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“Different”
Review of Aramoana Beach

Aramoana Beach
Ranked #8 of 122 things to do in Dunedin
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Reviewed 14 May 2014

This is not a beach visit in the traditional sense--I speak from an English perspective here. It's not little kiddies, buckets and spades and a tea shop. There is nothing in Aramoana--no facilities at all, no shops, no cafe, nothing. If you're new to NZ you'll find this lack facilities all over South Island. The place is "undiscovered" and raw. Aramoana is one place where this works surprisingly well. The beach has two distinct sides, one is sheltered a little by an old sea wall, so is calmer, but the other side is totally wild. You have to see how clean NZ beaches are to believe it, but we have no ships at sea here (we have no aircraft in the skies--a con trail seen once made it to the paper and sightings made weak-hearted people faint). My children call Aramoana the shell beach because it is covered, literally inches deep, in the most gorgeous shells. The wild side (north of the sea wall) of the beach, if you walk along to a distinct hole feature in the jutting out cliff, has vast sand dunes which are great for sand boards. This is NOT a beach for swimming--the vast green surf is scary sometimes. And the water is always absolutely freezing here even in summer.
There was a terrible tragedy in Aramoana (a massacre by a lone gunman). I'm not one given to fanciful imaginings, but I find Aramoana a very spooky, awe-inspiring place. So, not a place for little kiddies in a traditional sense, but worth a visit for the strange experience. It's a gorgeous drive out from Dunedin along the north side of the harbour. Very winding and twisty and goes on forever, but never anything on the road of course.

Thank LadyMol
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"mole"
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"port chalmers"
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"beautiful beach"
in 5 reviews
"sand dunes"
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"otago harbour"
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"wildlife including"
in 2 reviews
"windy road"
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"bring your camera"
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"picnic lunch"
in 3 reviews
"sea birds"
in 5 reviews
"rock formations"
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"fur seals"
in 6 reviews
"well worth the visit"
in 3 reviews
"beautiful drive"
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"cruise ship"
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Reviewed 2 May 2014

So peaceful and tranquil - loved being surrounded by the natural beauty and part of all of what nature has to offer.

Thank Shazzy02
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Reviewed 29 April 2014

Went for a walk along Aramoana beach on a fine afternoon. This is a quiet beach with beautiful views.

Thank Sarah53187
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Reviewed 23 April 2014

Beautiful part of Otago Peninsula with a lot of historic significance. Take the time to research the history before visiting - if you just want to visit a tranquil beautiful beach area this is for you. Spent many happy hours here with my children. Great fishing off the spit if this rings your bells.

Thank Kiwi-child
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Reviewed 23 April 2014

We were really surprised to find this very cool spot. On a bit of a scenic drive we had planned to visit Port Chalmers, with time to spare before our flights home we decided to drive onwards. So glad we did. We found this spot. We walked the length of what was the old ship docking area. It is a spit of land that stretches out to the tip of the harbour entrance. Quite treacherous in bad weather a warning states not to venture forth in bad seas. It was a lovely clear Autumn day. We saw a seal basking and enjoyed the stunning views from the end. It is about a 800metre walk out and a bit rocky so wear good shoes. Well worth it.

Thank Tracy H
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