Tunnel Beach

  • 45 min return by the same track
  • Easy

A popular coastal walk in Dunedin that explores coastal cliffs and a hand-dug tunnel.

Tunnel Beach • By matthew. Licence: C.
Tunnel Beach: Key information
Walking time
45 min
Return by the same track
Return by the same track
No bookings — open access
No — open access
Tunnel Beach: Find it
Green Island Bush Road, Waldronville, Dunedin
Sea level – 167m
Altitude change 167m

This track drops steeply to a coastline of dramatic sandstone cliffs and a small headland of eroded archways. It is a popular walk, with a steady stream of tourists sweating their way back up to the car park. 

Tunnel Beach from secluded cove • By ledge.

Over a stile, the shingle track drops directly downhill across farmland. It bends down toward the cliff edge and a small but striking headland. Tucked into the sandstone, a dark tunnel leads downward on concrete stairs, opening out of the cliff at a secluded beach. The tunnel was commissioned by John Cargill, who lived nearby. The story that one of his daughters drowned at this beach is an urban myth.

There are a number of unfenced cliff edges on this track, and a pounding ocean that is unsafe for swimming.

ID 308

About this track

Added 1 June 2001 by matthewmatthew. 1 revision 7 November 2018 by matthewmatthew.
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