From the main highway running through the small Otago town of Waikouaiti, you would never imagine that a few streets away there is a beautiful rural walk that takes you through some of Otago’s most striking coastal landscape.
There is something eerie and and other wordly about Hawskbury Lagoon, a wildlife refuge on the drive North out of Dunedin. Lots of native plants and birds will greet you, but few if any people. It is so quiet, and just made for a movie – it would make such a good film location.
From the main highway, walk or drive down Beach Street to Scotia Street, which will lead you to a causeway over the lagoon. Cross the Causeway and then turn left up the path towards Inverary Street. From here you can either head back to do, or walk down Inverary to Edinburgh Street which will take you to the beach and Matanaka.