About 150 years ago, John Cargill, son of Captain William Cargill, lost his youngest to a rip tide. She drowned and his heart has broken, then, he hand-carved a passage through the thick stone of a sandstone coastline south of Dunedin, New Zealand. This is his final gift for his daughter, and it still stands today. This is a touching tribute from a grieving father to his lost child.
Though it happened centuries ago, but it still very touching and the Tunnel Beach is definitely worth seeing.
The Tunnel Beach walk takes about 20 minutes, and it’s gorgeous the entire way.
You’ll make your way through cool, sandstone tunnel that is 72 steps in total.
By the markings on the walls, you can tell this was excavated by hand.
Once you’re through the tunnel…
You step out onto a private, beautiful beach.
It’s away from the hustle and bustle of other nearby beaches.
This was Cargill’s final gift to his daughter.
The tunnel is the only way you can reach this private beach, full of unexplored caves and crevices.
It’s a beautiful spot for locals and tourists alike.