Chain Hills Tunnel Land Purchase and Easement

$10,170 donated
Given by 84 generous donors in around 11 months

We need to purchase the property on Gladstone Rd Nth to create a shared path including cycleway through the Chain Hills Tunnel


We have raised nearly $20000 - only some of which is on the Givealittle page Thank You

The Dunedin Tunnels Trail Trust is developing a safe, family-friendly cycle and walking trail from the centre of Dunedin through to the Taieri Plains via the two Victorian tunnels at Caversham and Chain Hills.

For Stage One we need to purchase the property on Gladstone Rd Nth to create an easement to provide for a trail through the Chain Hills tunnel and on to Abbotsford and Green Island. Once the easement is created the rest of the property will be on-sold.

About us

We’re creating a trail that would:

• create a family-friendly and safe commuter, recreational, and tourist corridor between Mosgiel, Fairfield, Abbotsford, Green Island, and Dunedin via the two old rail tunnels at Caversham and Chain Hills

• provide a local accessible tourist attraction of Dunedin's heritage

• create a flat railtrail path

• enable cyclists and other trail users to be able to move away from major traffic flows

• increase awareness and participation in outdoor activities and heritage railtrail

Use of funds

The funds raised will go towards the purchase of the property and the costs of creating an easement; managing the property in the short term; and potentially subdividing a part to ensure the long-term future of the trail.

If we cannot raise the loan amount within the timeframe to purchase the property, we go back to negotiations with the landowner. Funds raised here will continue to be used towards that specific goal.

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Chain Hills Open Day Saturday 11 March  8 March 2017

Interested in having a walk through the Chain Hills tunnel? We are holding an Open Day on Saturday 11 March, 11:30am to 4:00pm, at 324 Gladstone Rd North. You will need gumboots and a torch.

Please see the full details on the Dunedin Tunnels Trail Trust Facebook page.

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Latest donations

Tony on 18 Jun 2017
May not use this very often, but will be a nice option to have. Especially if it links to the Town one.
John Young
John Young on 01 May 2017
Biking underground, no more rain!
Dunedin Tunnels Trail Trust

No rain, and no traffic either! Thank you.

Dunedin Tunnels Trail Trust
Guest Donor
Guest Donor on 01 May 2017
Dunedin Tunnels Trail Trust

Thank you for your generosity!

Dunedin Tunnels Trail Trust
Dick Pirie
Dick Pirie on 30 Apr 2017
Dunedin Tunnels Trail Trust

Thank you Dick, we appreciate your generosity and support for the Trail!

Dunedin Tunnels Trail Trust
Guest Donor
Guest Donor on 30 Apr 2017
Cross fingers you do get there - and good on the DCC
Dunedin Tunnels Trail Trust

Crossed fingers, wonderful community support, and your generosity gets us there. Thanks and Cheers!

Dunedin Tunnels Trail Trust

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This campaign started on 9 Feb 2017 and ended on 31 Dec 2017.