A Very Long Walk

Rocky Knob, overlooking Harbour Cone (peak on right) and Port Chalmers over the opposite side of the Otago Harbour.
Rocky Knob, overlooking Harbour Cone (peak on right) and Port Chalmers over the opposite side of the Otago Harbour. Harbour Cone is the 315m (1,033 ft.) peak of the peninsula, and an abject horror to climb when tired (or in the dark).

Back in the summer, my friend and I decided upon a 22 kilometre (14-ish miles, to save you the trouble of converting) walk over the Otago Peninsula. Besides the prerequisite trekking paraphernalia, I opted to take my Olympus OM-D fitted with the 12-50mm kit zoom lens. This proved to be a portable and powerful option, occupying less space in my bag and crippling my back much less than the Pentax K-7 and Sigma 17-70mm I used to carry.

Overlooking Boulder Beach from the top of the Buskins Track. The swathe of sand in the distance is Sandymount.
Overlooking Boulder Beach from the top of the Buskins Track. The swathe of sand in the distance is Sandymount.

Fraught with walking tracks, scenic lookouts, and roads (should your legs need a break), the Otago Peninsula is a must-see when visiting Dunedin. The peninsula houses many attractions including historic lime kilns and animals such as albatrosses, set against a breathtaking backdrop of hilly terrain, meandering down to precipitous cliffs and expansive beaches. My personal recommendation is the “back” of the peninsula beyond Hooper’s Inlet, where the scenery has more of a rugged, honest charm, and civilisation is rarely encountered.

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Overlooking Broad Bay from Rocky Knob. Ravensbourne is visible on the other side of the Otago Harbour.

That’s enough waffling from me. This is meant to be a photo post, after all.

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A foxglove growing at the base of a kanuka tree above Hooper’s Inlet.
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Descending into Hooper’s Inlet.
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I like trees. Here’s a wind-pelted one part-way along the Buskins Track.
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