Top Adventures in Hampden

  • Explore the Moeraki Boulders

    Sunrise is a perfect time to come visit these boulders as you not only beat the crowds that flock to the beach later in the day but also get to watch the sun rise up behind the boulders.These boulders are a small detour off of Highway 1 so they ma...

  • Explore Katiki Point Lighthouse

    From the car park, the trail leads in two directions. Following the track to your left will take you down to a penguin hide overlooking the coast. Watch the rocky shoreline carefully as many of the large boulders are actually napping fur seals. Fr...

  • Backpack Silver Peaks Track

    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 hour...

    11.8 miles 1400 ft gain

  • Hunt for Mussels in Aramoana

    Starting from Dunedin, take highway 88 toward Port Chalmers. Once there, take a left to Macandrew road, which will eventually become aramoana road. This drive takes you past a few bays, drive all the way right up to the end of the road, past Heywa...

  • Hike the Pineapple Track

    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 an...

  • Hike to Signal Hill Lookout

    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...

    4.6 miles 967.8 ft gain

  • 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 p...

  • Hike the Sandymount Circuit

    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 ...

    1.6 miles 341.2 ft gain

  • Explore Sandfly Bay

    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 beac...

  • Hike or Bike the Karetai Track

    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 b...

    2.5 miles 656.2 ft gain

  • Hike to Tunnel Beach

    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 favor...

    2 miles

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