After a decent sleep and a recovery session from the days previous adventures we took some time out to go and explore Tunnel Beach. Tunnel Beach is located off the Dunedin to Brighton coastal road. The track starts from the car park at the seaward end of Green Island Bush Road, off Blackhead Road.

Legend has it that in the 1870’s John Cargill, a son of Captain William Cargill, hand carbed the tunnel down to the secluded beach so that the Cargill families could stroll and bath in pure blissful privacy away from the prying eyes of St Clair residents. A lot of effort for some private moments.

Getting down to the beach is a leisurely steep stroll. Make sure you take along at least 1 bottle of water. Even if you are like us and just popping down for a quick visit and not an all day beach session.  The return trek is around an hour and well worth the sweat. The views here are just amazing.



Public transport is available. Just a note – the walkway is closed for lambing from 1st of Aug- 31 Oct.

When strolling around New Zealand please follow the Outdoor Access Code.