Otago Peninsula walks

Three excellent walks on Otago Peninsula, combining coastal views with good prospects for wildlife viewing.

Options a-plenty here - refer to the local council site.

41 Peg Road
This track provides a link between Ocean Grove and Highcliff Road. Access to the track in Ocean Grove is off Oregon Street. An attractive walk around Tomahawk Lagoon then climbs through gorse and native bush. Turn right towards Soldiers Memorial through paddocks with gorse sometimes obscuring the rock walls.


•Classification - Hard
•Time - Approximately 45 minutes.
•Parking - Limited at Highcliff Road.
 


Karetai Road
Provides access from Smails Beach to Karetai Road. This four-wheel drive track through farmland is deeply rutted in some places and muddy when wet. Stupendous views along the coastline and across to Saddle Hill. Mountain bikes allowed.

•Classification - Moderate
Time - Approximately 30 minutes.
•Dogs - Yes
•Parking (with care)

 

Highcliff Track
Links Karetai Road to Boulder Beach. The track provides a feeling of history with the dry stone walls as well as a sense of exposure on days with a strong southerly blowing. After the lookout the track swings inland, descending steeply in places before joining Buskin Road.

•Classification - Hard
•Time - 1 hour average.
•Dogs - No
•Parking

 

Buskin Road
Access track from Highcliff Road to Boulder Beach. A track down an unformed legal road, over farmland to connect with Highcliff Track, Paradise Road or Braidwood Road providing loop walks. One of the recognised mountain bike rides in Dunedin.

•Classification-Moderate
•Time - 45 minutes average.
 


Paradise Road
A fenced farm track from Highcliff Road to Boulder Beach with good views of the coast. One of the recognised mountain bike rides in Dunedin. There is a good representation of peninsula native shrubs on the right as you go down.

•Classification - Moderate
•Time 45 minutes average.
•Dogs - No
•Parking

 

Braidwood Road
Description - Access from Braidwood Road to Boulder Beach down a 4WD track that is very rough in places. Please heed the signs indicating where to park.

•Classification - Moderate
•Time - 20 minutes approximately.
 


Seal Point Road to Sandfly Bay
Description - Access to a Department of Conservation observation hide at Sandfly Bay Wildlife Refuge. Great sand dunes down to the beach - a long trudge back up but it's well worth it.

•Classification - Moderate
•Time - 40 minutes.
 


Ridge Road
Connects Sandfly Bay and Ridge Road. A longer but flatter access than the track from Seal Point Road. Crosses farm paddocks and dunes to Sandfly Bay.

•Classification - Hard
•Time - Approximately 40 minutes.
•Parking - limited. Please park at least 200m from the start of the track.
 


Sandymount to Sandfly Bay
Description - Access from Sandmount Track to Sandfly Bay via sandhills. Closed for lambing September to October.

•Classification - Route
•Time - Average 45 minutes.
 


Sandymount Track Network
Description - Provides loop access to the Chasm and Lovers Leap from Sandymount Road. Access also from Sandymount Summit. Closed for lambing September to October.

•Classification - Route
•Time - Average 1 hour for loop. 20 minutes to the Chasm and Lovers Leap.
•Dogs - No


Nyhon Road
Links Sandymount Road to Hoopers Inlet Road. Please keep to the marked track. Closed for lambing September to October.

•Classification - Hard
•Time - 45 minutes.
•Dogs - No


Highcliff Road to Hoopers Inlet
Very steep track to Hoopers Inlet. Suitable for experienced and agile parties only.

•Classification - Route
•Time - 1 hour average.
•Dogs - No


Allans Beach
Description - Access from Allans Beach Road to Allans Beach.

•Classification - Moderate
•Time - Approximately 5 minutes.
•Dogs - Under control on the beach


Mt Charles
Access over private land from Allans Beach Road to Mt Charles Summit. Mt Charles is the highest point on the Otago Peninsula. Permission must be sought from the landowner: Mr J Clearwater, Cape Saunders Road, RD 1, Portobello. Telephone 478 0274.

•Classification - Hard
•Time - average 3 hours return.
•Dogs - No


Okia
Connects Dicks Road via Riddell Road to the Pyramids and Victory Beach. You are free to wander in the reserve area.

•Classification - Moderate
•Time - Approximately 1 hour to beach.
 


Quoin Cliff
Track on private land from Pipikaretu Road to Quoin Cliff. There is a 20 minute walk along the road to the start of the track. Cross the stile and follow marker pegs to the trig at the top of cliff (121m). From here you can see views of Pipikaretu and Ryans Beaches. With caution, follow the markers to link with the Pipikaretu road then back to your car. Please stay on the marked route.

•Permission - Access to Pipikaretu Beach is via private property. Please contact McGrouther. Telephone - 03 478 0286.
•Classification - Hard
•Time - 1 hour 15 minutes return approximately.
•Dogs - No


Bacon Street to Highcliff Road
Provides access from Bacon Street to Highcliff Road. A steep walk through some trees then alongside a stand of native bush.

•Classification - Hard
•Time - Average 30 minutes.
•Dogs - Yes


Camp Road
Connects Larnarchs Castle and Broad Bay with lovely views of Broad Bay and the harbour. Please leave cars on Portobello Road and walk up the hill past the rural houses onto a clay track. It is a further 20 minutes along Camp Road to the entrance of Larnach Castle. Mountain bikes allowed.

•Classification - Moderate
•Time - 40 minutes to the formed Camp Road.
•Dogs - yes


McTaggart Street
Provides access from McTaggart Street, Company Bay to Camp Road, Broad Bay. Track goes acress private land on a well-defined farm road. Please leave the gates as you found them.

•Classification - Tramping track - benched
•Time - 15 minutes average.
•Dogs - No


Lime Kilns
This track provides access to three historic lime kilns. The kilns were used from the 1860s until 1938, when kilns in other areas became more economically viable.

•Classification - Moderate
•Time 5 minutes average.
•Dogs - No
 

Greenacres Street
Connects Greenacres Street in Macandrew Bay to Highcliff Road at Pukehiki. There is inadequate parking at either end of the track. We suggest parking in Macandrew Bay. Walk up Greenacres Street and turn right at the Dunedin City Council sign, following the track through some macrocarpas and alongside dry stone walls. Good views of the city.

•Classification - Tramping track - benched
•Time - Approximately 40 minutes.
•Dogs - Yes


District Road
A steep track linking Portobello Road to Highcliff Road.

•Classification - Hard
•Time - Approximately 40 minutes
•Parking - Limited on Portobello Road
•Dogs - No


 

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