2012 Tunnel Beach Walkway

Tunnel Beach Walkway

Tunnel Beach Walkway provides access to Tunnel Beach on the cliff-lined, rocky coastline south of Dunedin.

The walkway rewards visitors with breathtaking views of the southern ocean as it descends to the beach from a carpark at the end of Green Island Bush Road.

Tunnel Beach Walkway is named after a small hand-carved tunnel and steps that can be found at the beach end of the walkway.

The tunnel was carved in the 1870s to provide access to the sheltered beach at the base of the cliffs.

Some sections of this walkway cross private land and visitors are asked to stick to the marked route, respect all signposted conditions of access and follow the New Zealand Outdoor Access Code.


Tunnel Beach Walkway is accessed from Green Island Bush Road, a short drive south of Dunedin.

Conditions and closures

To find out more about conditions of access on this walkway (eg, access with bikes, dogs or horses) and any temporary or seasonal closures, visit the Department of Conservation's website or contact the nearest Department of Conservation area office.

At a glance

Walking time: 1 hour return
Length: 2km return
Created: 30 March 1992
Controlling authority: Department of Conservation

For more information about this walkway and the surrounding area, read the Tunnel Beach Walkway page on the Department of Conservation’s website.