Green Island-Dunedin 7.5km
The Dunedin Tunnels Trail is a project to build a 15km cycle and walking trail between Dunedin and Mosgiel
In the 1870s NZ Railways built two tunnels that by 1911 were redundant. We want to open the Chain Hills tunnel and Lookout Point tunnels back up to walkers, cyclists, scooters, recreationalists, commuters, and tourists to see a special bit of our Victorian heritage and make it easy for us young or old to connect with each other. The trail will follow the old railway alignment between WIngatui and Caversham, which was in use from 1880 until 1910 It includes 2 currently disused Victorian Railway Tunnels.
The trail will provide an amenity that can be used by everyone. It will offer an alternative to commuting by car. It offers a flat dedicated walking and cycling route with no vehicular traffic connecting the fast growing town of Mosgiel to Dunedin city centre. It passes through and close to suburbs where many potential users of the trail live, such as Fairfield, Abbotsford and Green Island.
The trail consists of 3 sections that need to be completed. These sections will be worked on at the same time and opened when completed.
Section 1 Mosgiel-Abbotsford including the Chain hills Tunnel
Expected completion November 2017
- provision of easements through neighbouring properties
- surface preparation,, clearing, repairing of surface and gravel
- provision of lighting in the tunnel and trail signage
- provision of signage and on-road cycle route Mosgiel-Wingatui
Section 2 Abbotsford-Burnside
Expected completion November 2018
- negotiation with KiwiRail of use of current railway corridor for the trail
- trail surface preparation, gravel application
- trail signage
Section 3 Burnside-Caversham including the currently disused Caversham railway tunnel
Expected completion January 2019
- negotiation with DCC on tunnel use
- remedial works to tunnel entrances
- provision of lighting in the tunnel
- provision of signage
- surface preparation, clearing vegetation, repairing trail surface and gravel application
!!!We need your help!!!
You can help by offer your time, services or by donating.
This project is funded solely by donations and all work is done on a voluntary basis.
Do you support the trail and want to see it happen? Then we need your help!!!
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Gain access to the southern portal of the Wingatui tunnel which is privately owned. Having negotiated over a long period we have a conditional agreement to purchase the land – we have until 22 April 2017 to raise loans and donations. We have agreement with the northern portal land owner for access and are working with University of Otago students to create an easement. We are negotiating an agreement with Kiwirail and DCC for access to the rail corridor between the tunnel and Abbotsford and Green Island. We then re-sell the remaining property to repay the loans.
The Dunedin Tunnels Trail Trust would like to thank the following people, companies or groups that have generously donated time or money to the development of the trail.
Dunedin Amenities Society
All those generous individuals who were able to provide loans and donations for the project!
To contact us, please email us at
or call Gerard Hyland- Chair of DTTT
021 310 046
or leave a message below