Suitable for outdoorsy types, this excursion features a hike on Mount Cargill--the most prominent peak in Dunedin. For a limited few, this hiking adventure offers a look at the natural wonders of southern New Zealand, for it is home to the amazing Organ Pipes. These are basalt columns that are quite a famous landmark.
Board a minivan and transfer to the Mount Cargill Walkway, the starting point of your hike.
Climb through a forest of secondary growth to be rewarded with views of Otago Harbour, Mihiwaka, Mount Kettle, Blueskin Bay and the Silver Peaks.
Head into Mount Cargill’s native bush, containing broadleaf, tree fuchsia, pepperwood, mountain cedar, emergent totara and many lush ferns.
A highlight of your guided walk is a stop to see the incredible Organ Pipes--ten-million-year-old basalt formations created during the volcanic activity that formed Otago’s harbor. Once past the Organ Pipes, you will notice the vegetation becomes more sparse and stunted as you ascend the pathway, which provides ever-expanding views.
Wander through manuka, kanuka and dracophyllum scrub, finally emerging at Buttars Peak at an elevation of more than 2,000 feet above sea level.
Savor light refreshments as you take in the panoramic views around you, before descending down the same track and returning to the pier.
This excursion involves extensive walking over steep and uneven terrain.