South Island ▷ Southland ▷ Owaka
10km return walk taking us 2 1/2 hours as it was very windy on Surat bay so we didn't linger. Beautiful sandy beaches with sea lions. Cross from Surat bay to Cannibal bay at the track at the end of Surat by the cliffs. If you try crossing too early you can struggle in the dunes. Sea lions may be sleeping in the dunes so walk carefully. If you walk up the track from Surat bay you come to a gate and electric fence. Don't cross that but follow the 4wd track downhill and to the right to come out on Cannibal bay which is much more sheltered than Surat.
Some people recommend driving on Cannibal bay but the beach near the road end was very uneven when we were there and best left to 4wds.
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Laura and Marie
Beautiful walk, very nice beaches, you can get up close to the sealions, 8km gravel road to Cannibal Bay.
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