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Omarama sits on the Southern end of the large plains in the Mackenzie Basin. This is high country merino sheep farming territory where the dry landscape ideal for New Zealand’s most popular breed. The name Omarama means ‘place of light’ referring to the very clear skies witnessed across the region. Known as the gliding capital of New Zealand, Omarama is famous for its exceptional gliding conditions. Experience the thrill of gliding over the stunning landscapes of the Mackenzie Basin with a tandem flight or enroll in a gliding course for a more immersive experience. Explore the unique geological formations known as the Clay Cliffs, located just a short drive from Omarama. These towering pinnacles of sedimentary rock create a striking landscape reminiscent of a miniature Grand Canyon. Wrinkly Rams is a local café with great coffee and fresh homemade food.The surrounding rivers are also known for their fine fishing qualities. Relax and unwind in the natural hot tubs of Omarama. Nestled amidst picturesque surroundings, these hot pools offer a tranquil retreat where you can soak in the therapeutic waters while enjoying views of the surrounding mountains. If you're visiting on a weekend, don't miss the Omarama Community Market, where you can browse local produce, crafts, and artisanal goods while mingling with locals and soaking up the vibrant atmosphere. Cast your line into the pristine waters of the Ahuriri River and enjoy world-class fly fishing. Known for its abundant trout population, the Ahuriri River offers anglers the chance to reel in brown and rainbow trout amidst spectacular alpine scenery.

Clay Cliffs

Clay Cliffs

The Clay Cliffs are natural limestone formations formed by the earth's movement and the abrasive weathering process. With many canyons, ravines, pinnacles and ridges to explore it's a great place to take some short walks. Access is via an unsealed road (just leave $5 in the honesty box) and is well signposted just around 3 ½ kilometres north of Omarama.

Lindis Pass

Lindis Pass

The Lindis Pass is one of New Zealand’s highest roads at 971 metres. Its tussock covered hills look almost carpeted with some even resembling pyramids. The pass is the main road south towards Cromwell and Queenstown and links the Mackenzie Basin with Central Otago.

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