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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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Well worth the effort

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... read more

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

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 NEW via mobile

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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12 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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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23 reviews 23 reviews
15 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
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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31 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
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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6 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
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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4 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
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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melbourne
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

beautiful unusual place with a hidden staircase leading down to a secret beach.A fairly easy walk down and not too far to walk back up I did it with a broken shoulder at age 60 so I guess most people can make it.take a flask of tea and a sandwich and a book and chill out in the midst of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

Quite a bit of walk, especially the uphill walk on the return journey. But it's worth the walk to get close to the beach and enjoy the view of the rocks and the ocean.

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Torquay, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

This for me was the highlight of my visit to Dunedin. A reasonable level of fitness is required for the walk up and down but it is well worth it and we got some amazing photos too. To go down on the beach you need to go at low tide. A beautiful spot

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