Because it’s tranquil.
Because it’s a rock-climbing Mecca.
Because of the caves: groovy room-sized ones near the north end of the beach lead to a massive cavern you could hide an army - or stage an opera - in. Watch for rock falls though, and – sometimes - falling sheep!
Long Beach is a stunning 30-minute drive north of Dunedin, via Port Chalmers. Make time to visit Port, Aramoana and Orokonui Ecosanctuary on the way. Long Beach, known in Māori as Warauwerawera, is a small coastal settlement in Otago, New Zealand comprising approximately 100 homes. The small settlement of Purakaunui is located nearby.
Long Beach township is near a sandy beach that stretches 2.4 kilometres between coastal rock formations. Bird life in the beach and lagoon area includes blue penguins, seals, terns, pukeko, herons, spoonbills, and ducks. Because the beach lies within a bay and is seldom affected by swells, it is a common swimming location. Rock-climbing cliffs and caves at the beach's western end also attract many visitors.
The Mopanui Ecological Society, a Long Beach community group, has been extensively beautifying the area through mass planting of native flora in reserve areas. The 2006 movie Out of the Blue was also primarily filmed at Long Beach.
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