National Convention Dunedin 2018: Field Trip to Tunnel Beach

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Anyone with an urge to photograph the sunrise will enjoy this field trip to Tunnel Beach that is part of the PSNZ National Convention “Naturally Dunedin” to be held 19 – 22 April 2018. For more details please see:

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.

Many tales tell the history of the area – some true, some pure conjecture.

What is undoubtedly true is the magic that this area offers to photographers.

A wide graveled 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.

The Friday field trip is partnered with Sony, and convention keynote and Sony Global Imaging Ambassador Joe Cornish will joining participants. A Sony representative will also be on this trip with a selection of the latest Sony equipment for you to try. On the Saturday field trip another convention keynote Steve Gosling will be joining participants.

The field trip to tunnel beach is a great opportunity to capture the dawn (and beyond), to try out new gear provided by Sony, to be inspired by one of our very special keynote speakers.

Please note, if you have already registered for the convention and now wish you had chosen this trip, spaces are still available. At this stage, you are welcome to change by contacting

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