Tunnel Beach gets it’s name from the hand carved tunnel that descends on to a secluded beach at the base of the Cliffs. This is a stunning walk and a must-do if you visit Dunedin.
Mr Cargill had the tunnel carved in the 1870’s for his daughter, so she could have a private beach. She tragically drowned at the beach many years later.
The walk is very steep. Downhill on the way and the up hill on the way back. prepare for some good exercise! Since it is on privately owned farm land the track is closed during lambing season (Aug – Oct).
The beautiful sandstone cliffs have been carved by nature – the wind and ocean waves.
If you visit Tunnel Beach at low tide there are some beautiful caves to explore on the beach, where you can see fosilised shells.
I recommend bringing a picnic or some snacks so you can sit and take in the breathtaking views for as long as you like!
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