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FT01: Tunnel Beach

Anyone with an urge to photograph the sunrise will enjoy this trip to Tunnel Beach.

Captain William Cargill, who built Dunedin’s second castle (now a ruin), carved a tunnel through the sandstone cliffs so his daughters could reach the secluded beach below.

A wide gravelled track leads down the hill to the cliffs above the beach, where impressive coastal vistas stretch out to the north and south. The intimate beach is accessible when tides permit.

Although high tide will be about the same time as sunrise, this time will be spent above the cliffs, where views are particularly lovely at sunrise.  As the tide goes out, people can make their way down further to the tunnel and to the beach itself.

Trip Specifics

Ambassador:Convention keynote Joe Cornish will be on this trip to answer questions and inspire your photography.
Added extras:A Sony representative will be on this trip with a selection of the latest Sony equipment for you to try.

Important Trip Information

Icons made by SimpleIcon from CC 3.0 BYThis trip is on Friday morning.
Icons made by Chanut is Industries from CC 3.0 BYThis is a trip for the fit and adventurous for two reasons: the early start for sunrise, and the uphill trek back to the bus. View DOC track information.
Icons made by Smashicons from CC 3.0 BYBring a torch/headlamp. Good footwear is essential. Wet weather gear is advised. Bring your water bottle - there is no water or other refreshments available at this location.
Icons made by Smashicons from CC 3.0 BYTransport for this trip is via Heritage Bus. Please note, these buses do not kneel like modern buses, so there is a step required to enter/exit the bus.
Icons made by Freepik from CC 3.0 BYThere are no toilets on this field trip.
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A steep hill descends 150m (500ft) from the carpark over 2km . The walkway is a well formed gravel track, but can be slippery at times and requires a good level of fitness for the climb back up the hill.
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