Sandy Point Road, Otatara

Just 10km from the city of Invercargill is Sandy Point, a sand and shingle peninsula bound by the Oreti River and Foveaux Strait. Maori enjoyed this region for its plentiful supply of birdlife, fish and shellfish and even today you are able to see an abundance of wildlife and nature.

In 1863 a shore whaling station was established. One of the whalers, Owen McShane, gained a notorious reputation for distilling a kind of rum from the cabbage trees in the area. This rum is believed to be responsible for the wreck of the Lynx in 1837 due to drunken crew. Flax mills operated in the area until the 1970s.

Take your time to walk or drive around Sandy Point.


Note: Dog access is allowed if the dog is on a leash. Go here for more dog friendly walks and areas in Southland.

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Last modified
Wed 6 Oct 2021
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