Island Park Reserve
On Brighton Rd heading away from Dunedin, a short distance past the Island Park Golf Course, a bridge crosses the Kaikorai Estuary. On the left of the bridge a small carpark sheltered by gum trees gives access to a path leading along the sand dunes to the beach. At low tide the vast expanse of sand makes a perfect surface for trotting horses in harness, recreational horse riders, and dog walking.
Most recently making the news for the shooting of the new Lloyds Bank UK advert, with a herd of 'black' horses galloping down the beach.
Accessed from Tomahawk Rd,
No permit or registration required 40 minutes up hill, 25 minutes downhill Travels from the end of Puddle Alley, Mosgiel up to Halfway Bush Road, Three Mile Hill, Dunedin (or down the other way depending upon which way you go). Open gates, generally no vehicular access, share with mountain bikes and occasional illegal off-road trail biker. Trails and Terrain
Good uphill (or downhill) ride. Steep terrain, clay trails, Farmland, well marked trails slippery \ boggy in wet weather, shared with cycle riders, shared with trailbikes Good phone coverage No formal parking available. Park along the road where you can. Long Beach, Purakaunui
23km north of Dunedin
Small settlement with country road riding, and Long Beach