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North from Dunedin

LONG BEACH near the entrance to Otago Harbour

The coastal feature is a long fine sandy beach with several rock caves.  Access via the Blueskin Bay-Port Chalmers road.  I have been through the caves myself

DOCTORS POINT.          Waitati district

So named from the number of Dunedin's doctors who had holiday houses here. To get to Doctors Point one makes his or her way over the Northern Motorway from dunedin, and once at Waitati turn right into the township. Then it is a left turn into Pitt Street, and follow the road for about five kilometres. The domain is actually private property, so it should be treated with due respect. Once the vehicle is parked, it is jist a minutes stroll onto a nice beach which views the rush of the water in or out of Blueskin Bay, depending on tides. Doctors Point beach is an interesting place as one can sink about 6 inches to a foot into the sand, (depending on weight) closer to the waterís edge. When the tide is low, one can walk eastward towards a cave, in which one can walk, coming out at Purakaunui Beach


BLUESKIN BAY            on Coastline north of Dunedin

Blueskin bay receives the waters of the Waitati River and various streamlets.  A lagoon backs from the southern end near Waitati, and a popular summer holiday place.  It was named because an old Maori resident was so deeply and thickly tattooed that he was called "Blueskin."

This large expanse is a tidal estuary with a single entrance between Doctors Point to the south and Warrington Spit beach to the north.

The areas which encloses this interesting and sometimes mystic estuary are from South to North are; Doctors Point, Michies Crossing, Waitati, Evansdale, and warrington the last of which has a spit beach, creating an almost landlocked lake, except for the entrance. Surrounding this vast area are a number of farms, communities of lifestyle seekers, as well as residences, and holiday cottages and cribs. The bay catches the waters of the Waitati and various streamlets. When the tide is in, and little breeze, the green hills can be reflected off the water, but at low tide, it is home to many wading birds and interesting aquatic life.

BUCKLANDS CROSSING Waikouaiti district

Accessible by side road immediately south of Hawkesbury Estate(formerly Cherry farm mental hospital)  This area is popular for day picnickers from Dunedin, with swimming in Waikouaiti River


KARITANE                        Waikouaiti district

Popular summer holiday resort with two beaches.

GOODWOOD                Palmerston district

Situated on the Pleasant River, Goodwood was the cross-over point for the Invercargill-Christchurch Southerner express train.  Auriferous quartz had been discovered near here.  Mainly a farming district

HAMPDEN                         Coastal Otago, south from Oamaru

Situated on Kuri Stream, close to safe bathing beach.  Interesting stones can be picked up from beach

MOERAKI                         Otago Coast, south from Oamaru

A fishing village and marine resort seaward from Hillgrove, Moeraki is bounded by nice ocean beaches, and to the north there are strange septarian stones which is a geological phenomenon.  The Moeraki Boulders as they are known are visible at all times and there is a restaurant quite close to these objects of curiosity.

OAMARU                          North Otago, Waitaki district

Known as White stone city, Oamaru was first surveyed in 1859, and became one of New Zealandís major seaports. As time went by, other areas became the important seaports. The first commercial areas were in the historic Tyne Street area, and the harbour areas.

Nearly every building consists of Oamaru Stone, a calcium rich building material, quarried from nearby, and can be shaped with any wood saw, but on exposure to the elements become very hard.  The public gardens in Oamaru is very beautiful, and I have visited it when I have been in Oamaru.  Another area is the lookout which affords great views of the town, and environs. Historically Oamaru had been mooted as a import export as

RANFURLY                                Maniototo district, Otago

Named for Lord Ranfurly, a former Governor, the town has recently been mooted as an art deco town, with a number of buildings displaying this 1930s art style.  The centennial tea rooms, a prominent art deco building now houses an art deco shop.

NASEBY                          Maniototo district

Situated on the fertile Maniototo Plain at an altitude of 2,000 feet, Naseby was one of the first of the gold mining centres in the district.  Sluicing continued until the mid 1930s. Nowadays Naseby is home to a motor museum with the largest Studebaker collection in the country.