Despite Dunedin’s harsh winters, it has some of the best beaches and coastal scenery in New Zealand. Today, we’re exploring the Dunedin Tunnel Beach walking track. The southerly that greeted us a couple of days ago, has gone. This was our morning stroll along the beautiful misty St Clair Beach.
Dunedin’s St Clair Beach
There were many locals out enjoying this famous landmark. Michael checked out the salt water pools for his morning swim. It’s a good facility with a café attached. If you look hard, you can see it right at the end here.
There are few places in New Zealand that have both beautiful beaches and a dramatic cliff coastline. Dunedin does! The Dunedin Tunnel Beach walking track is accessed from St Clair and has the most fantastic sculptured limestone cliffs.
Dunedin Tunnel Beach Walking Track
Sturdy walking shoes with a good tread is essential on the Dunedin Tunnel Beach walking track. The track is wide but rather steep and a good level of fitness is required. Today I saw saw a woman struggling back with her baby in a pushchair! During peak season, there are many visitors here.
The views along the track are mesmerizing and at first, you won’t notice that the track is getting steeper. I quickly fell behind and Michael became a tiny figure in the distance.
Its worth making it down to the that piece of rock jutting out in the far distance. The views will overload your senses. There is no barrier fence here so be careful with getting your loved ones to step back for a photo.
See what I mean!
For time-strapped travellers, the Dunedin Tunnel Beach walking track is perfect. Its an hour-long walk is perfect and great for your fitness. But it also reveals a beautiful part of Dunedin, a city with many charms.