Tunnel Beach Walk
Tunnel Beach Walk
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  • Amy W
    Seattle, Washington254 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Be prepared for a steep hike back
    We were surprised at the steepness of the trail. It was about 1.5km down to the beach (and I mean down). We kept asking ourselves if we were prepared to hike back up. But, we made it down. The tunnel to the beach is cool. The beach itself is rocky and slippery. The views above the beach were spectacular and worth the trek back to the car.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 18, 2023
  • Alison S
    Mudgee, Australia11 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Tunnel beach adventure
    Breathtaking views and an astonishing beach at the end of the walk. Steep walk and not for everyone. The new path is more accessible but could be said to drag the pain out further. Please don’t get rid of the old track for those of us that prefer our pain hard and sharp but over quickly. Worth the toil back up the hill.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written December 16, 2023
  • evets1232016
    Sydney, Australia420 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth the climb
    It's an altitude difference of about 150m between the car park and the beach, but the views of the wild cliffs and coastline, and the beauty of the beach itself when you get there, make the climb back to the car park worthwhile. Just be aware access to the beach requires climbing over many large pebbles, and would not be suitable for those with impaired mobility. There are two tracks between the car park and the beach-it's best to choose the longer track with the more gentle gradient on the way back!
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written February 13, 2024
  • I P
    West Sacramento, California14 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Tunnel Beach Trek
    Absolutely the best excursion of the cruise. This easy Uber to Tunnel Beach was effortless. The well kept path was smooth but very steep. Well worth the walk back to the car park. The views are incredible and fantastic photos. A must do for any visit. A plus for us small bladder 60ish men…there are clean bathrooms before/after trek.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written March 18, 2024
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April N
Christchurch, New Zealand921 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020 • Couples
I am a middle aged, overweight women with a bad knee and I did it but I almost thought I wouldn't. So here you go. It is a steep track down so go slow and pick a fine day otherwise the track will be very slippery. There is now doubt the views are stunning even if you aren't great with heights. The trek back up was slow going and that's ok as you just need to go at your pace. I had to stop 8 times to catch my breath. Only thing I wished I had taken with me was a bottle of water as it was already a warm day, add to that my exertion and it was greatly needed.
Written September 15, 2020
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UrbanPixel
Horton-in-Ribblesdale, UK69 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Blue water to the horizon to be seen from promontory that you can walk out on. Also, we liked green fields. Parking can be taxing as limited spaces and throngs of tourists are everywhere with the teenager of mine driving. Tunnel entrance is also overcrowded.
Written January 11, 2020
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Parsons4
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Family
Amazing headlands tower over a little beach alcove with fascinating history. The track is steep but very well formed and a few seats to rest and catch your breath, or enjoy the view. The tunnel steps are narrow, uneven and a bit slippery do take care.Low tide a better experience. A few seals present. Fences and signs warn against walking out along the headland but we're ignored by some people. Our adventurous teens were happy climbing the massive rocks on the beach. Worth a visit in good weather.
Written January 9, 2020
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Bex I
Silverdale, New Zealand204 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021 • Family
The views are stunning and worth the steep, very steep walk! The track from the car park is about 2 m wide and gravel. You need shoes with very good grip for the track and the rocks at the bottom. At the bottom you walk through a tunnel in the rock to the beach. Be careful, some of the large rocks near the beach are a bit wobbly. You should go while the tide is out to get through. Note there are rubbish at the start of the walk however nothing else for the rest of the track. Enjoy - we spent about an hour there.
Written May 2, 2021
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stevemccully
Christchurch, New Zealand52 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
After a steepish descent you are rewarded with views of impressive cliffs over-looking the great expanse that is the Pacific Ocean. Take time to absorb nature's beauty and the forces that created your vista.
The hand-hewn tunnel to the beach is equally impressive.
Being so close to Dunedin makes it very accessible with the consequential impact on parking, so I'd advise an early morning or late afternoon visit.
Written February 9, 2020
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Anna
43 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
There is a swanky carpark, with parking for 50 -100 cars. There is a lovely new set of toilets. There is also a new, wide, but still steep track which winds down the hillside to the tunnel and the beach beyond. The tunnel is fun but you exit onto quite a narrow ledge, where we had to wait and negotiate with people reurning back up. The beach is pretty much nonexistent. There are spectacular cliffs, true, but large ankle breaking rocks hinder your efforts to find sand.

Worse were the crowds. It was an ordinary day, with ordinary weather but at least 200 people on the track at any one time.

Most horrible of all was the number of people ignoring the barrier, and walking out onto the headland in inappropriate footwear, carrying children and toddlers, and taking selfies right at the edge. My heart was in my mouth at the behaviour. It is not safe out there, folks, be careful.

Oh, and a very steep climb back!
Written April 25, 2024
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Alipa50
Wellington, New Zealand1,628 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021 • Friends
Beautiful short stroll to this unique beach. It’s all downhill on the way there and a steep uphill stroll for about 20 mins return. Views all the way on a wide well maintained tracks suitable for all abilities.
Written May 16, 2021
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JedAfterthought
Levin, New Zealand257 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2021 • Family
This is a fantastic track to an extraordinary coast but you must be prepared for a long hard slog back up the hill. We walked in drizzle and still loved it. Amazing weathered rock formations at the end of the steep descent. Time your visit for close to low tide if you want to go right down to the beach: but it is still stunning if the tide is unsuitable.
Written January 3, 2021
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Cjbenck
Perth, Australia196 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
We researched this place and looked at the tides before going and timed it right for the visit.

This walk must be done with GOOD footwear and on a day where the weather isn't raining and too windy.

The walk down is on compacted clay paths - these would be super slippery when wet as there is no steps. The slope made my legs hurt more on the way down trying not to slip than on the way back up.

The views are amazing and the wind that comes off the ocean is very strong. Dress for the cold.

The tunnel has steps cut into the limestone which are small and wet - take it slow walking up and down.

Its a great place to walk to - worth the workout to get there. Walking back up was a big cardio workout and I am so happy we took water and asthma medication.

Considering we aren't super fit still went up and back in 1 hour.
Written August 9, 2022
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817sandramp
Adelaide, Australia310 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
The walk down to the "tunnel" was steep and slippery, due to rain the previous night. It took us about half an hour to walk from where we'd parked the RV (and there wasn't much in the way of parking) to the clifftops where the tunnel begins. It looked like work was being done to provide more carparking at the top of the track. The tunnel itself was interesting and clambering down on to the "beach" and up onto some rocks was challenging.
Written June 9, 2023
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