Murdering Beach, Dunedin

As well as having one of the more interesting names, Murdering Beach (now officially known as Whareakeake) is also a good place to visit for beach views and quiet walks. You have to drive down a dodgy road to get there, making it one of the more difficult beaches in Dunedin to access, but don’t let that put you off!

Getting to Murdering Beach

The turnoff to Murdering Beach is near the Heyward Point Track, one of the top hikes in Dunedin. To get there from town, first head to Port Chalmers and then up the hill towards Orokonui. You’ll see the turnoff (Heyward Point Road) just before Orokonui and from there you’ll see Murdering Beach Road to the left.

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View above Murdering Beach, Dunedin, New Zealand

You’ll get some nice views of Murdering Beach from the road but there aren’t too many places to stop. The road is rough and steep and can be a bit scary in cars that are best suited to smooth city streets. Still though, it’s not too bad, and you shouldn’t have to much trouble (don’t blame me if you do though!).

The road to Murdering Beach, Dunedin, New Zealand

Murdering Beach

This beach got its name from a battle between Maori and the British in 1817. Today it’s a rather peaceful spot with nice white sand and rolling waves. The beach is bookended by rugged headlands making it a scenic spot for a stroll. There isn’t too much to do there, although you might see some wildlife if you’re lucky.

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Murdering Beach, Dunedin, New ZealandCliffs at Murdering Beach, Dunedin, New Zealand

Other Things to Do Nearby

Murdering Beach is a good little side trip for people visiting Orokonui Ecosanctuary (where you’ll see heaps of native birds), the Heyward Point Track or Dunedin’s more popular northern beaches, including Long Beach and Purakaunui Beach.

This side of the harbour isn’t as iconic as the Otago Peninsula side but it’s just as nice, and you’ll get some awesome views when driving the winding hilltop roads. This is also the start of the scenic route to Oamaru, which is one of our favourite coastal drives in New Zealand.

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Jon Algie

A travel blogger from New Zealand who has just returned home after 6 years abroad. Join me as I see as much of the South Island as I can.
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