Dunedin’s south coast

Another trip, this time over the beautiful golden sands of Dunedin’s Southern beaches.

Heading out from Taieri airfield we crossed Chain Hills and circled around St Clair beach before heading South. The beaches are every bit as spectacular as Dunedin’s northern beaches. Because our climate isn’t ‘tropical” you can almost guarantee to have some of this coast line all to yourself, or in our our case ourselves and the dogs.

DSC_4407 St Clair Beach and salt water poolDSC_4408 (3)The ruins of Cargills Castle, perched on the rugged, exposed cliffs above the ocean near St Clair, was completed in 1877 for  Edward Cargill. A trust has been set up to preserve the ruins.

DSC_4410 Tunnel Beach – in the 1870’s, a tunnel was dug by a local farmer, John Cargill to allow private access to the beach for his family. See post

DSC_2333  Kaikorai LagoonDSC_2332Waldronville – home to Island Park gold course, recreation reserve and Island Park speedway.DSC_2331 DSC_2330

DSC_2273  South coast – looking south over Westwood, Ocean View to Brighton.DSC_2277 Brighton DSC_2283  Brighton beach and rugby grounds DSC_2284 DSC_2285DSC_2286  South BrightonDSC_2289Taieri Mouth is a small fishing village at the mouth of the Taieri River,  located 40 km southwest of central Dunedin on the Southern scenic route. It has  white sandy beaches for swimming and several picnic areas. There is also a walking track that follows the Taieri River from the mouth through the lower gorge to Henley.

DSC_2322Taieri Island lies in the ocean several hundred metres off the river’s mouth.  It is connected to the mainland by a sandy causeway at low tide. The island is a nature reserve, and is home to many protected seabirds.  It was the site of a whaling station in the 1830s and 40s.

DSC_2295  Taeiri Mouth  DSC_2297 DSC_2298 DSC_2300Akatore River mouth  – See post

DSC_2304  Akaore River MouthDSC_2302  Akatore River MouthDSC_2321  Toko MouthDSC_2319Toko Mouth is a settlement of about 70 holiday homes, close to the south bank of the mouth of the Tokomairiro River, some 50 kilometres south of Dunedin


Toko MouthDSC_2310A collection of holiday homes at Bull Creek – North of Toko Mouth

One thought on “Dunedin’s south coast

  1. Hi there.
    You have some excellent photos of Taieri Mouth! I was wondering if you would mind letting me use one of your photos (14th from the top) in my Masters thesis? and if so do you have a last name I can use as a reference?
    – Briar


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