The impressive Clay Cliffs

Day 14 – Drive from Oamaru to Mount Cook (via Clay Cliffs)

Clay Cliffs

Clay Cliffs

Lake Aviemore

Lake Aviemore

We left our lovely holiday park (Waitaki Waters) quite early this morning to start our drive in our Spaceship to Mount Cook. We stopped off at the New World in Oamaru for provisions and took the drive across the 83 past Duntroon towards Omarama. We have driven this before but had forgotten what a scenic drive it is. The mountains looked great and the lakes were spectacular – especially with the autumn colours. The trees looked beautiful! We stopped at Lake Aviemore and took a few photos here.

View looking up at Clay Cliffs

View looking up at Clay Cliffs

After a quick stop at Omarama for food at the Oasis cafe we headed for Clay Cliffs next. Despite passing this way a few times before we hadn’t yet been to Clay Cliffs, and only after seeing photos of them on someone’s blog did I think it was a must-see! So we took the road off the highway, and a further left turn onto a gravel road.

Ron and Clay Cliffs

Ron and Clay Cliffs

We then passed through 2 gates and parked up on the left just before the ‘4WD from here sign’ – where the road quickly deteriorated. There was no one else around – just us! We took a short walk uphill towards the cliffs and they were spectacular! They really were an awesome sight! We climbed up and right to the end of the path right inside the cliff area. We took lots of photos here and the light looked brilliant. We loved spending time here and wandered all over exploring.

Mount Cook

Mount Cook

We finally tore ourselves away to leave and were soon back on the road. Next stop was Peter’s lookout alongside our favourite lake in the whole of NZ – Lake Pukaki. The sky was clear blue and so the lake looked amazing – such a gorgeous blue. We took some photos from this lookout point.

This is actually our third time up to Mount Cook – and I blogged about it back in October here and here, and also in December when we were lucky enough to spend time with my parents visited from the UK which I wrote about here.

Ron (our spaceship) heading up to Mount Cook

Ron (our spaceship) heading up to Mount Cook

On arrival we took a walk to the Hooker valley and I will post pics of that on a separate post about Mount Cook, but it was a wonderful end to an awesome day! 🙂

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5 thoughts on “The impressive Clay Cliffs

  1. What a beautiful drive to get to this stunning place!!

  2. The drive was a very scenic one, along a gravel and bumpy track – but really worth it! It is an incredible hidden gem!

  3. Hi Nicola, Glad you got to visit the clay cliffs and enjoyed them so much. Seems you followed the directions to the letter! Regards, Chris G

    • Hi Chris. Yes we really loved our trip here thanks – one of the most memorable off-the-beaten track places we have been to in the whole of NZ. And thanks so much for the directions – they were very helpful! 🙂

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