Visit Tunnel Beach in Dunedin

This short walk goes through an excavated tunnel kids will love, to a secluded beach and a spectacular, rocky coastline. Tunnel Beach Walk provides spectacular coastal views including a natural archway / land bridge alongside a buttress like headland covered in coastal turf. The walk includes access through a historic 1870’s tunnel to a small but beautiful beach nestled amongst towering cliffs.

How do you find the beach?

Tunnel Beach is to the south of Dunedin. Start at the car park on Tunnel Beach Road, signposted off Blackhead Road.

From Tunnel Beach Road end, climb the stile and follow the fenced track downhill to the spectacular, rocky coastline. At the end of the track, a short tunnel with steps leads down to a secluded beach. The track is steep in some sections and walking shoes are advised. The coastal vegetation on the headland is special and easily damaged. Respect the vegetation by remaining behind the barrier and taking photos only.

  • Parking is available on the roadside and is limited.
  • There is no point to turn on the road.
  • The beach area is tidal and prone to rogue waves. There are caves to explore but make sure to check the tide timetable to avoid getting trapped.
  • This is not a swimming beach.

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