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“One of our secret beaches”
Review of Aramoana Beach

Aramoana Beach
Ranked #24 of 112 things to do in Dunedin
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Reviewed July 2, 2014

Every time I go to this beach there is never many people around, we take our little dogs and they just love it too. I suggest you walk right along to the end of the beach where the sand dunes are and you can climb up a bit to find a really comfy, restful, private spot. A guy has his caravan café there so coffee on the beach - great!

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Reviewed May 29, 2014

Famous for all the wrong reasons, Aramoana is a secluded beachside settlement but has arguably the best beaches in Otago. Usually free of tidal rips, swimming is relatively safe and a good day, surf can be excellent.
Be warned though - the water in these latitudes is never warm!

Thank BobM51
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Reviewed May 28, 2014

I guess since the senseless massacre. The little settlement is pretty rough, beach & the spit are worth the trip out. The memorial monument for the 1990 shootings could easily be missed by visitors & needs to be sign posted better.

Thank toddsta
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Reviewed May 18, 2014

nice drive around sea front from port Chalmers but not much at the end of the road. the town is worth drive around some lovely unusual homes. a bit cold down at the beach a bit rough but would recommend it just for the lovely coastal drive

Thank AndrewRolleston
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Reviewed May 14, 2014

This is not a beach visit in the traditional sense--I speak from an English perspective here. It's not little kiddies, buckets and spades and a tea shop. There is nothing in Aramoana--no facilities at all, no shops, no cafe, nothing. If you're new to NZ you'll find this lack facilities all over South Island. The place is "undiscovered" and raw. Aramoana is one place where this works surprisingly well. The beach has two distinct sides, one is sheltered a little by an old sea wall, so is calmer, but the other side is totally wild. You have to see how clean NZ beaches are to believe it, but we have no ships at sea here (we have no aircraft in the skies--a con trail seen once made it to the paper and sightings made weak-hearted people faint). My children call Aramoana the shell beach because it is covered, literally inches deep, in the most gorgeous shells. The wild side (north of the sea wall) of the beach, if you walk along to a distinct hole feature in the jutting out cliff, has vast sand dunes which are great for sand boards. This is NOT a beach for swimming--the vast green surf is scary sometimes. And the water is always absolutely freezing here even in summer.
There was a terrible tragedy in Aramoana (a massacre by a lone gunman). I'm not one given to fanciful imaginings, but I find Aramoana a very spooky, awe-inspiring place. So, not a place for little kiddies in a traditional sense, but worth a visit for the strange experience. It's a gorgeous drive out from Dunedin along the north side of the harbour. Very winding and twisty and goes on forever, but never anything on the road of course.

Thank LadyMol
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