New Zealand’s South Island is blessed with a truly diverse and fascinating natural landscape. As a result, there’s an abundance of stunning, and often, educational outdoor activities available around every corner. The southern island’s second-largest city, Dunedin, is no exception.
We list the best outdoor activities to check out when visiting the ‘Edinburgh of New Zealand.
Explore Tunnel Beach
If you’re looking for a romantic spot to watch the surf crash again the rugged coastline, you’d be hard-pressed to find a better option than Tunnel Beach. These massive rock formations have been pounded and shaved into shape over thousands of years to form some truly stunning postcard-worthy shots.
Once you’re done ogling the surf from the top of the rocky outcrop, you can access a private beach via a farmland track and manmade tunnel through the rock itself. Here, you’re free to swim in the surf or relax on the beach on this secluded slice of sheltered sand. Say that four times fast.
Get your cycle on
Dunedin’s summer climate is near perfect for mountain biking. The mild temperatures and late setting sun mean you can comfortably ride for hours along the many trails that crisscross the Otago Peninsula and surrounds.
One of the most popular trails is the Otago Central Rail Trail that stretches 150 kilometres between Middlemarch and Clyde, following the old Otago Central Railway route.
Dunedin truly is a fisherman’s dream. Just a short stroll from the city centre you can find numerous spots to partake in a little fly-fishing and sea fishing. The city’s low-lying tidal beds and natural harbour also means other types of seafood can be found in abundance. For freshwater fisherman, there are many lagoons and dams in the nearby area where you can snag a salmon, trout and other freshwater species.
Embark on a wildlife cruise
Take to the open ocean on a cruise along the Otago Peninsula. Tours run from locations just an hour out of Dunedin and promise a unique vantage point to drink in New Zealand’s gorgeous coastline. Better yet, you’ll also get to spy all manner of local fauna, including the Royal Albatross in their breeding colony – the only mainland nesting place in the world for these beautiful birds.
Hit the open road
There are many outdoor sights to behold on Dunedin’s doorstep, so make sure you have the means to get there without fuss. Get yourself a rental vehicle with Ace Rental Cars today so you can make the most of your nature-fuelled adventure.
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