Clay Cliff, Omarama

Meander through the striking geological formations at Clay Cliff, where sharp pinnacles and ridges shoot up, separated by deep ravines. Learn how the gravel and silt formations were created through erosion caused by melting glaciers. You can drive, hike, or take ATVs to the attraction, but many visitors recommend walking to get the best views. Wear comfortable walking shoes, bring plenty of water, and walk as far in as possible for the best experience. Put Clay Cliff and other Omarama attractions into our Omarama trip builder tool , and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • We had just completed a long day of cycling so had to be persuaded to go out to these but I am so glad that we took the time to see them! They reminded me of a place I visited in Turkey (and without t...  more »
  • If you like a bit of geology this is definitely worth a visit. Stunning cliffs. Towering pinnacles that make you feel thousands of miles from Otago. A 10-15 drive from Omarama, 10 on main roads, then ...  more »
  • Approx 10km out of Omarama are the Clay Cliffs. Well worth the trip there and the walk up to the Cliffs. The entry to the Clay Cliffs is on private land . There is a NZ$5 per car fee which I presume w...  more »
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  • A scenery that is quite special, resulted from some sort of tectonic erosion... Well, only those with PhD can understand this. For me, just simply the result of mother nature and God's wonderful creation of tectonic plate movement. About 30min drive from Omarama. It is well worth paying a visit. It costs $5 per car to get in. The land is privately owned.
  • Schedule 2 hours for 10 minutes of siteseeing. The cliffs themselves are neat to see especially since they are a little different from most sights in NZ. However, the rough and long road makes them difficult to appreciate. It's a 10k drive, half of which is a poorly maintained gravel road. I don't mind the $5, but my shocks are probably be shot. A little signage would go a long way to making this a more enjoyable attraction.
  • An amazing spot. You must pay a small fee to get in. The spot where you put your money was just about spilling over. Honest people and a popular spot. Whilst the walk is about 200-250 metres it is across an uneven surface. Bring decent walking shoes. There are some slopes prior to getting to the cliffs. Once there, you will agree that they are nothing but majestic. Whilst I didn't walk right into the area some people have obviously done so in the past. I wouldn't encourage going up to high fur two reasons. Safety is a concern as these cliffs are quite crumbly. I would also hate to see toys wonder eroded by the visitors. Safe travels
  • Very surreal. Some more geological info on site would be great.
  • If you like this sort of thing then its great but long drive on unsealed roads to get to

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