Welcome to summer! The season of sun, sweet fruits and beach days. Though I will admit summer in Dunners has been a bit of a disappointment so far, don’t worry I promise February is always when summer really hits Dunedin anyway. When the sun finally makes its debut, we have a beach to suit everyone.
St Kilda beach is perfect for taking a walk along the sand, relaxing in the sun and kicking a ball around. There is plenty of beach so it’s easy to find a private spot with a group of friends and even take a cool dip in the water.
St Clair has a cluster of welcoming cafes and restaurants to fix those cravings while enjoying the serene surroundings. This beach is also a popular spot for anyone looking for a surfing fix. While at St Clair, I would recommend walking down past the salt water pool and following a short track to Seconds Beach. From the end of this track there is a stunning view back towards St Kilda.
Tunnel Beach is for anyone looking to step it up a notch, as the terrain to and from the beach can be a bit more challenging. Grab some friends and head down the track leading out to breathtaking sandstone cliffs carved by the sea. Take time to explore and admire these beautiful cliffs and the view they provide. The real gem is following the stairs down a small dark tunnel leading to a secluded beach.
Sandfly Bay is a wide stretch of beach with an abundance of sand dunes. A hidden treasure at this beach is the small wooden viewing boxes built by the Department of Conservation, these viewing boxes allow the public to view the Yellow-eyed penguin in their natural environment. The beach is also a very popular spot to view the Hooker’s Sea Lion, while making sure to remain a safe distance.
Take it from me all these beaches are worth exploring and what better time than summer? I recommend you grab your friends and make a day of it, because the one thing I can guarantee is that summer won’t be here forever.