• Glider flying
  • Clay Cliffs
  • Lake Ohau Forest


  • By car: 2 hours from Queenstown
  • By car: 1 hour from Mt Cook

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Nestled in a broad basin between mountain ranges, Omarama is well known to glider pilots. Come here to soar in the skies and fish in the fast rivers.

Omarama, Waitaki


Alps 2 Ocean Trail, Waitaki

By PureTrails NZ

Omarama Hot Pools, Waitaki

By Stefan Haworth

Gliding above Omarama, Waitaki

By Glide Omarama

Glider pilots love the air above Omarama, a small township near the southern end of the Mackenzie Basin. World and national gliding records are regularly broken here, as pilots make the most of the clear, empty skies and accommodating updrafts. Nearby attractions include the Hot Tubs Omarama, Clay Cliffs, Lake Ohau Forest, Benmore Power Station and Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park, which is about an hour's drive away.

Omarama activities include gliding with experienced local pilots, golf, horse riding and fly fishing. You'll know you've arrived when you see the large merino sheep statue. The town also lies on the route for the Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail.

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