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Waikouaiti Beach & Lagoon, Otago

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Waikouaiti Beach & LagoonBeginner

Submitted by Richele McKenzie

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Urban fringe

Out and Back

Totally/mostly flat

Plantation/exotic forest


1:00 (Slow)
0:40 (Moderate)
0:25 (Fast)



No dogs allowed along lagoon tracks.

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This is a short run exploring the lagoon and spotting birdlife.

Starting from the carpark, head onto the beach and run north for approx 900m, then turn into the sandy inlet for the lagoon. Soon you will see a track through the pines on the left. Follow a short distance until you come to a DOC sign for Hawksbury Lagoon Wildlife Refuge. Continue along the causeway, running three small "out and backs" before returning along the beach to the start. Two of these are along the causeway and the third is over a small bridge and along a small lakeside track (turn around at the farm stile). This gives you the chance to read all the information boards and spot many different water birds. Watch for horses (and sea lions) when returning along the beach.

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Features of interest

Hawksbury Lagoon - wildlife refuge.

Waikouaiti Beach - horses are trained along the beach at low tide. And if you're really lucky you'll see a sea lion.

Make Up of Run

Untracked / Route only: 30%

Easy Single Track: 70%

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