Time Required : 2-3 hours
Located around 7.5 kms southwest of the city of Dunedin in South Island, New Zealand, Tunnel Beach is a spectacular and evocative beach backed by the Pacific Ocean which is blessed with rocky sandstone cliffs, mysterious caves, rugged arches, sea-carved headlands, gurgling waterfalls, massive rocky boulders and exotic vantage points. Aside from the numerous natural features and elements that make the beach look surreal and out of the world, the highlight of Tunnel Beach is the namesake hand-carved rock tunnel.
It was built by a local politician, John Cargill, son of Captain William Cargill in the 1870s for his family. The tunnel was originally just a simple slope; however, now it also has a flight of steps leading to it which was added when the tunnel was open for the public in 1983. It still gives an amateurish and unpolished labour look with straw and raw material sticking out at places, and signs of handwork. Considered to be one of the most romantic spots in all of Dunedin, the secluded spot is perfect to spend some quality time with your loved ones or just to revel in solitude. Tunnel Beach track offers visitors a great way to take in the unpolished splendour of Tunnel Beach and it's surroundings. A quick hour-long walk that skirts along the jagged coastline and rustic cliffside, this walking trail shows you Tunnel Beach from a new perspective.