Clay Cliffs: A Must See in New Zealand

Clay Cliffs: A Must See in New Zealand

If you’re visiting New Zealand, don’t miss the Clay Cliffs near Omarama!!

New Zealand is a country full of extraordinary landscapes and the Clay Cliffs is definitely not one to forget. Tall pinnacles separated by narrow pathways, these formations are made of tons layers of gravel and silt formed by the flow of ancient glaciers millions of years ago. Only an hour and a half drive from Mount Cook National Park, these cliffs are a small stop along the road to Dunedin. 

There are a few things you should know before visiting the Clay Cliffs, but don’t worry– just be prepared!

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The cliffs are ten kilometres off the main highway and five kilometres of the road is gravel. My friends and I took our campervan on the gravel road and although it was bumpy, it made the treck just fine. The cliffs are privately owned so there is a $5 entry fee at the gate. But it is one of the best $5 you’ll pay in NZ!

Wear proper hiking shoes

I visited the Clay Cliffs in September, weather varies and if you’re caught going to Clay Cliffs the day after it rains– the clay gets super slippery and can easily collapse under your feet. Although the trail is only half a mile, the Nike running shoes I wore got soaked! The residue from the clay also lingered on my shoes and got all over the campervan once we were done. Checkout how to rent a campervan on New Zealand’s South Island here. I reccommend investing in a proper pair of hiking shoes before traveling to New Zealand in general– it’s worth the money!

Keep hiking

Like I said, the trail is only about half a mile but if you’re feeling adventurous you can keep climbing up the pillars and get some amazing photos!

I hope this gives you inspiration and convinces you to take the quick stop and visit the Clay Cliffs! You won’t regret it! If you have anymore questions, feel free to comment below or contact me privately!

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  1. October 21, 2017 / 11:25 am

    New Zealand looks amazing!! I want to go SO BADLY. Have you seen Top Of The Lake? It’s a show on Netflix that is filmed in New Zealand and it made me want to go. Also the Wilder People is filmed there and very good.


    • October 21, 2017 / 1:45 pm

      No I’ve never heard of those shows!!! I’ll have to go check them out!! Thank you for reccomending them!! Xo

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