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Tunnel Beach, Dunedin

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Discover the wild and isolated beauty of Tunnel Beach, carved by the sea from the surrounding sandstone cliffs. Descend the winding track, starting 150 m (490 ft) above sea level and passing through the sandstone itself, and find yourself surrounded by sheer cliffs, rock arches, and caves beaten for ages by the relentless sea. Commissioned in the 1870s by a local politician, the tunnel allows visitors to use the otherwise inaccessible beach. Walk with care and wear shoes suitable for steep and slipery terrain. Make Tunnel Beach a part of your Dunedin vacation plans using our Dunedin family vacation planner.
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  • To get to the beach is a peaceful walk as it is descent, up tired a bit, but it's worth it. Arriving at the beach, we were able to see seals resting:). It's a very safe, quiet ...
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  • Great view and unusual story about the tunnel. the walk down has amazing views and you not only have the tunnel to walk through but also the amazing cliffs and head land to explore. was extremely wind...  more »
  • Tunnel Beach is just 2kms south of Dunedin and offers stunning coastal views and sea cliffs as well as a hand-made tunnel (carved in 1870s to allow access to a secluded beach). It is a fairly easy one...  more »