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

Beach at St Clair

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.

St Clair Beach in Dunedin

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

Tunnel Beach walking track signage

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.

Tunnel Beach Walking Track with Michael

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.

Tunnel Beach Walking Track steeper

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.

Tunnel Beach Peninsula

See what I mean!

Tunnel Beach Peninsula closeup

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.

Happy Travelling!

2 responses to “Dunedin Tunnel Beach Walking Track”

  1. Jan Roberts says:

    Friends of ours just moved back to Dunedin so gives us a great excuse to visit. Always charmed by the beauty of Dunedin sitting in the harbor and surrounded by the sea but Tunnel beach I am yet to visit – now definitely on my to do list after seeing these photos – wow, what an awesome and diverse country we live in. No wonder our visitors love it so much.

  2. GuestNZ says:

    I think since being on our travels Jan, it’s the diversity that we’re really loving. The beauty down here is wilder and majestic. It’s also inspirational meeting visitors on the tours we do who are just enthralled.

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