Attractions & Activities Omarama, State Highway 8, NZ

High action activities within an hour's travel! Omarama is a small township at the junction of State Highways 8 and 83, near the southern end of the Mackenzie Basin, in the South Island of New Zealand. We are only 3 minutes walk from the local shops, cafes and restaurants. The Wrinkly Rams Cafe and sheep shearing is our neighbour and Hot Tubs Omarama is a short walk along State Highway 8. Omarama airport and Soaring Centre are a 5 minute walk away.


Fish for rainbow and brown trout in the local streams, rivers and lakes or take a guided fishing trip with experienced local guides.

There are many rivers and lakes in and near Omarama suitable for recreational fishing. The nearby Ahuriri River is a noted fly-fishing river and adjacent Lake Benmore and Lake Ohau are popular with fly casters and other anglers.

Try your hand at dry-fly casting on the Omarama Stream, trolling and nymphing on Lake Benmore or fly fishing on the Ahuriri River. Brown and Rainbow trout are the main fish species caught here, although Salmon are also common.

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Trout Fishing Upper Auriri river

Alps to Ocean Cycleway

Sierra Motels Omarama is an Official Partner of the Alps to Ocean Cycle Trail. We are on Section 4: Lake Ohau to Omarama.

The Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail is truly one of New Zealand's great rides! For over 300 km visitors can experience some of the most beautiful scenery New Zealand has to offer. Suitable for all ages, the trail is an easy grade, and offers a pleasing mix of on and off-road trails which link the Southern Alps to the Pacific Ocean.

The Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail is sure to be a memorable experience. Highlights include: Aoraki/Mt Cook, Elephant Rocks, Snow-capped Mountains, Clay Cliffs, Golden Tussock Landscapes, Maori Rock Art, Pacific Ocean, Blue Penguin Colony, Limestone Cliffs, Boutique Shops, Turquoise Coloured Lake Pukaki, Vineyards, Oamaru's Victorian Precinct, Waitaki Lakes.

Alps 2 Ocean Section 4 PDF

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Cafes and restaurants

The Wrinkly Rams - right next door, Cafe, winebar, open every day from 7am until 4pm. Evening meals from December until May.

Boots and Jandals - Open all year, restaurant or bar meals. good hearty meals at reasonable price.

The Wrinkly Rams

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High action activities

  • Glider flights and glider hire are available at the local airport within walking distance
  • Tramp in our magnificent valleys, hills and mountains
  • Ski at Ohau on groomed fields or virgin snow
  • Light plane trips from the local airport
  • Golfing - there is a 9-hole course nearby
  • Visit some of the excellent wineries of the region
  • Take a trip to the amazing Clay Cliffs reserve
  • Visit the Black Stilt colony and see how this rare wading bird is slowly being brought back from near extinction
  • Inspect a salmon hatchery
  • Take an eco-trip to view river and high-country plants, flowers and birds
  • Visit Mt Cook National Park
  • Take a picnic trip to one of the classic mountain lakes
  • Shop and sightsee at Wanaka or Queenstown
  • Pay a visit to the Oamaru penguin colony

Glide Omarama


Relax and discover Omarama

  • Soak in complete privacy and take in the stunning view at Hot Tubs Omarama
  • Watch sheep shearing next door at The Wrinkly Rams
  • Short walks are available for various levels of fitness
  • Visit a high country sheep station and see the Merino sheep that produce some of the world's finest wool
  • Take a cruise on Lake Benmore
  • 4WD trip into the heart of the Alps (no mountain roads!)

Omarama: So Much to Discover 

Hot Tubs Omarama

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Omarama Clay Cliffs

These natural rock formations are just 10 km west of Omarama. The Clay Cliffs are a stark sight - tall pinnacles separated by narrow ravines.

These otherworldly formations are made up of layers of gravel and silt, originally formed by the flow from ancient glaciers over a million years ago.

The cliffs are on private land. There's a donation box at the gate where you can pay the $5 vehicle admission fee.

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

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