Omarama Clay Cliffs


The Omarama Clay Cliffs, also known as the Ahuriri River Clay Cliffs and the Clay Cliffs Paritea are a group of cliffs in southern New Zealand.[1] They are located close to the north bank of the Ahuriri River, some 10 km to the west of the township of Omarama.

The cliffs serve as a tourist attraction in the area and they are privately owned.[2] There is a fee to park.



The cliffs are made up of layers of silt and gravel that were formed during glacial erosion[3] around two million years ago, and are part of the Hawkdun Group of sediments. The cliffs were uplifted by the nearby Ostler Fault.[4]


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  2. "Omarama Clay Cliffs | Waitaki, New Zealand". Retrieved 1 April 2019.
  3. "Clay Cliffs Paritea | Omarama, New Zealand Attractions". Retrieved 1 April 2019.
  4. Geocaching. "Geocaching - The Official Global GPS Cache Hunt Site". Retrieved 1 April 2019.