Newspaper Articles

  • 2014-10-02 Hope Remains
  • One door closes, but hope remains Read more >>


  • 2014-08-20 Long way to go
  • Organisers behind the plan to create a cycle trail between Mosgiel and Dunedin say it is going to take longer than hoped. Read more >>


  • 2013-11-07 Tunnel trails come closer
  • A dream to re-create the start of the Otago Central Rail Trail through a pair of disused rail tunnels in Dunedin has received a major boost from Government safety officials. Read more >>


  • 2013-11-06 Wheels in motion for trail
  • It is hoped ground will be broken early next year on the first stage of a project aiming to provide a cycle trail link between Mosgiel and Dunedin. Read more >>


  • 2013-01-16 Getting Traction
  • Getting Traction Read more >>


  • 2012-07-27 Channel 9 Interview 27 July 12
  • Channel 9 Presenter Callum Proctor talks to Gerard Hyland on progress with opening the tunnels: Read more >>


  • 2012-07-19 Sponsorship Mooted
  • Naming rights could help tunnel fund Read more >>


  • 2012-01-24 Caversham tunnel vision could cost $1.6m
  • The Dunedin Tunnels Trail Trust is facing a $1.6 million hurdle in its quest to reopen the old Caversham tunnel to cyclists. Read more >>


  • 2011-12-15 More gas tests needed at Caversham tunnel
  • The failure of gas-monitoring equipment after just one day inside the Caversham tunnel last month means the month-long testing programme must be repeated. Read more >>


  • 2011-08-13 Cycling through Dunedin's Hills
  • City Councillors walk through Caversham tunnel *The thought of being able to cycle between Dunedin and the Taieri Plain through two old railway tunnels is never more appealing to cyclists than when they are chugging up the Caversham hill.* *That hill and the Chain Hills and Saddle Hill are substantial barriers between the city's expanding cycling network and the flat places beyond. But those who would like to go through the hills rather than over them face another substantial barrier - the cost. Mark Price reports.* Read more >>


  • 2011-05-14 Commitment to reopen tunnel
  • The Dunedin City Council has committed to reopening the Caversham tunnel to cyclists and pedestrians, and will spend $100,000 on tunnel safety work in the next year, despite a blunt warning about the dangers inside. Read more >>


  • 2010-08-26 Report flags cheap option
  • Consultants have stopped short of discouraging the Dunedin City Council from opening the Caversham tunnel to cyclists - in a report a tunnel proponent calls short-sighted and clouded with "Rolls-Royce" price tags. Read more >>


  • 2010-05-29 Chain Hills tunnel walk was highlight
  • A walk through the 145-year-old Chain Hills rail tunnel, near Mosgiel, was once the highlight of many Noakes family birthday parties. Read more >>


  • 2010-04-06 Cyclists Prefer Tunnel
  • A plan by the New Zealand Transport Agency to create a cycleway over the Caversham Hill is not the best option for cyclists, according to the group pushing to be able to use a former rail tunnel through the hill. Read more >>


  • 2008-11-26 Delays Frustrate
  • There are still no signs of action on a proposal to convert Dunedin's Caversham Valley rail tunnel for use by pedestrians and cyclists. Read more >>


  • 2008-11-21 Push to get momentum
  • In 1907, Mr D. Reid petitioned the local council for public access; a similar proposal by the Dunedin Cyclist Coalition in 1978 had "merit" - now a Dunedin group is concerned plans to redevelop the disused Caversham Valley Rail Tunnel for cycle and pedestrian use will be ignored by the Dunedin City Council. Read more >>


  • 2008-10-28 Group has tunnel vision
  • Two tunnels 'great asset' as a Coast to Clyde trail. Read more >>


  • 2008-08-19 Tunnel Opening Explored
  • THERE may be a glimmer of light at the end of the Caversham tunnel but Gerard Hyland is having trouble seeing it. Read more >>


  • 2008-08-11 Promoted for access
  • Since 2005, Mr Hyland and fellow "Old Caversham Rail Tunnel" advocate Jane Bruce, of Dunedin, have developed plans for the disused 865m tunnel to be re-surfaced and lighting installed to provide bicycle and pedestrian access between Caversham and Green Island. Read more >>


  • 2006-05-27 Tunnel Vision
  • Only the ghosts of steam trains past echo down a disused and, to many, forgotten rail tunnel that runs from Caversham to Kaikouri Valley. Dunedin City Council reporter DAVID LOUGHREY talks to a man who wants the tunnel to be used as a walk and cycle track. Read more >>


  • 1969-12-31 Lookout Point Tunnel
  • On Thursday, the 26th Sept. [1872], about three o'clock, the piercing of the Look-Out Point Tunnel was effected by the passing of a drill between the headings on each side, and at seven yesterday morning the whole of the heading was down, and a passage opened right through from Caversham to the Kaikorai Valley. The miners at each end met literally to an inch in line and levels, and, so far as can be at present ascertained, the distance is equally correct. As this is virtually the completion of the work, we give the following particulars regarding it :-: - The tunnel enters the range near Mr Thomson's property, Caversham, and passing almost under the Industrial School, comes out in the Kaikorai Valley near Mr Lawson's flax-mill. It is 43 chains or 946 yards long, 15 feet high, and 12 feet wide. It is all through solid sandstone, and there will be no lining except half a chain at each end, where the stone is subject to the action of frosts. The roof is a Gothic arch, that form being usually adopted in tunnels that are not lined. Read more >>