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Tunnel Beach

End of Tunnel Beach Road | Off Blackhead Road, Dunedin, New Zealand
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Ranked #5 of 41 Attractions in Dunedin
Type: Beaches
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... more » 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. « less
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Dunedin, New Zealand
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43 reviews 43 reviews
23 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014 NEW

Tunnel beach is superb. It is a small spit down a path maintained by DOC (very steep) leading through a tunnel and onto a secluded beach. Very much worth a visit.

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Dunedin, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

My partner and I had one of our very first dates here two years ago and go back on special occasions! It's beautiful. I feel mystical when walking through the tunnel and then ending up at a secluded beach surrounds by cliffs and moss! I think the tunnel was made for a kings daughter or someone in hierarchy to keep... More

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Australia
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44 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

Love this place. It's a fair walk down and even longer one back up if there are small kids, but the beach itself is awesome. The tunnel down through the rock can be slippery so make sure you are wearing correct footwear.

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Invercargill, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

I lived in Dunedin for years and never heard of this place! A dramatic East Coast cliff with hand-hewn tunnel and steps down to a perfect little cove. Access is no easy but the steep (and in places slippery) walk was worth it.

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Garner, North Carolina
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31 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

The hike down the trail was longer than usual for walking down to a beach. The tunnel to the actual beach is cool, but after you get through the tunnel you have to scramble down some rocks to actually get to the small beach area. While we liked it, it is not for someone with walking problems.

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Cromwell
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

Our group comprised of grand parents in their 70,s plus 3 grandchildren aged 9,11, and 13. The steep descent proved a challenge for aging knees but the ascent taken slowly was OK. Our advice would be to think carefully about the gradient. The experience should be enjoyable, not an endurance test. Go at your own speed and only as far... More

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Sydney
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10 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

Well worth the visit - best at low tide when you can go around to the adjacent beach also. The view up top is also very good.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

The history of this beach is somewhat grim but the tunnel is more impressive in light of the time it was built. Other than this it is a beautiful place to visit without a doubt. Best done on a nice day at low tide to make the most of the beach area. Fair level of fitness may be required, the... More

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Nelson - New Zealand
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

Another brilliant place to visit in Dunedin. This place is amazing in that it has managed to escape needing massive barriers to keep you from the edge of the cliffs - but I don't advise getting to close! Stunning scenery and even on a winters day it is amazing with the wild sea bashing up against the cliffs. It is... More

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South Island, New Zealand
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4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Simply beautiful as NZ always offer us! This is a little known place but offer stunning nature and view. It is definitely comparable if not better than twelve apostles in melb. The rock formations are so fine cut. Walking around the rock and beach make you feel much closer to the nature. It is rather exciting to stand near to... More

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