Free Beaches - Otago

Lake Wanaka West

One thing which makes this area interesting is the variable level of the lake. A 100m walk from Homestead Bay out to this spot. There is a big area to the right, and some trees for shade.

Clutha River - George's Spot

George has spent several years here, quietly clearing and developing the area with native plants. He welcomes visitors, and if you have your own accomodation (and no dogs), you can stay!


Smaills Beach

At the 'bottom end' of the Otago Peninsula, this is the nearest beach to the city that may be used for discrete nude bathing. There are two ways to get here: via the creek or the dunes

Sandfly Bay

There is a 20 minute walk down from the car park to this beach - and a 40 minute walk back up! This beach though, features a protected habitat for the Yellow-eyed Penguin. Please be careful not to go near the penguins, or inadvertently block their passage from or to the sea. The walk down in the soft sand is rather heavy going

Murdering Beach

About 12 Km northeast of Port Chalmers, Murdering Beach is possibly the most popular of the beaches, after Smaills Beach. This is easily accessed, though the road isn't smooth

Allans Beach

This beach is relatively easily accessed from the car park, along a 300 m track. There is an adjacent spot to the north, but it is completely wet at high tide. Victory Beach, the next main place north, has about 3 km of pleasant walking to get there, but it is best approached from Lower Portebello and Papanui Inlet. 

Mapoutahi Cove

This little cove is next to Purakanui Bay and also a bit of a walk to get to.