Omarama is the intersection between Queenstown and Wanaka to the South, Twizel and Aoraki Mt Cook to the North and the Waitaki to the East, Omarama is a perfect base for exploring the area.


Known as the place of light, Omarama sits of the edge of the International Dark Sky reserve, where the Milky Way seems to be in high definition when the sun goes down. Rest and rejuvenate by soaking in the fresh mountain-water filled Hot Tubs and you must take a glider flight which will have you quietly soaring above the surrounding mountains and lakes.


A prominent Geo-Site the Clay Cliffs are a 15-minute drive north of Omarama. The Clay Cliffs are made up of eroded ‘badland’ clay and gravel outcrops that you can wander between. This geo-site was formed as the land uplifted then eroded, leaving the towering pinnacles exposed.


Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail

New Zealand’s longest and most spectacular cycle trail – this is a trail not to be missed. The name says it all; start at Aoraki Mt Cook in the heart of the stunning Southern Alps or the equally beautiful Lake Tekapo Village and wind your way round mountains, deep-blue lakes and canals, then rolling farmland before meeting the Pacific Ocean on the edge of Oamaru Harbour.

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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.

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Glide Omarama

The closest you’ll ever come to soaring like a bird! One of the most stunning experiences you’ll ever have, gliding is like nothing else. Quietly soar over lakes and mountains, with the only sound your experienced pilot sitting behind you pointing out the sights like Aoraki Mt Cook, Lakes Benmore and Aviemore and the beautiful towns you’ll glide above.

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Lake Benmore

Lake Benmore is New Zealand’s largest artificial lake, created by the Benmore Hydro-Dam. It is about 74km² and holds about 1.25 billion cubic meters of water – that’s 1.5 times the water in Wellington Harbour!

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Sailors Cutting

Sailors Cutting is a popular camping and fishing site for local Kiwis. A lovely resting spot on the shore of Lake Benmore, the view across the lake is a treat to behold.

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The Wrinkly Rams

The Wrinkly Rams hosts the only Merino shearing show in New Zealand.  See sheep shearing live in the high country, learn about different sheep breeds and sheep farming-an important part of NZ’s economy. Come explore!  Onsite cafe serves homemade cuisine-the pies are famous, meals are generous and the gift shop is full of NZ made products. We welcome

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