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Clay Cliff

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Badlands in NZ!

Just north of Omarama (en route to Twizel) Clay Cliffs is well-signed (on left, heading north... read more

Reviewed 19 January 2014
Andover, New Hampshire
A photographers dream, a natural wonder

We were warned by people that it was not worth the $5 donation to drive into the carpark but I am... read more

Reviewed 9 January 2014
New Zealand
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“gravel road”(20 reviews)
Henburn Road, Omarama 9412, New Zealand
+64 27 243 8577
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Reviewed 19 January 2014

Just north of Omarama (en route to Twizel) Clay Cliffs is well-signed (on left, heading north). Morning light is best for photos, here. It's somewhat of an adventure driving on increasingly rough roads (for several kilometers) - just take your time in drive around the...More

1  Thank NewHampsterite
Reviewed 9 January 2014

We were warned by people that it was not worth the $5 donation to drive into the carpark but I am glad we ignored this advice! We arrived at the gate and it said to pay at the Hot tubs but I rang the hot...More

Thank SouthernKaz
Reviewed 26 December 2013

Enjoyed visiting the cliffs. The clay is slippery and gets on your clothes easily so if you want to climb make sure you are dressed for it.

Thank thegoldenapple
Reviewed 22 December 2013

A nice stop from Mount Cook to the east Coast. You don't see them from the road, and have to take a gravel road with some fences along the way.

Thank Veronique c
Reviewed 2 November 2013

Even though the road is quite rough at some points, however its definitely worth a visit to see this amazing earthcache! when you walk inside the pinnacles you get this mystical feeling surrounded by these tall earth constructions, especially if no one else is around,...More

Thank lazanka
Reviewed 17 October 2013

Short walk. very interesting place You will see the signs before heading to Omarama ( to Queenstown) Just follow the signs until you see the gate with honest box $5 per car. It's unsealed road. Park your car when you see sign 4WD only (...More

2  Thank Krataihai
Reviewed 1 September 2013

On a visit recently to Omarama I decided to visit the clay cliffs - the access road for the most part is average to good but the last portion would need a purpose built 4wd vehicle with ruts and trenches over 40 cm deep in...More

2  Thank DJ j
Reviewed 8 August 2013

Had read about the clay cliffs while doing a google search of the area. Travelling from wanaka to mt cook we saw the cliffs from the road before we knew what they were. The cliffs were beautiful as we approached and the different colours easily...More

Thank KatanTravel
Reviewed 5 August 2013

Great place to check out. Truly natural wonder of the local area. Usually fantastic weather for a walk to check out the site.

Thank Jenna A
Reviewed 10 July 2013

We drove to the Cliffs on our way to lake Tekapo. We had read that people were unable to get through the gates but we had no problems whatsoever. There are two farm gates which are not locked and require you to simply open and...More

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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