The Best Hiking in Dunedin

Looking for the best hiking in Dunedin? We've got you covered with the top trails, trips, hiking, backpacking, camping and more around Dunedin. The detailed guides, photos, and reviews are all submitted by the Outbound community.

Top hiking spots in and near Dunedin

  • Dunedin, New Zealand

    Explore the Dunedin Botanic Gardens

    I may be bias, but the Dunedin Botanic Garden has always been one of my favorite places. The city of Dunedin holds a lot of "first" for New Zealand. From hidden corners with little people coming through, to open grassy areas, a bird aviary, duck ponds, winter garden glasshouse, a cafe that makes ...
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  • Dunedin, New Zealand

    Hike to Signal Hill Lookout

    4.6 mi / 967.8 ft gain
    Let's be honest, there's a carpark right in front of the vista, but we can make it fun too! Dunedin is an amazing city and I had the honor of living there for 5 months when I studied at the University of Otago, an area filled with nature and views in walking distance. The location on this adventu...
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  • Dunedin, New Zealand

    Hike the Pineapple Track

    5.0
    From the car park, follow the trail as it begins to go uphill. The slope is fairly gradual at first. Once you enter the trees it begins to get steeper and continues to climb until you are above tree line. You then begin to get views of the city and the harbor, along with mountains in the far dist...
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  • Dunedin, New Zealand

    Hike to Tunnel Beach

    5.0
    2 mi
    Dunedin is a small city on the Southeastern coast of the south island of New Zealand. The coastlines are stunning, and spending an afternoon exploring one of the beaches is never a bad idea. Tunnel Beach, just south of the city, is one of my favorites because of the natural tunnel that one of the...
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  • Dunedin, New Zealand

    Hike or Bike the Karetai Track

    2.5 mi / 656.2 ft gain
    This track starts at the end of Tomahawk Road (by Smaills beach) and climbs 200 meters uphill over its 2km one-way length. The walking track ends at Karetai Road, so you could also start it at that end.The track provides amazing views of Smaills beach and the beautiful coastline further south. An...
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  • Sandymount, New Zealand

    Explore Sandfly Bay

    5.0
    Sandfly Bay is one of the iconic beaches on the Otago Peninsula, and is home to a variety of New Zealand natives, including yellow-eyed penguins, sea lions and fur seals. A short but steep (and scenic!) downhill hike is required to access the beach from the carpark, but once you make it down you'...
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  • Sandymount, New Zealand

    Hike the Sandymount Circuit

    1.6 mi / 341.2 ft gain
    NOTE: Track is closed September 1 to October 15 for the lambing season. If you're one of the lucky ones that have time to squeeze Dunedin into your adventure packed road trip around New Zealand... then you obviously have to make time to visit the Otago Peninsula! Sandymount is a stunning reserve ...
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  • Evansdale, New Zealand

    Backpack Silver Peaks Track

    3.0
    11.8 mi / 1400 ft gain
    The trailhead is somewhat obscured on the side of the Mountain Track Rd - there is a sign that reads Silver Peaks Track. The rest of the trail is very well marked with orange posts and triangles.The trail starts with a gradual incline for 1.5 hours or so until you reach the top of a ridge line. F...
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