Relaxing Journeys Blog


A mountain town in the middle of everywhere
Wrinkly RamRenowned as a gliding and fishing mecca, it’s close to Mount Cook, the Seven Lakes, penguins, numerous wineries, gold medal fly fishing, unique out-door Hot Tubs, excellent biking and great hiking. And like its weather, Omarama’s accommodation is choice; from home-stays to hotels, discover Omarama, relax and stay a while!


GlidingOmaramas unique environment is created by the Southern Alps of New Zealand with crystal clear air, extraordinary wave systems and fiesty thermals.

The Wrinkly Ram
Ever wonder how wool gets from the back of a sheep, high up in the mountains, to the carpet in your house, the blankets on your bed, and the clothing in your closet? To find out, come and see the informative sheep shearing show. See live sheep shearing in action and learn about the farming and wool industry-an important part of New Zealand’s agricultural economy.

Clay CliffsThere are numerous opportunities for exploring the Omarama/Waitaki region on foot with excellent access into Aoraki Mount Cook, the Ben Ohau Ranges, Mount Dobson and Hopkins Valley areas. Walks range from half hour, to multi-day and all are within easy access of Omarama. Options are available for independent hikers (from a few hours to multi-day), guided day walkers, heli-hikes and bush or river walks.

There are many rivers and lakes in and near Omarama suitable for recreational fishing. The nearby Ahuriri River is a noted fly-fishing river and adjacent Lake Benmore and Lake Ohau are popular with boaters, as well as fly casters and other anglers.

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