The April Issue

There'll be 'a cup o' kindness yet', for old times since

There is the remote possibility after many, many years of anticipation it could all be a cup of cold tea. However, the experts say it is most likely to contain a very fine dram. Not wanting to pour cold water on that 'fine-drop-of-fire-water' theory, the present owner of this wee gem of Omarama history was warned his precious vintage drop could, in fact, be cold tea. For the best part of the past decade, a bottle of White Horse Scotch Blended Whisky from that famous brand established in 1919 on the island of Islay, off the west coast of Scotland, has been in the safe hands of one Lex Perriam, of Omarama. In the six to seven decades prior it had been in the safekeeping of a certain elegant lady proprietress of that venerable establishment, The Omarama Hotel. The story, as Lex tells it, goes something like this. Jack and Frances Woods owned the hotel from 1908 until their son Eion and wife, the elegant Aileen, took over the business, sometime after Eion returned from WW2. The young couple ran the pub until 1972. At some point in the late 1940s or early 1950s Jack returned from overseas with bottle - ‘No. 396402, of The Old Blend Scotch Whisky from The Original Recipe’ and gave it to Aileen for safekeeping because Eion was known to enjoy a wee dram or two on the quiet. >>> continue reading... <<<

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It’s April and autumn and HOL-I-DAAAZE!! What better excuse do you need for that road trip, or for making Omarama your destination of choice. Omarama Top 10 Holiday Park has been welcoming families to its stunning site beside the Omarama Stream for generations. There are just so many things to do or, if you’d prefer it, so many ways to do nothing. The holiday park is family run – with Tony, Amanda and Jessie Chapman at the helm – and they totally get what goes into making that family holiday effortless and fun. On top of all the activities on offer, from the children’s playground right at your doorstep to the great high country outdoors only a stone’s throw away, there’s accommodation to suit all budgets. From spacious camp sites, the new superior studio units, deluxe and standard cabins, to cute, quirky and cosy ‘Hobbit Huts’. Check out all the options here A member of the Top 10 group, the Holiday park will always offer great value for money and beautiful clean facilities, plus Top 10 run promotional deals regularly. As well, those who sign up for a membership card can take advantage of the numerous discounts Top 10 offer, not only in town, but throughout the country. Some news which will be of interest to Park regulars returning next summer...big changes are planned. Over winter several projects will get underway which include building a new reception area and improving the layout of the entrance to allow easier vehicle access to the Park. In the meantime, there’s more relaxing to do. This high-country backyard of ours is always stunning but autumn has to be when it is at its most spectacular. Glowing sunrises and crisp frosty starts, lingering sunsets and starry night skies - let us share with you “our beautiful slice of New Zealand”.

Omarama TOP 10 Holiday Park
Tony, Amanda and Jess Chapman
Free Phone 0800 662 726
Local Phone +64 03 438 9875