23 km inland, from Oteamatata, lies Omarama on the junction of State Highways 83 and 8. Originally an overnight stop for the Cobb & Co coaches Omarama is now a resting stop for the many visitors travelling through the McKenzie country.
There is sufficient accommodation in Omarama for all those who stop here. Activities are plentiful, visitors can glide, fish, ski, play golf or visit the fluted Clay Cliffs. Omarama is most famous for the gliding conditions provided by the inland mountain basin. Two world records, for gliding, have been set in the basin, which is part of the reason why the World Gliding Championships were held here during the summer of 1995.
Omarama is the Maori word for "Place of Light", referring to its clear sky’s, which also makes it of great interest to astronomers.
Lake Ohau Ski field is the smallest commercial field in New Zealand, but if you want a truly unique skiing experience, try friendly Ohau. Accommodation is available, and there are a variety of walks and tramping in the Ohau Forest area.
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