Tunnel Beach Track, Dunedin

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Discover the wild and isolated beauty of Tunnel Beach Track, 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. Add Tunnel Beach Track to your Dunedin travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Dunedin trip app .
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  • If you like panoramic views, like I do, then this track to Tunnel Beach is unlikely to disappoint. Yes, it's a steep and arduous climb both there and back (but especially up, upon returning), but the ...  more »
  • Although it may be a bit difficult to get here without a car and the parking area may be a bit small, but rest assured, it's an amazing sight to behold. It may be a bit of a walk down, but once you ge...  more »
  • If you the low tide, you can via a tunnel dug by humans (to your left) enjoy a nice view. But if you missed this then it is regular views. The descent is firm but to do. The return took us 45 minutes.
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  • An amazing place. Quite a steep walk down (and seems even steeper up). A lovely beach and the tunnel walls are amazing, full of fossils and chisel marks. Beautiful beach with amazing sea carved cliffs and caves with great shapes and colours. Well worth an explore. Watch the tides. It was damp when I was there and the going at the bottom of the path before the tunnel was quite slippery.
  • You'll definitely need sturdy shoes and a drink bottle for the walk (or run if you're feeling fit) back up the track. Great scenery too.
  • Easy track, some people say it's wee steep. Plenty of car parks. Awesome views. Dunedin MUST DO LIST. Cheers
  • A must stop while in Dunedin. The signs say it takes an hour round trip, but we got down in 15 and back up in 25 (some in our group had limited mobility.) Amazing views and well worth the walk- just be ready for the hill!
  • It is a short 10 min walk from the car park at the end of Tunnel Beach road to the Tunnel Beach. It is nice to sit there and watch beautiful wave lines. There is a narrow tunnel that goes down to the Beach where you can sit on the big rocks in the middle of a hidden bay.

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