The key highlight of Victory Beach are the basalt volcanic rock pyramids. The pyramids are named for their incredibly symmetrical shape echoing shades of Eyptian ancient architecture.
From the Pyramids you can continue up the surrounding dunes to soak in the panoramic views and perhaps observe sun bathing fur seals. The area is known as Okia Flats with over 3km of coastline. Enjoy photo moments of expansive ocean views with a backdrop of natural tussock surrounding the relatively sheltered beach. The track is a well-maintained track, with access from Victory Beach’s car park.
At the northern end of Victory beach is the yellow-eyed penguin trust regeneration site Okia that needs visitors to be observant of the wildlife in the vicinity.
Explore a pristine and completely undeveloped beach is named after named after the shipwreck of the SS Victory in 1861, parts of which are still visible at low tide.
The walk to the beach is between 2 – 3 hours return. The track is overgrown in parts, largely in part due to the lack of visitors tramping through the area. It is a favourite place to spot sea lions.
- Distance: 4.5km
- Track Type: Walking
- Time: 1.5hrs return
- Mountain biking: Easy: Grade 2
- Dogs: Dogs not allowed
- Difficulty: moderate
A restoration effort owned and managed by the Yellow Eyed Penguin Trust and Dunedin City Council. Okia is a hidden jewel that is full of native flora and fauna. Starting at the end of Dick Road, head towards the distinctly shaped hills known as the big and little pyramids. From the little pyramid, the track leads you down to Victory Beach. Walk down Victory Beach to the next marker and re-enter the main track circuit. Follow the main track back to the little pyramid via the big pyramid and Margaret Hazel Slope. The Margaret Hazel Slope is covered in Cabbage Trees and Buttercups and provides an idyllic picnic spot for those lazy sunny days.
Dogs are not allowed! Dogs pose a major risk to nesting Yellow Eyed Penguins/ Hoiho and can scare them off their nests. They also pose a risk to other native animals found at Okia.
For more information about Dunedin beaches and what to do visiting Dunedin & Otago Peninsula check out Dunedin Travel Guide.
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