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Omarama - 'Place Of Light'
Nestled in the heart of the MacKenzie Country, Omarama - the name means “Place of Light” in the Maori language - is internationally renowned for its gliding and soaring, where the unique environment created by the Southern Alps, crystal clear air, extraordinary wave systems and feisty thermal activity provides exhilarating flying. Glider flights and hire are available from the local airport if world class gliding conditions and spectacular scenery are on your travel itinerary.
Ohau ski fields, the Clay cliffs and extensive hiking close by
Surrounded by an abundance of lakes (Benmore, Ohau, Ruataniwha and Pukaki), rivers and ski-fields (Ohau & Roundhill), Omarama is a popular holiday destination all year round. The Clay Cliffs with their dramatic sharp pinnacles and deep narrow ravines are a fascinating place to explore, or there are plenty of tramps and walking in the magnificent hills and valleys in the area especially in both the Ahurihi and Ruataniwha Conservation Areas.
Omarama is also known for its fly fishing with extensive opportunities to seek rainbow and brown trout in the local streams, rivers and lakes. Visit the Benmore Power Station with New Zealand's largest solid-earth dam (110m) and largest man made lake, or just sit back and relax in the neighbouring winery or soak in the secluded Omarama Hot Tubs. Whether you are visiting for outdoor adventure or a relaxing holiday, Omarama has much to offer and Richard and Annabelle will only be too happy to discuss the options with you.
There is a range of accommodation for visitors to choose from with a campground, traditional New Zealand farmstay, hotels, motels and backpackers.
Mount Cook National Park a short distance away
Further afield is the greater MacKenzie Country, an area of huge glacial lakes, high plains and magnificent snow-capped mountains. At Aoraki/Mt Cook you can ski the Tasman Glacier, climb a mountain or go for a walk beneath New Zealand's highest peaks.
The township is a perfect stopover on the way south to the resort towns of Wanaka and Queenstown.