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Clay Cliff

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The best $5 you may ever spend in NZ

If you're heading to Mt Cook from Omerama you need to add an hour to your itinerary to stop off on... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Dave A
Virginia Beach, Virginia
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Gorgeous formations

This place is about 10k outside Omarama. There is a donation box at the gate for your $5 donation... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Kansas City
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“gravel road” (13 reviews)
“per car” (13 reviews)
Omarama, New Zealand
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you're heading to Mt Cook from Omerama you need to add an hour to your itinerary to stop off on the way to visit these stunning cliffs.They are 10k off the main highway ( 5 k on gravel roads) and on private land.The $5...More

1  Thank Dave A
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This place is about 10k outside Omarama. There is a donation box at the gate for your $5 donation to drive across private property to see a rather amazing sight. Wear your sturdy shoes as the 100+ meter walk to the viewing area from the...More

Thank dixiepeach
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I enjoyed this stop over, a quick walk from the car park to get a good photo. $5 entry fee for a car.

Thank alaina33
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

These cliffs are breathtaking and one of a kind. We happened to see the sign on the highway and decided to check it out. Be aware that there is a good stretch of unsealed road, mostly gravel and can be hard on the tyres to...More

1  Thank moonlotus18
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We found out about the clay cliffs in a tourist brochure we got in Twizel. Had not heard about them before but are so glad we picked up that brochure. The clay cliffs were not expected by us in this area full of lakes, snow...More

1  Thank Scott L
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

As we approached the Clay Cliffs , driving on almost 7.5 kilometres of untarred road, we wondered whether it was worth the extra effort. Surprisingly, it was! It looks enchanting, the clay pinnacles of so many shapes , and of colours which change in the...More

Thank gypsybloood
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We arrived on a cold and rainy day so noone else was around. The fog hung low between the cliffs, which made the experience feel quite surreal and spooky, but in a good way, if that's possible. We would have loved to clamber up into...More

Thank SouthernYarnie
Reviewed 26 August 2017 via mobile

We stopped by while travelling from Queenstown to Mt Cook. It wasn't a planned stopped and saw the sign and decided to check it out. You would have to open a gate and leave the entry fee in a locked box. But it was quite...More

1  Thank HappyBingo
Reviewed 20 July 2017 via mobile

Slightly off the beaten track, this is quite some experience. It's set on private land, is clearly signposted and can be accessed for $5 per car load payable at the farm gate. The unsealed road takes you to the beginning of a walk of average...More

2  Thank Gavin H
Reviewed 25 May 2017

At 'Clay Cliffs' in Omarama. This location is accessible via unpaved road onto a private property. A camera is installed to monitor the self manned gate and donation box. NZD 5 per car. On our way in, we saw someone bull dozing to make the...More

2  Thank Sun_Lunkya
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8 February 2017|
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Response from Robert G | Reviewed this property |
If you have a 4WD, you can drive up to within 200-400m of the cliffs. It's not really a place for limited mobility as the track is rutted and washed away in places and teh climb into the cliffs is slippery.
3 January 2017|
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Response from REISEGIGI | Reviewed this property |
I agree with Pggwright. It is privately ownded land, and you are allowed to pass it for a small amount of money. Do you ask where the money goes to when you pay the entrance fee for a museum?
31 January 2015|
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Response from hyggenz | Reviewed this property |
Hi, a city car could make the trip, just drive slowly. However, my husband said he would never bring his Holden down that road as it was very dusty and gravel were being flicked onto the rental car we were using the day we... More