Dunedin’s Best Shore Excursion

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Tour #DB2NFD Price Adult: $193.00
Child: NZ$125.00 (5-14yrs)
Duration: 8 Hours
Depart: Morning

guarantee badgeIf you’re looking to explore Dunedin this tour showcases Dunedin’s Otago Peninsula and offers the opportunity to have up close encounters with some of our endangered wildlife like the Yellow Eyed Penguin and the Royal Albatross.

Come with us and explore Dunedin’s heritage, culture, ambience and wildlife in the natural.

We will pick up @ Port Chalmers – we generally pick up clients at 8.45am inside the port and returned at least 1 hour prior to the ships scheduled departure time.

 We take you to see some of the key attractions of the ‘Scottish’ city of the South Island. It’s a great opportunity to get off the bus and enjoy the unique views and historic architecture. Your guide will provide an informative interpretation of a city that has some of the finest and oldest buildings in the country.

Baldwin Street – This is in the Guinness book of records as the ‘steepest street in the world’ and has opened the lungs of visitors world-wide.

Signal Hill – A drive to the top of Signal Hill will allow us to point out the key features of our city.

Otago University – The Scots were and are great believers in education, the original Otago University building is an architectural masterpiece, it was built in 1869 and the first university of New Zealand.

Dunedin Railway Station – This building is an absolute gem and they certainly don’t make them like this anymore. Originally the people of Dunedin were unhappy with the amount of time and money involved in constructing this architectural masterpiece but these days it represents the pride of a city that helped build the foundations of New Zealand.


Larnach Castle* – this is the highlight for many. Learn about our native plants as our guide takes you for a wee nature walk through the native gardens. About 80% of New Zealand flora is endemic so we look forward to introducing you to some of these species. You also have the option of going inside the castle that has been restored to its original grandeur or choose to wander the gardens that are of international significance.

*(Additional $26.00 NZD per person)

Lunch opportunity (additional cost ) – enjoy lunch in Larnach Castles’ Ballroom Cafe or alternatively book a packaged lunch with us and enjoy this picnic style in the beautiful gardens surrounding Larnach Castle  with magnificent harbour views .

 Then we take you to the places the big buses can’t which offers flexibility  enjoying a  chance encounter with  the local wildlife.

Enjoy a scenic tour of the Otago Peninsula – you will see some of the finest scenery of the peninsula as we take to the narrow gravel roads.

Bird watching – The Otago Peninsula is home to many species of wader and waterfowl. The scenic inlets and harbour provide a vital food source that attract birdwatchers from all over the world.

Otakou Marae – All access points to the sea on the peninsula would have been visited and inhabited at some point by the Maori, a people of the elements. (please note we do not go into the Marae).

 Tairoa Head –  where the Northern Royal Albatross can often be seen gliding overhead. A great chance to view one of the largest sea-birds in the world at their only mainland breeding colony. Our guide will take you to the best observation point to see the Royal Albatross and tell you about this gigantic bird which spends most of its life at sea but chooses to come to this spot each year to breed.

yellow-eyed-penguinsYellow-Eyed Penguin Reserve (Penguin Place) – view one of the rarest penguins in the world through a series of tunnels and hides. The tour duration is 1.5 hours and involves easy walking and  viewing of this endangered species. It is now estimated that there are only 600-800 breeding pairs alive in NZ, therefore we donate a portion of your tour to their conservation, so thank you for participating in their survival for the future.

NB: Viewing of  Penguins, Royal Albatross and Sea Lions is expected but not guaranteed as these are  all free to come and go in the wild naturally  .

Drop – Off @ your cruise ship -Port Chalmers (at least 1 hour prior to sailing)

Clients will be fully refunded the next working day if their ship is unable to make it into port due to weather or mechanical difficulties. We hope this gives you peace of mind when booking

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