While exploring New Zealand, especially by car, you can spend hours trying to go 50 miles (or 80 kilometers in local terms!). Every corner has an unexpected and beautiful view. The Clay Cliffs were one of our unexpected treasure finds. We were driving from Mount Cook, to Dunedin, and randomly saw a grove of beautiful, and colorful trees. I yelped from the backseat, asking to stop so we cold look at them further. As we drove, we came across a sign that said, “Clay Cliffs,” and, not knowing exactly what these cliffs were, we decided to veer off our path to Dunedin and go explore the cliffs. As were driving, we saw this beautiful rainbow.
The drive from the main road to the “Clay Cliffs” was bumpy and at times, I wondered if we were going to either pop a tire, or break off our side mirror, but I will give you the cliff notes version (pun intended) and save you my worries – we made it safely. The “Clay Cliffs” made a wonderful first impression. After the anxiety of the drive, to round the corner to this view above, was an unexpected surprise.
Oh and here is one more rainbow picture, because, why not?
So here is what you need to know about the “Clay Cliffs”:
1. The “Clay Cliffs” are the result of two million years of erosion on layers of silt and gravel
2. To get to the area, head north from Omarama for 4km on SH8, turn left onto Quailburn Rd, and then turn left after 4km onto unsealed Henburn Rd. There are lots of signs to help you along the way!
3. Since it is private property, the entrance fee is $5. There are conflicting signs on where you are supposed to pay, but there is a little box that says, “pay here,” and then a sign that says “surveillance cameras watching,” near the entrance gate, so the honest folk we are, we decided to pay here.
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