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“Stunning scenery” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Tunnel Beach

Tunnel Beach
End of Tunnel Beach Road | Off Blackhead Road, Dunedin, New Zealand
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Ranked #6 of 38 Attractions in Dunedin
Type: Beaches, Outdoors
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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.
Auckland, New Zealand
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“Stunning scenery”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2012

A great short but steep walk to see sandstone stacks sculptured by wind and sea, and an amazing little steep tunnel built for the Cargill daughters to get a swim on this dangerous coast! Photo ops galore.

Visited October 2012
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Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand
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“Hard climb”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2012

Its a fun place to visit but beware, it's a steep climb back to the top!
Sometimes you even get to see a sea lion lazing in the sun. The tunnel at the bottom was carved out of solid stone.

Visited August 2012
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Dunedin, New Zealand
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“Great little trip just minutes away from town”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2012

This is one of the most beautiful attractions that Dunedin has. Not many cities around the world have such impressive landscapes just outside. Tunnel beach is one of those spots that nature/landscape lovers should visit on their stay in Dunedin. Make sure the day is sunny and nice to get there though. And if you go during low tide even better, but don't skip it if it's high tide either.

Visited October 2011
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Wellington, New Zealand
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“Great place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2012

A must see when you are in Dunedin. It is just an out of this world type of beach, and don't let the walk put you off. It is well worth viewing the dramatic cliffs with the tiny sandy beach that you can only access through a tunnel.

Visited July 2012
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“Not for the faint hearted”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2012

Quite a walk to this beach & you can't get down at high tide. It's quite well hidden. Took us a while to find it. Steep climb down to the beach. Good view though. We went on a very windy day. Not the best time to go.

Visited July 2012
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