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Address: End of Tunnel Beach Road | Off Blackhead Road, Dunedin, New Zealand
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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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We were staying nearby and we're told a local man had build the tunnel for his daughter so she could have her own private beach. Is it true? Would be nice. The walk down wasn't so... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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Otley West Yorkshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We were staying nearby and we're told a local man had build the tunnel for his daughter so she could have her own private beach. Is it true? Would be nice. The walk down wasn't so bad, but was a bit slippery due to loose gravel. The views are breathtaking. The tunnel is easy to go down but best to... More 

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

A spectacular view when the tide is in but a very steep climb down and back up so you have to be fit to do this walk

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Thank E7777AAjohnr
New Lambton
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 151 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The cliffs, natural arch,,crashing turquoise waves and the tunnel leading down to the beach at low tide make this one of the most spectacular natural places to visit around Dunedin. The track down and back is very steep, so great exercise. The views around almost every corner of the track are stunning,,and it is worth while spending time at the... More 

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Thank Gregory D
Auckland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We took our kids age 7-14 here with an uncle in his 60's and we all really enjoyed walking out on the large rock of sandstone and also seeing the hand carved stairs through to the gorgeous wee beach on the other side. A few families had taken backpacks with picnics which was a nice idea. Going down the walkway... More 

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1 Thank AucklandTorro
Dunedin, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

A small car park. Keep valuable away from view from the public as break in have been known to happen. A paddock walk down to the tunnel and cliffs. Moderate fitness is needed. Great views out of lambing season.

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Thank juanne2016
London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We researched trip advisor before our stay in Dunedin and was glad we did as Tunnel Beach was not mentioned very much in the Dunedin brochures. We really enjoyed our walk down to Tunnel Beach with fantastic views. If the tide is out go through the tunnel down to the amazing beach. The rugged coastline was well worth the fairly... More 

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Thank Anglokiwi1
Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

It's a very steep walk to the beach but well worth it. Make sure you spend a good deal of time admiring all the aspects of Tunnel beach. Would suggest a decent level of fitness as the steep downhill becomes a steep uphill on the way back.

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Thank ChristchurchSmiths
Dunedin, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This is my favourite place in Dunedin. I always take visitors here. The views are amazing as are the sound of the waves. It is nothing like you have seen before. The walk down (and back up!) are well worth it.

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Papakura, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The sights and experience of such a spectacular and wild coastline is something to behold. The path down to the area is relatively steep and the gravel can make it a little unsure. You need reasonable fitness for the very steep return walk. But well worth the effort. The views are amazing. A tunnel hewn into the rock takes you... More 

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Thank Geoff N
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A private beach built by Cargill for his daughters in the 1800s is a great way to spend a sunny day wandering down and seeing some untouched beauty. Remember to take camera as you may be surprised by some sea life.

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