Omarama Clay Cliffs

Omarama Clay Cliffs


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Ranking: 8/10

Great natural context that is different than New Zealand. A risky narrative could happen if you don't have a proper shoes.

Reviewed 6 months ago

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Andrew Hammond


Ranking: 8/10

Was a really nice change of scenery. Bumpy, dusty road is not too bad. Nice track that lets you get in amongst the cliffs and get a really close look. Definitely worth a visit if you are passing.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Ranking: 9/10

Really different from most NZ scenery, quite impressive in its own way and less crowded than other places. You have to pay an entrance fee which I is pretty fair, considering the site is on private land.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Fergus Power

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Stunning site the sheer grandeur of which makes you feel 'very small' as you wind your way through the impressive formations. A photographer's and geologist's dream-come-true ....

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Martin Strauss

Ranking: 3/10

I don't know why there is a fee of $5, because this 7.5 km gravel road is ridiculous and gets worse after paying the fee. The view is nice enough, but you can have a quite good overview from the highway as well.

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Nicole and Timm


Ranking: 10/10

Very interesting rock formations - but see for yourself! Long and bumpy gravel road - absolutely worth it.

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Bobbie Jones

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Awesome hidden gem of New Zealand. A true NZ must do, it really proves New Zealand has it all.

Reviewed about 5 years ago and experienced in October 2016

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Derick Trotter


Ranking: 8/10

$5 to get on the land, is worth it! Very different scenery. It was nice to walk around/in the cliffs.

Reviewed about 5 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Michiel de Weerd

Ranking: 10/10

Totally worth the trip! The cliffs are on private land and the scenery is amazing. So the $5 for the road usage is a good deal for a view and an astounding walk. Be sure to walk all the way to the end of the road.

Reviewed over 5 years ago

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Ranking: 8/10

Great hidden treasure on a long gravel road. Nice activity for $5.

Reviewed over 5 years ago and experienced in November 2016

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Stephen Timbu

United States

Ranking: 8/10

A little off the beaten path, but the clay cliffs were worth a visit. Very interesting formations accessible by a walking track. $5 entry per vehicle.

Reviewed almost 6 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Jared and Evi


Ranking: 10/10

I have never heard of the Clay Cliffs before, but on my way from Mt Cook to Dunedin I stopped there. I did not expect a lot but was mindblown when I saw them. They are totally worth a visit.

Reviewed almost 6 years ago and experienced in January 2016

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Rahel Baufeld


Ranking: 5/10

Spectacular cliffs in the middle of nowhere, very nice landscape and views. But $5 road fee per van for a gravel road and no toilets?? That is not nice.

Reviewed about 6 years ago and experienced in February 2016

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New Zealand

Ranking: 9/10

Feb 2016: $5 per vehicle - access road is gravel with nasty potholes (pay to bring exact change). Walk is relatively easy on the main path. Plenty of animal tracks can be followed to find your own private cathedral of wonder. Fascinating place, worth stopping off it you are passing through. Bring water and sunscreen! No toilet.

Jan 2018: Same price, same potholed road, much worse camper to drive in (much larger and only 2wd). Last time we parked at a small turnaround near the river and had to walk past a locked gate, down a very rough, "4wd only", single-lane dirt road (we thought it would be fun to have a quad bike along here). The road end carpark is now through those gates, the 4wd track now being wider and ok for 2wd - expect to be challenged with a large motorhome, but it's do-able. Carpark is much larger, plenty of turning space and closer to the 'Cathedral'. Still no toilet or shelter...doesn't need it, just go prepared. 2 years ago we had the place almost to ourselves...this time, a dozen other people around.

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Ranking: 9/10

Very annoying unsealed road towards it, but so worth it! Large yellow sand/clay formations that really stand out from the surroundings - special!

Reviewed about 6 years ago

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Alexis Leneveu

Ranking: 8/10

Nice spot, not too many people.

Reviewed about 7 years ago and experienced in December 2014

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James Webster

Ranking: 10/10

Very cool cliffs, $5 entry per car. Great views and good place to scramble up the cliffs.

Reviewed about 7 years ago

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Matthias Thorn


Ranking: 8/10

The gravel road to the cliffs is tricky but it's worth driving there. From the carpark it is an easy walk to the cliffs. Actually there are no walkways between the cliffs. The paths can be very steep.

Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in January 2015

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Mandy Reich


Ranking: 10/10

Beautiful and only $6.

Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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Julian Kuemme


Ranking: 8/10

Very interesting landscape.

Reviewed almost 8 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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Cuz da Maori

New Zealand

Ranking: 8/10

Pales in comparison to similar places around the world on a larger scale, but worth a visit, still very unique, explore as many ravines as you can!

Reviewed over 8 years ago and experienced in December 2012

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Ranking: 10/10

Short walk. very interesting place You will see the signs before heading to Omarama ( to Queenstown) Just follow the signs until you see the gate with honest box $5 per car. It's unsealed road. Park your car when you see sign 4WD only ( I've been there on september 2013 I think 4WD cant drive through as well, there was a very big hole . 15mins walk from car park

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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Ranking: 8/10

Well worth a visit!
Almost nobody there, and surprisingly impressive!
Very... different :)

Reviewed about 9 years ago and experienced in January 2013

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Kaddi & Grego


Ranking: 8/10

Beautiful place although it wasn't written on our map but we just followed the signs.

Reviewed over 11 years ago and experienced in February 2010

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Don & Alice


Ranking: 8/10

Very impressive and not a lot of people.

Reviewed about 12 years ago

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Ranking: 8/10

These cliffs are worth stopping. Not mentioned in many travel guides they offer some spectacular views. Cliffs are on private property and a little fee applies, but it's worth it....

Reviewed over 12 years ago

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United Kingdom

Ranking: 7/10

Awesome rock formations, you can walk all around and inside - worth a stop off to break up a drive to Wanaka/QT.

Reviewed over 12 years ago and experienced in March 2009