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Omarama is a small town in the Mackenzie Country of New Zealand's South Island that has more gliders parked in hangars than families tucked up safe at home. That's because it's one of the best places on the planet for setting sailplane records.

Its world famous gliding centre, where scenic glider flights into the Southern Alps are available, as well as a pilot training school, is 30 km south of Twizel and 100 km south of Mount Cook.

Get in


By car


By (powered) plane


By bus


Intercity (Newmans Coach Lines) have one coach per day from Christchurch and one from Queenstown.

Get around

Map of Omarama


  • 1 The Wrinkly Rams, 24-30 Omarama Ave (Twizel-Omarama Rd), +64 3 438-9751. Daily, times vary (phone to check). An informative show about New Zealand's high country sheep shearing, with a live sheep shorn on stage. Shows last 30–45 min, which includes a 10-min movie 'Micron Magic'. Also a demonstration of an eye dog, a sheepdog herding sheep by its stare. A must-see in Omarama. Don't forget your camera. Has a cafe, winebar, and a gift shop whose stock includes clothing made from ultra-fine merino wool and delicious honey. Adult $25, child 5–15 $12.50, family of four $60.
  • Clay Cliffs, $5 per vehicle. 15-min drive through a natural heritage protected site looking at natural erosion that has occurred due to the Ostler fault.



Gliding between September and April:

  • 1 Glide Omarama, 30 Airport Road, Omarama, +64 3 438-9555, toll-free: 0508 4543464 (GLIDING ), . Flight times range from 20min to several hours. Also offer training courses. $350+.
  • Omarama Gliding Club. Operate from the airfield.
  • Canterbury Gliding Club operate from the airfield during January.
  • Hang Gliding, 0800 02 45433. Take an at least 20 minute flight over Omarama.






  • Kahu Café on the airfield, between the camping ground and the hangars. Coffee and meals.
  • 1 Ladybird Hill, 1 Pinot Noir Court (2 minute walk from the town centre), +64 3 438-9550. Th-Su 10am to late. 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. Advance booking required.
  • The Wrinkly Rams Café. Omarama's best food and coffee. More info in the "See" section above.





Go next

Routes through Omarama
Cromwell  SW  N  Lake Tekapo
End  W  E  → Junction Oamaru

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