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Clay Cliff

Henburn Road, Omarama 9412, New Zealand
+64 27 243 8577
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Milking the tourists after miking the cows.

Well worth the drive in at the end of the day. Paying for a private site does not worry me. Not... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
new zealand
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Beware of deceptive signage

Please note that my rating is not based on the quality of the Clay Cliffs themselves, but on the... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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“gravel road” (14 reviews)
“private land” (7 reviews)
Henburn Road, Omarama 9412, New Zealand
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Reviewed 2 days 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 2 weeks ago

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 2 weeks ago

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 14 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 19 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 14 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
Reviewed 7 November 2017 via mobile

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 cathedral like space beyond. More amazing nz geology!!...More

Thank nick w
Reviewed 6 November 2017 via mobile

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 of the way up the track, one of...More

Thank Charmaine T
Reviewed 26 October 2017 via mobile

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 site charges a small admittance fee ($5 per car)which...More

Thank David E
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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