The pyramids at Okia Reserve. © DunedinNZ

Scale the ancient pyramids of Okia Reserve


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Did you know that we have our very own pyramids in New Zealand? 

At Okia Reserve at the eastern end of Otago Peninsula, you’ll find the remarkable geometric basalt rock formations of Dunedin’s pyramids. 

The large pyramid to the north is known in Māori as Pū-wheke-o-Kia, and you can take the track to the top of the Little Pyramid or Te Matai o Kia. 

On the seaward side of the Little Pyramid you’ll also find an intriguing cave carved out of the hard rock by wave erosion.

Nearby Victory Beach, named for the SS Victory which sank here in 1861, is the longest beach on the peninsula. Its 3.5km of glorious white sand is home to fur seals and endangered hoiho or yellow-eyed penguins.

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