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Address: End of Tunnel Beach Road | Off Blackhead Road, Dunedin, New Zealand
Description: Tunnel beach is at the bottom of a short, but steep, walk across private...
Tunnel beach is at the bottom of a short, but steep, walk across private land (closed 1st August to end of October, for lambing). In the 1870's it was farmed by John Cargill, he had a tunnel dug to allow his children to access the beach. The beach itself has stunning sandstone formations, some resident pidgeons, Sea caves and some very old graffiti.
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Great spot to explore - do not miss this hike if you are in the area! Slightly steep hike but worth the time. We went when the tide was in and there were barely any other... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 14, 2015
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JACKSON
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17 reviews 17 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

Great spot to explore - do not miss this hike if you are in the area! Slightly steep hike but worth the time. We went when the tide was in and there were barely any other visitors. It was fun to have the scenic spot to ourselves.

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Munich, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

We visited Tunnel Beach in the evening of a very sunny day and it was just amazing. After a short (and quite steep) walk down to the "beach" you find yourself on a breathtaking coastline. The rocks are carved by the beautifully crashing waves. This is definitely a spectatcular view and I recommend sitting down there and just watching the... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

Well worth the trek down a quite steep path. This beach is accessed by a tunnel built in the 19th Century so Captain Cargill's daughter had somewhere private to swim. The views are spectacular and it never fails to impress

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Auckland Central, New Zealand
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25 reviews 25 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

It was awesome. On arrival at the beach, I realised I had not seen anything quite like it before along the NZ Coast. The natural sculptures of the cliffs were fascinating. It is a climb back up to the car park, but the walkway is excellent, take it slowly and your back before you know it. Best part of our... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

Definitely worth the walk (it is a steep track). Fantastic views, we saw a seal that appeared to be surfing in the waves, great piece of NZ coastline and, as others have said, a nice short drive from Dunedin.

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Breathtaking coastal scenery, easy access. I had been once before, and enjoyed it again on this second visit. The actual tunnel down to the beach is steep, but the views can still be enjoyed even if you don't go right down.

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

A steep walk down , reveals a hidden gem of a beach though and down some steps to the left of the main walk. Try and visit during low tide, or you wont be able to walk the steps to the beach. The steps are wet and a little slippery , but not hard to walk down. Once down at... More 

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Dunedin, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

This is a beautiful place to take the whole family. A bit hard to walk down and back up but definitely worth it. Often seals on the roacks.

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Cambridge, UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

a bit of a walk down but amazing when you get down to see the view, the holes in the huge rocks, the sea. Look to your left and go down the man made tunnel steps to come out on the beautiful secluded beach well worth the effort of walking back up the steep incline believe me. Dont forget your... More 

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Sleaford, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

Wow, beautiful beach and scenery. Long walk down to beach and very difficult one the way back up. Not recommended if you have mobility or health issues but if you're relativley fit and healthy well worth the walk down.

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