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Man Built A Tunnel To A Beach After Losing His Daughter Over 100 Years Ago And It’s Still There Today

When someone you love dies tragically, it is a pain that is indescribable to anyone else. It is a void in your heart that leaves you feeling alone and lost. A pain that I hope you don’t ever have to experience. John Cargill, son of Captain William Cargill, lost his youngest to a rip tide in the 1870s. As expected, John was devastated. Instead of falling into a deep depression, he used his grief and decided to create something beautiful in memory of his youngest daughter. He chipped away at a sandstone coastline south of Dunedin, New Zealand, creating a tunnel beach walkway. The results are spectacular.

To get to the tunnel, it is about a 20 minute walk and the views are sensational.

Man Built A Tunnel To A Beach After Losing His Daughter Over 100 Years Ago And It’s Still There Today
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Once you reach the tunnel, it is only 72 steps total in length.

Man Built A Tunnel To A Beach After Losing His Daughter Over 100 Years Ago And It’s Still There Today
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Looking at the walls of the tunnel, you can tell this was all done by hand by the grieving father.

Man Built A Tunnel To A Beach After Losing His Daughter Over 100 Years Ago And It’s Still There Today
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Once you walk through the short tunnel, you are here.

Man Built A Tunnel To A Beach After Losing His Daughter Over 100 Years Ago And It’s Still There Today
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To your own private beach.

Man Built A Tunnel To A Beach After Losing His Daughter Over 100 Years Ago And It’s Still There Today
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And it is absolutely beautiful.

Man Built A Tunnel To A Beach After Losing His Daughter Over 100 Years Ago And It’s Still There Today
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I think it is safe to say his daughter would be pleased with this, too.

Man Built A Tunnel To A Beach After Losing His Daughter Over 100 Years Ago And It’s Still There Today
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The only way to access this beach is through the private tunnel he created.

Man Built A Tunnel To A Beach After Losing His Daughter Over 100 Years Ago And It’s Still There Today
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Man Built A Tunnel To A Beach After Losing His Daughter Over 100 Years Ago And It’s Still There Today
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This beautiful tunnel beach walkway is worth every minute of it. There are incredible discoveries to be made within the rock along the way. Many people find ancient fossils or creative carvings too. You can learn more about where this is and directions here.

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