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Anderson's Lagoon Shag, Otago

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Anderson's Lagoon ShagBeginner - Intermediate

Submitted by Kev Knowles

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Front country - easily accessible

Out and Back

Undulating, small hills only

Native bush
Plantation/exotic forest

Beginner - Intermediate

1:30 (Slow)
1:10 (Moderate)
0:50 (Fast)



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From the carpark the route takes a path down to the dunes and turns north to the mouth of the Lagoon. You may get your feet wet here. Steps take you up onto the top of the cliffs where a path between a deer fence and a thin strip of plantation continues with a series of undulations along the cliffs. In places you have to pick your way through tree branches.

This path will eventually drop onto Shag Beach and you can follow this to the Shag River mouth. [At low tide it is possible to drop onto the beach early [Look at the gpx track.] Once at the Shag River, rejoice in the splendour of the isolation, try not to get chased by sea lions and the re-trace your steps back to the start!

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Features of interest

Spectacular views as you run along the cliffs.
Lots of nesting seabirds as well as sea lions on the beach section
You probably won't meet another person on this route...

Make Up of Run

Untracked / Route only: 40%

Moderate Single Track: 40%

Easy Single Track: 20%

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  • Access

    From SH1 in Palmerston turn South on Tiverton Rd, this becomes Goodwood Road. Follow this for approx 5km then turn left onto Bushey Hill Rd.
    Take the next right into Anderson Road the car Park is about 1.5km.

    Parking on grass beside a fence and stile.
    No options for public transport.

    7 km

    12 minutes



  • Staying Safe


    Watch out for the access points to the beach.
    NOT RECOMMENDED at high tide

    Tide info: NIWA Tide Forecaster.

    This site gives you the actual height of the tide so you can pick exactly which is the lowest tide. This computer model is expected to be accurate to within 0.1 m in tide height and 10 mins in tide time.
    • Input Shag Beach coordinates in degrees/minutes/seconds format: Latitude 45 30 20 S and Longitude 170 47 20 E.
    • Choose Datum: Lowest Possible Tide.


    Lightweight fleece top, Long-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Gloves, Beanie/thermal headwear, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map.

    You cross a few streams but these all drain off farmland so I would use it as a last resort and definitely treat it before drinking.

    Plan to do this at low tide.

    Sea Lions on the beach
    Low branches

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