We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Want the lowest hotel prices? You're in the right place. We check 200+ sites for you.

Tunnel Beach Track

Certificate of Excellence
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: Tunnel Beach Road, Dunedin, New Zealand
Phone Number:
+64 3-474 3300
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour

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.

read more

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 410 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 268
  • 73
    Very good
  • 13
  • 0
  • 0
Extraordinary place!

I'm not sure if it was because I went on christmas day but there were no tourists at all so I had the opportunity of being there alone and to take some great pictures. It's a... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
Playa Del Carmen
Add Photo Write a Review

410 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
  • More
Showing 354: English reviews
Playa Del Carmen
Level Contributor
194 reviews
129 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I'm not sure if it was because I went on christmas day but there were no tourists at all so I had the opportunity of being there alone and to take some great pictures. It's a great place to be, you can even walk down through the tunnel.

Thank Amaru_y_Jorge
Sydney, Australia
Level Contributor
22 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Good walk and not to far when you discover the vista at the end. Well worth the trek and a must see whilst in Dunedin.

Thank Kathant
Melbourne, Australia
Level Contributor
46 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This beautiful beach is only a short drive from Dunedin CBD (about 7kms). the walk down the well maintained man made path offers many places to stop and take in the stunning views. once at the bottom of the track, you find the tunnel which takes you down to the beach. The beach has both rocks and sand, and a... More 

Thank Steve D
Level Contributor
8 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Stunning views, quite a long steep walk so allow plenty of time and take water. Allow at least an hour, extra time to take photos and explore tunnel beach. You will be seeing the effects of wind water and time on the coastline.

Thank Wendy B
Christchurch, New Zealand
Level Contributor
17 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Free parking is available for a 60 to 90 minute walk (time,depends on one's fitness) down the cliff tops (on a man made fine pebble stone path)(Cargill's Castle or the remnants off can be seen at the top of the cliffs above the beach ).Take your swim wear as this option is available when you reach the bottom (depends though... More 

Thank cruzee2017
Windsor, Canada
Level Contributor
13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Beautiful landscape!!! But would not recommend to anyone who is not in shape, have heart issues, knee or back problems. The hike down and then back up is very difficult!! That being said, once you get close to see its amazing!!! Was a little disappointed when I found the "tunnel". Thought it would be something bigger etc but pretty cool!

2 Thank Beth H
Level Contributor
17 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The walk down to Tunnel Beach is long and steep but well worth the effort. The headland is beautiful with stunning views and at low tide you can descend a man made tunnel cut into the rock to access the beach. The climb back up the hill is exhausting but well worth it. We were rewarded with a fresh fruit... More 

1 Thank UKmarried
Manitoba, Canada
Level Contributor
125 reviews
60 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I hadn't read anything about Tunnel Beach before visiting. It was just a beach down the road from our AirB&B. When we got there, though: Wow!! First off, this is not easy to get to. You must be able to walk down (and eventually up) a long, very steep walkway. Once you get to the tunnel viewing spot, there is... More 

1 Thank L P
Level Contributor
46 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A spot that should be a film location! Apparently discovered back in the 1800's when a local family wanted somewhere quieter than St Clair Beach ( before erosion had set in I think). The father built a stairway in the rocks to gain access to a pristine white sand cove surrounded by fabulous geological rock features. The water is dramatic... More 

1 Thank pan123969
Los Angeles, California
Level Contributor
12 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Headed out on a two week cruise going through Australia and New Zealand. Traveling with sibs and their spouses. We each picked a port and researched it and planned the itinerary. What to do in Dunedin? Stumbled upon this location - Tunnel Beach. This is a must see destination and don't miss out by stopping short on the hike down... More 

1 Thank MrsB51817

Travelers who viewed Tunnel Beach Track also viewed

Dunedin, Otago Region

Been to Tunnel Beach Track? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Tunnel Beach Track and other visitors
8 questions
Ask a question

See all questions (8)

Questions? Get answers from Tunnel Beach Track staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Will you pick up and drop off at my hotel?
  • I have a family of 7. Can your tour accommodate all of us together?
  • How should I dress for this tour?