Omarama sits on the Southern end of the large plains in the Mackenzie Basin. This is high country merino sheep farming territory where the dry landscape ideal for New Zealand’s most popular breed. The name Omarama means ‘place of light’ referring to the very clear skies witnessed across the region. Also known worldwide for its rising thermals the area has hosted the world gliding championships and if you are inclined a flight in a glider is possible. Just to the west is the clay cliffs, exposed pinnacles have been weathered into incredible formations. Wrinkly Rams in the town has a great presentation about sheep farming in the region and you can see sheep being sheared or even have a go yourself. The surrounding rivers are also known for their fine fishing qualities.
The Clay Cliffs are natural limestone formations formed by the earth's movement and the abrasive weathering process. With many canyons, ravines, pinnacles and ridges to explore it's a great place to take some short walks. Access is via an unsealed road (just leave $5 in the honesty box) and is well signposted just around 3 ½ kilometres north of Omarama.
Get inspired with stories and advice on visiting New Zealand.
Our team of New Zealand specialists can help you create the perfect touring itinerary. Whether you want to explore the South Island on a self drive holiday or the North Island on an escorted coach tour package we can design or recommend the best options. We have a huge range of accommodation ideas to suit everyone and our first hand experience of destinations and activities means that we can give the best, most up to date honest advice.
Discover New Zealand is part of the New Zealand Fine Touring Group of companies. It specialises in self drive, seat in coach and escorted coach touring holidays across New Zealand's North & South Islands. We have hundreds of tour ideas listed to inspire you or give you an indication of what is possible to achieve on your New Zealand adventure. Whether it is a luxury fully escorted coach tour or a self driven off the beaten track adventure, we have something suitable for everyone. Our wide range of tour lengths and tour prices give you options and are tailor made so we can build the itinerary to suit your interests and needs.
Our team of consultants are all 100% Pure New Zealand Certified specialists and are passionate about designing your New Zealand holiday. Our consultation service is free and our quotes are provided with no obligation. Based in the heart of Wanaka you can be assured you will get the best local advice when planning your dream holiday to New Zealand. Contact one of our experienced team today.
Discover New Zealand is also Qualmark Gold Certified. This is Tourism New Zealand's official measure of how our business impacts the environment and our team are proud to have achieved the highest level of quality.