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Clay Cliff

Henburn Road, Omarama 9412, New Zealand
+64 27 243 8577
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Stunning cliffs and easily accessible!

We had just completed a long day of cycling so had to be persuaded to go out to these but I am so... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Jeanna R
Worth the drive

If you like a bit of geology this is definitely worth a visit. Stunning cliffs. Towering pinnacles... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Auckland Central, New Zealand
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  • Excellent53%
  • Very good34%
  • Average8%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible3%
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“gravel road” (15 reviews)
“private land” (8 reviews)
Henburn Road, Omarama 9412, New Zealand
+64 27 243 8577
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 the...More

Thank Jeanna R
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 5 on a gravel road. $5 entrance per car...More

Thank DioneLK
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

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 will be for...More

Thank tresag7201
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Well worth the drive in at the end of the day. Paying for a private site does not worry me. Not having at least a porta loo for those aged travelers who might ‘ need to go’ should be addressed Take the gorse out of...More

Thank hop3
Reviewed 6 January 2018

Please note that my rating is not based on the quality of the Clay Cliffs themselves, but on the deceptive signage that lures tourists to the site: The Clay Cliffs sign on the main road has all the markings of an official site sign (white...More

1  Thank Uhuru966
Reviewed 4 January 2018

With hand painted signs and a $5 entry fee per vehicle to drive down a private road, I wasn't really sure what to expect with this (as I didn't research it beforehand). It is certainly worth checking out! The cliffs are very cool to explore...More

1  Thank Roxanne S
Reviewed 15 December 2017

This is a good little outing to see unique clay formations. $5 per car and we enjoyed a stretch break. Best to wear closed toed shoes.

Thank Lvz2go
Reviewed 13 December 2017

The cliffs are spectacular and are only a relatively short drive from Omarama. It is signposted from the main road and is well worth the trip. Part of the route is along a gravel road but that is a fairly straight, is of a reasonable...More

Thank NI_Travellers_12
Reviewed 20 November 2017 via mobile

I get easily excited about lots of different things. Yet this place was a complete waste of time. The clifs are bland and done in 10 seconds. Unsealed road over private land. Cost of 5$ .... 80 cars/ day ... 130’000$/year for a 1km unseald...More

Thank Leo W
Reviewed 15 November 2017

While heading to Omarama on the Alps to Ocean cycle ride my friend decided to bike the extra 6 kms in & out to see the Clay Cliffs as advertised on road. After cycling in he was expected to pay, which he had not planned...More

Thank Sandyvt1954
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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