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One of the best ways to enjoy the awe-inspiring scenery the Otago Peninsula has to offer is by foot, whether it be trekking, tramping, hiking or on a guided tour. Over-all the tracks are well-defined and well formed, although not all are maintained. The tracks cater for people with varying abilities and fitness levels, however the majority are suited for people of average fitness. Dunedin's weather can be unpredictable at times, so it's advised to carry waterproof clothing, wear sound footwear and of course plenty of sunscreen.
Whether you wish to take just a short stroll, or make a day (or few) of it, there are several walking tracks in the region that are sure to delight. Seal Point Road to Sandfly Bay is a coastal track that takes approximately one hour return (depending on your pace) and is classed as a ‘moderate' skill level.
This track takes walkers across farmland, the beach and sand dunes and will eventually lead to a Department of Conservation hide, where, with a bit of luck you'll get a glimpse of the local residents, the Yellow-eyed penguin. DOC requests people keep at least 10 metres away from any sea-lions and 20 metres from any active animals encountered on your journey. It is also advised to not linger on the beach below the hide, as this will deter the penguins from coming ashore.
The cliff-top ‘Sandymount' circuit via Lovers Leap and The Chasm takes around one hour (return) to complete and offers superb views of the Peninsula's magnificent coastline and sheer cliff-faces. Note* Another marked route offers alternative access to Sandfly Bay.
Camp Road track was the original route along which access to Larnach Castle was gained during the three years it was under construction and was known as ‘The Camp', hence the route being named the ‘Camp Track'. This track offers magnificent views of the harbour and Broad Bay and is classified as ‘moderate'.
Greenacres track is a rather steep climb, 275 metres above sea level. The walk takes around 40 minutes to complete and is suitable for those with a good fitness level. Despite it being somewhat tedious at times, it's well worth the trip, with part of it being lined with almighty Macrocarpa trees and dry stone walls as well as a magnificent views of the city.
For those wanting to embark on just a short journey, the ‘Allans Beach' track is ideal, being just five minutes from the car-park to the beach. There is a good chance visitors will spot a sea-lion basking in the sun on this walk, and is one in which the whole family can enjoy.