Omarama activites- Download this sheet of activities in the Omarama area: WELCOME TO OMARAMA FREE TO SEE DO
The Wrinkly Rams – Come and enjoy the big screen experience and watch a high country sheep muster where the sheep are brought down from the local mountains for shearing. See how some of the best fine wool in the world finds its way to the fashion houses. See a live sheep shearing demonstration using traditional blade and machine shearing methods.
A working dog will be in action along with the chance to meet the friendly pet sheep for feeding and photography. Shows run throughout the day and are 30 minutes long, or just come along and enjoy the free wool exhibits and art gallery. Visit the cafe for great food, great views, grassy outdoor dining area and a playground for kids to enjoy. The retail shop stocks great woollen products, gifts, jewellery, books, arts & crafts and much more. Shearing show during the day. Bookings essential.
GlideOmarama.com and Southern Soaring operate from Omarama, NZ which is acknowledged as the world’s best mountain soaring site. They are New Zealand’s leading gliding companies specialising in Scenic flights, Flight training and Mountain Soaring Courses.
The Clay Cliffs -An unusual geological formation of spectacular ‘badlands’ eroded pinnacles and gulches.The Clay Cliffs are also an important backdrop to the local high country landscape – a wide braided river valley covered mainly in tussock grassland.The private owners have protected the site under a QEII open space covenant and charge $5 to assist with the cost of providing public access facilities.Car park and walking tracks are available.
Ahuriri Conservation Park–The park offers numerous short walks and easy valley tramps. More experienced parties can travel between valleys over high alpine passes. There are also a number of mountain bike tracks.
Climbing:- Most peaks bordering the Ahuriri Valley offer interesting climbs. Mt Stafford, Peterson and Maitland are all a straightforward scramble in summer. A more serious objective is Mt Barth which is reached via Canyon Creek. Mts Heim and Rigel can also be climbed from around Canyon Creek. The highest Mountain, Mt Huxley (2505 m) offers several moderate and technical routes for the experienced mountaineer.
Fishing:- The Ahuriri River is internationally renowned for fishing. The season for the upper Ahuriri River runs from the first Saturday in December until the 30th April. The bag limit is two fish. From the upper Ahuriri to Longslip Station, the river is fly and spin fishing only (Ben Avon Wetlands is fly fishing only). Rainbow and Brown trout are both present in the river.
Hunting:- Red deer, chamois and thar are all found in the park in low numbers. Chamois are more often found in scrubby bluffs and gullies above the bushline. Thar have reacted to aerial hunting by avoiding open country and now spend much of their time in bluff systems and in the scrub zone.