Made famous by the Lord of the Rings movies, this area of New Zealand outside the port of Tauranga holds beauty and serenity amongst the rolling green hills.
LOVERS LEAP OTAGO PENINSULA WALK
- Adult Ages 16+
- Child Ages 4-15, must be accompanied by an adult
Dunedin’s Coastline Is Best Experienced on Foot
A guided coastal walk is one of the best ways to experience the most scenic areas of the Otago Peninsula. Look forward to panoramic seaside views, rolling sand dunes and a walk along a beautiful beach where rare wildlife can often be experienced. Make the most of your shore excursion in Dunedin, the oldest city in New Zealand, which boasts impressive natural beauty, rare wildlife and a rich history
Remote Reserve & Lover’s Leap
Before your legs get a workout, we travel along the stunning coastal road from Dunedin to the scenic Sandymount Recreation Reserve located in the remote hills of the Otago Peninsula.
The journey by foot begins as you cross farmland dominated by windswept trees toward a lookout point overlooking Lovers Leap. This scenic phenomenon inaugurates a view of a natural rock bridge crossing, washed out by the sea thousands of years ago. Lovers Leap connects the rugged coastal cliffs with a spectacular hanging valley.
Beach Hut Break
The walking tour continues through a remnant patch of native bush, before descending the largest sand dune in the Otago region to our privately owned beach hut.
Tea and Cadbury’s chocolate offer refreshment in our private hut situated on a picturesque beach. Experience stunning views and rewarding encounters with rare wildlife like New Zealand fur seals and sea lions, and sometimes the majestic yellow-eyed penguin.
Walk along a beautiful beach and learn about New Zealand conservation techniques employed to protect these rare native species. Huge basalt rock formations shaped by fierce waves and a dynamic dune environment make the final part of your guided Dunedin walk spectacular.
High Road Return
Returning to your minibus, relax and enjoy the magnificent views from the ‘high road’ as we make our way back towards the city and then skirt the Harbourside road back to Port Chalmers.
On fine days, shorts or light trousers and everyday shirts are fine; however, we advise that you come prepared in case there is a ‘Southerly Change’. To do this, wear three layers on top and bring a waterproof jacket. Wear shorts or light trousers (avoid denim and cotton) and good footwear. Feel free to bring a small backpack with snacks and a water bottle.
This tour requires a reasonable standard of fitness.