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. Also known worldwide for its rising thermals the area has hosted the world gliding championships and if you are inclined a flight in a glider is possible. Just to the west is the clay cliffs, exposed pinnacles have been weathered into incredible formations. Wrinkly Rams in the town has a great presentation about sheep farming in the region and you can see sheep being sheared or even have a go yourself. The surrounding rivers are also known for their fine fishing qualities.
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 easy (just leave $5 in the honesty box) and is well signposted just around 3 ½ kilometres north of Omarama.