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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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Cromwell
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47 reviews 47 reviews
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
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
23 helpful votes 23 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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7 reviews 7 reviews
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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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21 reviews 21 reviews
11 attraction reviews
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 helpful votes 4 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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Dunedin, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

If you can see just one beach in town, go to Tunnel beach. It´s probably the most amazing place I´ve ever seen, more than worthy to go there and see this unbelievable creation of mother nature. The best view in sunny days. I could go there thousand times and I will be always fascinated by it´s powerful look.

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

Dunedin being my home town, Tunnel Beach was a place I was lucky to visit since my early childhood. In those days there were no fences and it was just a case of getting the farmers permission to cross his land, making sure gates were closed etc. Anyway... for along time Tunnel Beach was a place only the locals really... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

It is a great walk down but a hard one back up. But very worth it. The views are amazing. A Dunedin and NZ Must Do!

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Dunedin, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

good for the use of exercise, very helpful for weight loss if you can handle the hill on the way back up

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melbourne
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

walking down through the wildflowers and discovering a passage that leads down to a secret beach and of course the amazing scenery

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