Purakaunui Bay, north of Dunedin

Overview

Suitable for all ages

About 25km north of Dunedin this makes for a great day trip to escape the city! Dig for Southern clams (known locally as cockles), fish from the rocks, practise water sports in the inlet, take binoculars and look out for bird life, swim in the inlet or walk along the beach. There are designated walking tracks around the inlet. You can walk to Long Beach from the eastern side – see here for a map and details. You can also walk to Mapoutahi Pa (on Goat Island) on the western side – see here for a map and details.

The inlet doesn’t have rips so it’s relatively safe for kids to swim although, as with all water based activities, they’ll still need to be closely supervised.

TOP TIP: wearing shoes in the inlet is a good idea because cockle shells can be sharp on little feet.

Orokonui Sanctuary is a short drive away.

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Contact Information

Address: Purakaunui township is to the east of the inlet and closest to Long Beach (an ocean beach). Osbourne township is on the west side of the inlet with access to Mapoutahi Pa. To access Mapoutahi Pa, park at the end of Osbourne Rd.