JUST a few minutes' drive from the city centre are a plethora of beautiful beaches begging to be enjoyed.
Here are a five to get you started:
1. Tunnel Beach
An easy 20-minute walk from the carpark at Tunnel Beach will take you to a stunning sandstone sea arch and man-made tunnel to the secluded beach with fossil-filled cliffs on all sides. It is often referred to as the most romantic spot in Dunedin, so gentlemen, take note.
2. Aramoana Beach and the Mole
This beautiful white sandy beach is split by the Mole, a long breakwater stretching out into the harbour entrance. There is a track and boardwalk that takes you through the tidal salt marshes and a huge sand hill.
3. Blueskin Bay
Blueskin Bay is an estuary about 25km north of Dunedin named after Te Hikututu and his nephew Kahutin because of all their traditional Maori tattoos. The estuary is abundant with clams and you may be lucky enough to find an oyster or two.
4. Brighton Beach
Brighton is a small seaside town 20km south-west of Dunedin and is a popular day-trip destination. Here you can hire paddle boats and paddle up the stream.
5. Long Beach
A 30-minute drive from Dunedin, Long Beach is a beauty in every natural way. Explore the caves and try some rock-climbing and enjoy the abundance of wildlife that live at the beach and lagoon.
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