Clay Cliffs

Explore these staggering natural land forms


The Clay Cliffs are a geological wonder; ‘bad land’ sharp pinnacles and ridges separated by steep and narrow ravines.

The Cliffs were created out of layers of silt and gravel deposited by ancient glaciers around 20 million years ago. These layers were compressed, then up-lifted by geological activity in the area, then as the high points began to be eroded pinnacles were left behind.

The cliffs are on private land and there is an honesty box at the gate where you are asked to pay $5 per car. After passing through the gate, drive to the carpark. From here you can walk up to and among the cliffs (10-15 mins from carpark one way). The road and track can get a little rough in winter – and inside the cliffs it is rocky and sometimes slippery underfoot. Closed, sturdy footwear is advised.


Access : 
To get to the Clay Cliffs, turn onto Quailburn Rd off SH8
and then onto unsealed Henburn Rd.

Please note: 
The trail at Clay Cliffs is not suitable for people
with mobility issues as the surface is uneven.

The cliffs are on private land, so please respect the property
and obey all signage. 


Physical address :

Henburn Road
New Zealand