McAughtrie: 027 673 1381
Open early until late