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Clay Cliff

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If you have the time...

...It is worth turning off the main road, and driving on the reasonable good condition dirt roads... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Wamberal, Australia
via mobile
Amazing cliff formation with a 5 min walk to get there from the carpark.

We went there on a rainy day and was absolutely worth it. Although its not mandatory to use hike... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Pía G
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“gravel road”(20 reviews)
Henburn Road, Omarama 9412, New Zealand
+64 27 243 8577
Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 5 December 2011

We saw the sign to these cliffs last years but did not have time to visit. This time we did and we were blown away by the experience. The cliffs are huge and stretched out a long way. Despite being 60 and 65 years old...More

6  Thank Geertje37
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 11 January 2012

I did not make it to the Cliffs, so am not commenting on them. We saw the sign on the main road, followed the road, which became an unpaved track, for what must have been several kilometres. then came to a locked gate, which said...More

10  Thank AlbertSolihull
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

...It is worth turning off the main road, and driving on the reasonable good condition dirt roads to view. The clay cliff is on private property, where there is a $5 car honesty jar located on the front gate. Sadly we noticed not too many...More

1  Thank Inthought
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went there on a rainy day and was absolutely worth it. Although its not mandatory to use hike boots, on that particulary weather we were very confortable using water proof clothes and boots.

1  Thank Pía G
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We arrived at sunset but the sun was setting behind the cliffs which was still cool but if i had the option id try and get there for sunrise. The road isn't great but we still made it down in a camper. It's a great...More

1  Thank kaelm91
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Clay Cliffs are a geographically interesting area for hikes near Omarama, New Zealand. Here you find a range of very interesting clusters of pinnacles, which appear to be sprouting out of the ground. There are walking trails through the narrow ravines and along creeks...More

1  Thank BradJill
Reviewed 30 September 2018

It takes some time (10 min.) to get there (unsealed road) and, then, it's a 15 minutes walk... but is well worthed because the formations are amazing as the earth is so soft that rain, wind and warm temperatures managed to make these nice sculptures.

2  Thank paherranz
Reviewed 23 August 2018

On a recent visit to Omarama hubby and I decided to pay a visit to the Clay Cliffs. We had read about them and knew there was a $5.00 entry fee. This can be paid at the Hot Tubs in the township or placed in...More

2  Thank Hottees
Reviewed 21 August 2018

Amazing cliff formations and well worth the 10 minutes off the main road to get to them. Take $5 cash per car and you can drive to a car park within an easy 100m walk to get right up to the cliffs. I made it...More

3  Thank Murray A
Reviewed 19 August 2018

The two Americans that we took there were amazed at the beautiful land structures and we spent the best part of two hours wandering around and taking many photos, a must stop for our next international guests

2  Thank Ken S
Reviewed 14 August 2018

It's only $5 per car, but there's no mention of it until you get to the gate - well off the road, and a long way from a cash machine! The cliffs are very much like The Putangirua Pinnacles (Martinborough) - which are free to...More

3  Thank JnKnz
Reviewed 3 August 2018 via mobile

Took a light trail in the morning. 7 km bumpy gravel road + NZ$ 5/car paid off when u see the cliff. It was beautiful & different than the common NZ scenery.

2  Thank Ganjarno
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Vicky W
5 October 2018|
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Response from GMTK | Reviewed this property |
Yes it is safe if you drive very slowly BUT we dont beleive it is worth the long and bumpy ride. We recomend you enjoy the view ifrom the state highway!
Vicky W
5 October 2018|
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Response from paherranz | Reviewed this property |
As previous reviewers answered, it is a sealed road until the gate and, then, it is an unsealed, gravel road until the Cliffs. Any car has to drive slowly (less than 30 kph) and is suitable for a Motorhome as, at the end... More
23 June 2018|
Response from Jeanna R | Reviewed this property |
I would say allocate an hour. It’s very close to the car park but it’s nice not to rush it. We would have easily spent that long but then we had children who were keen to explore more, so perhaps adults alone wouldn’t stay... More
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?