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Dunedin Tunnels trail

cycle and walking trail from mosgiel to dunedin




Mosgiel-Dunedin 15km

Wingatui-Dunedin 12km

Abbotsford-Dunedin 8.5km

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 Project

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

Budget $TBA

Expected completion 2017/2018

  • 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

Budget $TBA

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

Budget $TBA

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!!!

Donate via Givealittle

Stage 1:

Gain access to the southern portal of the Wingatui tunnel which is privately owned. Having negotiated over a long period we have been able to secure the property on Gladstone Road in conjunction with the DCC.   An easement will be created over this private land before it is on-sold.  Please note: this is still private land with no public access.  We have agreement with the northern portal land owner for future access via 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.


324 Gladstone Rd North, Wingatui., the Southern Portal of the Chain Hills tunnel.


How Can You Help?

Donate: Via our Givealittle Page
Lend us $: email us on Contact @ and we will send you information
Share: our stories and be an advocate – tell people about the project - encourage them to donate or lend – every bit helps.


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 City Council

Dunedin City Council

Rotary Club of Taieri

Rotary Club of Taieri

Dunedin Amenities Society

All those generous individuals who were able to provide loans and donations for the project!



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To contact us, please email us at

or call Gerard Hyland- Chair of DTTT

021 310 046

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