Enjoying a prime spot in coastal Otago as the gateway to the Otago Peninsula, Dunedin is a great base to explore the area with your Dunedin car hire from Hertz. If getting out into nature is high on your wish list, here are a few day walks around Dunedin that tick the boxes and get you up close with its unique landscapes and iconic natural sights.
Over a century ago, a tunnel was dug down to this secluded beach. With graffiti carved into the fossil laden cliffs and some impressive sandstone boulders, it is a sight to behold. Tunnel Beach has been called the most romantic spot in Dunedin – it’s an easy 20 minute walk from the car park on Tunnel Beach Road through private farm land, under an imposing arch and through the tunnel.
Named after the SS Victory ship that sunk here in the 19th century, this beach is also home to sea lions, fur seals, and blue and yellow-eyed penguins. It is the longest beach on Otago Peninsula, surrounded by sand dunes.
This pristine beach is reached via a gravel road from Portobello. At the end of the road a 2 kilometre walkway takes you past the Pyramids – volcanic basalt columns from which you enjoy views over the dunes.
Named after pivotal Otago settler Captain William Cargill, this peak offers amazing views of Dunedin and the surrounding areas at 676m. Found at the northern end of Dunedin, there are two tracks to the summit of Mount Cargill – from either Bethunes Gully or from Mount Cargill Road on the Organ Pipes tracks.
The Pineapple Track is a walk that boasts with views of Dunedin city and Taieri Plains, passing through tussock country above the treeline of Flagstaff Hill. The track is named because hikers used to snack on tinned pineapple along the way and often left the tins hanging on trees. Take the track from the car park off Flagstaff-Whare Flat Road to Booth Road or vice versa.