Ophir Post Office building made of unworked schist slabs with a touch of square pointing on the formal façade, concrete pillars and arched arcade

Opening Hours

Monday – Friday
9.00am - 12.00pm

Closed Public Holidays (except Waitangi Day)

parking parking no-smoking shops




53 Swindon Street
Otago 9393

+64 3 447 3738


Interior of Ophir Post Office showing timber pigeon holes

Cute as a button – it’s a recurrent phrase in descriptions of the Ophir Post Office, one of Central Otago’s most photographed heritage buildings. Visit postmistress Val Butcher and you’ll find the Ophir Post Office is the heart of the village, its original 19th Century set of pigeonholes still the go-to place to leave messages and items, even surplus fruit and vege, hollyhocks and eggs. Buy a postcard and handfrank it – from Ophir N.Z., with love.

Discover Ophir Post Office
Historic black and white photo showing Mrs J Shepherd of Alexandra posts envelope through mail slots at Ophir Post Office in 1961

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Photo: Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga

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Photo: Tim Hawkins / Otago Central Rail Trail Trust

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