Lawyer's Head


So close to Dunedin centre yet you might be lucky enough to see New Zealand sea lions here – just remember to keep your distance. There are rockpools to explore. And what will you make with the bull kelp? Bring your creativity!
  • Spot all the creatures in the rock pools − can you identify any of them?
  • Build yourself a sand castle − use drift wood or shells to decorate it.
  • Watch sea birds circling over head or visit the gull colony at the end of the road.
  • Take a dip in the Pacific Ocean.
  • Bring your dog and see if you can tire them out  don't forget to carry a lead in case there is wildlife on the beach.

Get ready

Download the adventure map (PDF, 862K) and check out what you can do.

Go and explore

Look out for the Guardian Post when you get there. On it you'll find a special code word - write it down.

Getting there: Lawyers Head is approx. 6 km from Dunedin city centre, at the end of John Wilson Ocean Drive. It's on several St Kilda bus routes.

Claim your reward

Tell us the Lawyers Head code word to receive a Kiwi Guardians certificate and medal for this adventure.

Put the medal on your back pack or pencil case to show everyone the adventure you've had.

Each Kiwi Guardians place has a different medal - see how many you can collect.

About Lawyer's Head

  • John Wilson Ocean Drive is open to vehicles daily from 11 am to 3 pm Monday to Friday (except public holidays).
  • You'll need to be there at low tide to explore the rock pools − check the Port Chalmers tides.
  • Parking is available next to the track leading to the beach.
  • Toilets are at Marlow Park (Dinosaur Park) at the start of John Wilson Ocean Drive.
  • Dogs are allowed on John Wilson Ocean Drive and the beach. Be sure they are under control at all times and use a lead if there is wildlife on the beach.

Lawyers Head is managed by the Dunedin City Council.

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