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Omarama is a small town in the Mackenzie Country of New Zealand's South Island. It is 30 kilometres south of Twizel and 100 kilometres south of Mount Cook. It is a world famous gliding centre where scenic glider flights into the Southern Alps are available - as well as a pilot training school.

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Omarama is on State Highway 8 at State Highway 83.

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See[edit][add listing]

  • The Wrinkly Rams Sheep Shearing Experience A detailed and informative show about New Zealands High Country sheep shearing. Shows last around 45 minutes which includes a 10 minute movie 'Micron Magic'. A must see if travelling through Omarama, don't forget your camera!
  • Clay Cliffs, $5. 15 minute drive through a natural hertiage protected site looking at natural erosion that has occurred due to the Ostler fault.

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  • Gliding. Between September and April.
    • Southern Soaring, 03 438 9600, 0800 762 746, [2]. Flight times range from 20 minutes to an hour or more. $235 - $580. Also offers training courses.
    • Omarama Gliding Club operate from the airfield [3]
    • Canterbury Gliding Club operate from the airfield during January.
  • Hang Gliding, 0800 02 45433. Take an at least 20 minute flight over Omarama.


  • Gavin Wills Mountain Soaring, 64 3 438 9555, [4]. Soaring school with introductory and advanced level courses.

Buy[edit][add listing]

  • The Wrinkly Rams Gift Shop-includes clothing made from 'Ultra-fine' Merino Wool, delicious New Zealand Honey and much more.

Eat[edit][add listing]

  • The Wrinkly Rams Cafe
  • Kahu Cafe on the airfield, between the camping ground and the hangars. Coffee and meals.

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  • Ladybird Hill, 2 Pinot Court (2 minute walk north of the town centre), 4389550, [1]. Vineyard restaurant with extensive grounds, kids playground, fish feeding and a walking trail leading to a lookout giving the best views of Omarama and the surrounding area. spectacular.  edit

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Heritage Gateway Hotel. 98 rooms.
  • Countrytime Hotel. 50 rooms.
  • Sierra Motels. From $95.
  • Ahuriri Motel, State Highway 83, 64 3 438 9451, 0800 438 945. 14 rooms.
  • Omarama Hotel.

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