What makes this walk great, is you don’t have to dedicate more than a few hours to take in the views. It’s even more perfect if either of these criteria fit you:
- you are short on time
- you aren’t a very experienced hiker
The walk both down and up is steep, so take it at your own pace. It is more common for people to visit Tunnel Beach when its low tide, but don’t neglect going if its high tide. I visited at high tide, and as you can see, it was still 100% spectacular.
What I really appreciated about the area was:
there wasn’t just one place to take photos, or one view to admire.
Above is one of the views when reaching the bottom of the trail, from there you have a few options.
In the 1870s, a man excavated a tunnel to reach a private beach so his family could be secluded in more privacy. (OOOOOOH)!!!
The beach is filled with boulders and insane looking rocks & cliffs. It makes a lot of sense why someone would go through the trouble to build a tunnel to get here, the serenity.
Head out a bit further along to the peninsula and see the waves crashing along the side and circumferential views of the coast.
*peep the cheeky little seagull who decided to model for me*
I plan to go back at low tide soon to see how much more beach and rock is exposed. If people are interested I could either update this post or do another post altogether.
I highly recommend making the pit stop if you are in the area. I did get there by car but there is the Dunedin bus system which has a few routes that stop not terribly far from the beach.
Anyone been to New Zealand and have recommendations for me??
Make sure to comment below if you do!!
I am looking forward to documenting my journey. All of the support so far has been amazing, so thank you.
Lots of love,