Clay Cliff, Omarama

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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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  • It's well worth the signposted diversion off the main road and a short walk to see the rocky pinnacles which tower above you when you get close. Awesome atmosphere when you go through the gap into the...  more »
  • This place was quite amazing as we had no idea what to expect. I would highly recommend as place to be enthralled and great photographs to be had. Although it bucketed down as we were three quarters o...  more »
  • I had driven past the sign to ClayCliffs before and with a little time on hand decided to explore. The diversion off the Queenstown road near Omarama passes over private farmland and the owner of the ...  more »
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  • Despite the road being bumpy that is whole part and parcel of private land and heading to the Clay Cliffs, hence the reason why it is best to pay $5 (honesty box) so the road can be maintained. The Clay Cliffs are stunning. Who would have thought that we have something like this in NZ. Once you have walked up and in it feels like you are in a different place. It is a must see. We went right up inside the cliffs and were just blown away by how absolutely beautiful it is. It is worth the walk up into these cliffs.
  • I love hoodoos and badlands as much as the next guy. But is this really the best Otago can offer? Either way, it's a really fun spot, I will come back here.
  • Nice Spot and similar to the pineacles at he north island. $5 entrance fee seems alright
  • The road there is quite bumpy so go slow. It's on a private land so the owners charge $5 for using it - honesty box. Definitely worth going on a nice day, in the morning, we went there on a foggy day and it was really moody and nice as well, but a nice day would be better.
  • Amazing cliffs with tracks leading into the belly of them. Respect the land as you will be on private property, however you'll have ample opportunity to take in the magnificence of the landscape. If you're keen, you can make your way down to the stream for some stone skimming or just to take it all in.

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