View of Cape Saunders from Sandymount

Image: John Barkla | DOC


Walk to Sandymount and enjoy spectacular views of the coastline.

Track overview

1 hr loop

Walking and tramping

2.5 km return Easy: Walking track

Seasonal restrictions

Closed for lambing from 1 September to 23 October.

Dog access

No dogs

About this track


Viewpoint: 15 min
Sandymount circuit: 1 hr return
Sandymount summit: 10 min
Sandymount to Sandfly Bay: 45 min 

Begin your walk to the viewpoint in a tunnel of historic macrocarpa trees from the car park at the end of Sandymount Road. Wander through coastal pastureland for 1 km before reaching the viewpoint and its stunning views to the northeast over Allans Beach, Hoopers Inlet, Poatiri/Mt Charles and inland to Wharekākahu/Harbour Cone.

If you enjoy a more challenging walk, the circuit continues around the coastline and provides access to Sandymount summit and a marked route to Sandfly Bay and returns to the car park. You can alternatively access Sandymount summit and Sandfly Bay route via a track opposite the car park independent of the circuit track.

Getting there

Turn off Highcliff Road onto Sandymount Road. The track begins at the end of the road.

Know before you go

The nearest toilets are in Macandrew Bay.

This is an exposed coastal site. Take care around cliff areas as they may be slippery and unstable after heavy rain.

The circuit track passes through a working farm. Be careful of moving vehicles.

Be careful of the ongaonga (stinging nettle) that grows in places along the track.

Avoid forest areas during high winds as branches may fall out of trees.

Don't leave valuables in your car, as there have been break-ins.


Dunedin Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 3 474 3300
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Address:   50 The Octagon
Postal Address:   PO Box 5244
Moray Place
Dunedin 9058
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