The walk to Sandymount is perhaps one of the flattest on the list, but the spectacular coastal scenery of Lovers Leap and the Chasm are amongst the best in New Zealand. It is also only a short drive from Dunedin.

List Status Official
Elevation 320 m (1,050 ft)
Location/List South Island, New Zealand
Region Otago/Southland
Location Coordinates 45° 53′ 29″ S, 170° 40′ 21″ E
Nearest Town/s Dunedin
Recommended Route
Duration Help.gif 1 hour (loop)
Distance 3.4 km (2.1 mi)
Start/End Points Sandymount Roadend
Difficulty Help.gif Easy
Track conditions Help.gif Track
Season Help.gif Nov to July (closed for lambing Aug 1 to Oct 31)
Sights Lovers Leap, The Chasm
Hazards Steep cliffs, exposed to coastal weather

Getting There

By Car

From Dunedin, take Portsmouth Drive, and turn left over the causeway and then right on to Marne St. Head left up Larnach Rd, and it will then join Highcliff Rd . Turn left and continue up Highcliff Rd utntil you some to Sandymount Road on your right.

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Our Recommended Route

You can walk the Sandmount/Lovers Leap loop in any direction. If you want to end with Sandymount itself, start by walking through the atmospheric stand of Macrocarpa trees that line the roadway (you may recognise this location as one that featured in old video by Dunedin band ‘The Chills’). After crossing a stile and crossing an area tussock, you will come to the junction of the track to The Chasm. After viewing The Chasm, return in the junction and continue past the equally awe inspiring Lovers Leap.

You then loop around the southern side of Sandymount before climbing up to the small summit. At the summit there is a plane table and excellent views of the coast.

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