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One of Otago Peninsula’s least visited true beaches, Boulders is the final destination on a track called Paradise. Whether it lives up to that – well, that’s up to you; it’s a wild dark place crouching beneath scooped out cliffs on the Peninsula’s East Coast and one of the first to lose the sun.


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One sunny afternoon, the Sunday Drive team made their way to Tomahawk beach. Not in pursuit of some bloody story however, no, it wasn’t even a Sunday.

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You might have noticed a slight trend in these posts by now – they tend to involve beautiful spots around Otago that have interesting, but often dark, histories – and Murdering Beach is the ultimate example. It’s simultaneously a world-class surf break, a beautiful camping spot and the scene of some of the bloodiest events in Otago and New Zealand’s early history. It’s a hell of a spot.

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We race the sun out to Aramoana’s tiny settlement (261 at last count) known locally as ‘the Spit’ on the distant East coast, hoping to arrive before the yellow-eyed penguins make their dawn run across the beach. Jumping out at the carpark, we hesitate.

The sky’s incredible colour is silhouetting the lighthouse atop Tairoa Heads across the harbour, and we just have to capture it…

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Snuggled into a spectacular section of coastline just 10 minutes drive from the city, one of Dunedin’s epic spots for picnicking or a scenic walk remains a secret to many…

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There’s a chill wind blowing from the south as I stand on the edge of the cliff and watch the ocean pound in fifty feet below. The Huriawa Peninsular is surrounded by sheer rockfaces, which is what made it one of the great natural fortresses in New Zealand – an impregnable fortified pa named after the great southern chief Te Wera once dominated this part of the Otago coast, and warriors would once have been standing where I am, looking down at a major invasion force, and laughing.

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