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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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Extraordinary view at the end of the tunnel. A piece of natural art. Could stay here for an hour just enjoying the view. Tunnel at the bottom of a hill, with difficult walk back... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Riley P
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Extraordinary view at the end of the tunnel. A piece of natural art. Could stay here for an hour just enjoying the view. Tunnel at the bottom of a hill, with difficult walk back up.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

So its a little steep. To give this sensational, unforgetable destination 3 stars because of it is as moronic as giving the Taj Mahal 3 stars because they don't serve pizza.

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Thank Jonas H
Dunedin, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Stunning place. Brilliant views and only 15 minutes from the centre of town. Allow at least an hour overall. Wear strong shoes as its quite a steep walk.

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Thank gailv77
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Such a amazing place in Dunedin and worth my visit. The walking track was a real challenge for me because I did not expect a very steep and long walk distance. On the way down to the beach I have been amused by the incredibly stunning views so totally forgot that I had to walk back to get to my... More 

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Thank Matthew_C1771
Brisbane, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Amazing place to visit. The walk down and back up is quite steep and challenging, and quite slippery on wet days so wear sturdy shoes. Absolutely well worth it though, amazing views. Go down the stairs in the tunnel to access the beach.

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Thank Katmandoo_S
Dunedin, New Zealand
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

After several years in Dunedin, I finally made it to Tunnel Beach. It's quite cool with the tunnel and views, but not a beach I would visit often. It's quite a hike back up, steep and long, so not suitable for very young children, or people who find walking difficult. We made it with our 7 and 9 yo.

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Thank Jody172
Dunedin, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is quite a walk both downhill and back uphill, but the scene when you get there is something special. The beach accessed through a tunnel in the rock with stairs that go down onto a private beach is beautiful especially with the large rock wall dominating the right side of the beach.

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Thank Janet C
Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2016

This is a dramatic piece of coastline with thundering surf and a well made but relatively steep path to and from the tunnel in the rocks. It is a great spot for video shots of surging waves and high spouts of water. The whole area is well fenced until the final two hundred metres. Then it is just you, the... More 

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Dunedin, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

So worth the walk, although make sure you can walk as it's quite a climb. But absolutely worth it.... it's amazing and unique and magical.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2016

Lovely place, excellent views and really interesting history. The beach is probably not safe for swimming much of the time, and it's a very steep walk back up to the carpark, but still worth it!

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