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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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A Dunedin must do!

I didn't have any set expectations when we set out to tunnel beach. My gorgeous wife wanted to see as it's in a story book that she had read to the pupils in her class. Easy to... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 18, 2015
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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37 reviews 37 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW via mobile

I didn't have any set expectations when we set out to tunnel beach. My gorgeous wife wanted to see as it's in a story book that she had read to the pupils in her class. Easy to find and only a short drive from Dunedin central. The walk to the tunnel is down a well maintained , but very steep... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

Amazing once you get there , A good walk down the hill but there are a couple of seats for rests if required. The beach is very secluded. It was amazing to think a tunnel had to be put in to get there. The surrounding cliffs and scenary is also fantastic Would reommend this visit very much particulary in fine... More 

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Napier
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

Great walk down to the beach through a tunnel in the cliff at the end. Very steep climb back up the hill at the end. We needed a few rest breaks on the way back!

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dunedin, new zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

Tunnel beach consists of a steep walk through farmland (closed annually for lambing) which leads to a rough hewn rock tunnel down to a small beach. This tunnel was built by Captain Cargill in the late 1800's to give his daughters access to the beach for swimming. The main attraction of this walk is the fabulous views out over the... More 

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Wollongong, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

Great place to explore and take photographs. The walk is quite steep so be prepared and for best exploration of the area try and arrive around low tide for access to the sand. Otherwise there is still plenty of spectacular scenery to check out and the obvious tunnel formation. Well worth the time to check out.

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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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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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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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