The Pyramids from Okia Reserve end
Liam and me at the top of the first pyramid, known as Te Matai o Kia
View from the top, towards Victory Beach
Looking out towards Margaret Hazel Slope
The BIG pyramid, aka Pu-Wheke-o-Kia
Off to climb a mountain
Where the bloody hell ARE we?!
Here ensued a lengthy detour up Margaret Hazel Slope, squelching through boggy marshes, and clambering up hills teeming with wild rabbits and high country sheep, as the three of us did our best to work out how the heck we could navigate our way around the swamps to reach the fence which surrounded the giant pyramid. In the end, the three of us had to admit a wet and muddy defeat - but it had been great fun trying! From here we turned our attention back to the main task at hand, which was continuing our way through Okia Reserve and onto Victory Beach. As well as being the most isolated, this beach is also the longest and most spectacular beach on the Otago Peninsula. It was named after a ship called the Victory after it became grounded there by a drunken sailor in 1861 and you can still see parts of the wreck at low tide.
Mother Nature at her best - completely untouched and unspoilt
Victory Beach. Well worth the walk, even without the seals and penguins!
Being in such a remote location, Victory Beach has remained absolutely untouched and unspoilt, with its pale sand and 3.5km of pristine coastline. It's also home to many sea lions, fur seals and both blue and Yellow Eyed penguins. Unlike other places we have visited with sea lions, the barreness and isolation of this particular place made me super conscious that this was very much THEIR territory and making our way through the dunes was really quite nerve wracking, knowing of the possiblity of an enormous and possibly aggressive male sea lion could waltz out in front of us at any moment! Whilst we were teased upon arrival by the full length imprint of a seal in the sand, its owner was nowhere to be seen and the beach was devoid of both seals and penguins.
The long walk back. We recommend sturdy waterproof footwear!