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Tunnel Beach

Address: End of Tunnel Beach Road | Off Blackhead Road, Dunedin, New Zealand
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Ranked #6 of 51 Activities in Dunedin
Owner description: Tunnel beach is at the bottom of a short, but steep, walk across private land (closed 1st August to...
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Owner description: 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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whakatane
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54 reviews 54 reviews
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015 NEW

I can't believe how hard it was, not only to find the place, but even to find any information about it. I only knew it existed because I'd seen something about top beaches on trip advisor and added it to my 'must do' list of holiday activities. It seems such a shame that there was no information about it in... More 

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Nuremberg, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015 NEW

It´s a hard to find place. But it´s worth to be found. The access is not so easy, very steep, .The beach is a lonely one therefore. I´m glad that I ´ve seen it.And you should know the story about. But there hasn´t been an information.A father built the tunnel because he wouldn´t like that others see his daughter going... More 

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Oamaru, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

Great views & history. A bit of a walk down & back up but worth it. Even got to see seals on the beach this time.

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

I am a trail runner. We visited Dunedin last November to pick up a friend who went with us to Queenstown. She took us here and I truly got excited because of running alone but never expected to end up running in this beautiful rock and land formations. This is too beautiful to miss! The waves were just so huge!... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

Only a short drive from town, the tunnel gives access from the clifftop to the beach below. Lots of seabirds flying around and the occasional hauled out furseal adds interest to the coastal scenery

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Auckland, New Zealand
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

Such an amazing coastline, and a unique tunnel traverse to a hidden cove. Watch my full aerial video at Tunnel Beach on YouTube here: http://youtu.be/b6jXbd1PDa4

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Louisville, Colorado
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46 reviews 46 reviews
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

Amazing and beautiful. A must see if in the area. Yes, the walk is a bit of a hike and is quite a workout on the way up - but if you can, I highly suggest. The water was cold and not for swimming, but we wore our suits, which I thought was a good idea, so you could play... More 

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Kemnay, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

It's a bit of a walk, particularly back up the cliff, but its was a lovely place to have a picnic on New Year's Day. A must visit

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Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

A great secret beach. It is a bit of a walk so not for the elderly, the scenery is stunning and I am sure children will find it very exciting to walk through a tunnel to get to the beach. It can be very rocky and care is needed

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

Only a short drive form the town of Dunedin lies tunnel beach, so name because of a tunnel you have to traverse to get to the beach. The rock formations and scenic cliffs here are amazing to see and we really enjoyed our visit to the beach. The only negative I have to mention is the steep incline of the... More 

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