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Dunedin and the Otago Peninsula Wildlife Tour provided by Back to Nature Tours

Dunedin and the Otago Peninsula Wildlife Tour

Dunedin and the Otago Peninsula Wildlife Tour
4.5
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from $205.00 per adult
Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
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What you can expect during your visit
Gear/equipment sanitised between use
Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
Guides required to regularly wash hands
What you can expect during your visit
Gear/equipment sanitised between use
Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
Guides required to regularly wash hands
About
Know before you go
  • Duration: 7h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
Know before you go
  • Duration: 7h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
What to expect
See the highlights of Dunedin, Larnach Castle and the penguins of the Otago Peninsula — all in one day. After morning pickup from your Dunedin hotel or the Port Chalmers cruise port, your guide transports you by minivan throughout the city. Get a look at steep Baldwin Street, the University of Otago and Dunedin Railway Station, renowned for its ornate Renaissance Revival design. You’ll pass Dunedin Town Hall and St Paul's Anglican Cathedral in the Octagon — the lively city center — and step out at the Signal Hill lookout for a wider view. Next, explore the extensive Larnach Gardens with your guide before free time to meander at your own pace. Opt to tour the mansion for a historical overview, including rumors of its haunting (choose the Castle option when booking). You can purchase lunch at the ballroom cafe adjacent to Larnach Castle before continuing on. Upon arrival at a nearby nature reserve on the Otago Peninsula, you’re greeted by a naturalist guide for a tour to observe New Zealand’s yellow-eyed penguins. A moderate walk plus a descent of 90 steps takes you through hides for close-up viewing of the nesting site without disturbing the world’s rarest penguins. Then rejoin your minivan for the drive to Taiaroa Head to visit nesting grounds for the northern royal albatross. Search for seabirds with the widest wingspans gliding over the headlands. Then marvel at the coastline on the return to Dunedin where your day trip ends.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 6586ROYAL
Call +1 855 275 5071
Important information
Inclusions
Local guide • Transport by air-conditioned minivan • Hotel/Port pickup and drop-off • Entry/Admission - Larnach Castle & Gardens • Entry/Admission - Penguin Place
Exclusions
Food and drinks, unless specified • Gratuities
Duration
7h
Departure details
Traveller pickup is offered.
Dunedin i-SITE Visitor Information Centre, 50 The Octagon, Dunedin Central, Dunedin 9016, New Zealand
Ports:
Port Chalmers Cruise Terminal, 21 Beach Street, Port Chalmers 9023, New Zealand
Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Inclusions
Local guide • Transport by air-conditioned minivan • Hotel/Port pickup and drop-off • Entry/Admission - Larnach Castle & Gardens • Entry/Admission - Penguin Place
Exclusions
Food and drinks, unless specified • Gratuities
Departure details
Traveller pickup is offered.
Dunedin i-SITE Visitor Information Centre, 50 The Octagon, Dunedin Central, Dunedin 9016, New Zealand
Ports:
Port Chalmers Cruise Terminal, 21 Beach Street, Port Chalmers 9023, New Zealand
Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Duration
7h
Return details
Returns to original departure point
Additional information
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
A moderate amount walking is involved, there are 90 steps at the penguin reserve. A moderate level of fitness is required
Bring a waterproof jacket , sunglasses, hat and closed-toe shoes suitable for walking
Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
Departure time may change depending on cruise ship schedule
We guarantee you will see at least 1 penguin, but please be aware penguins are wild and shy birds and sightings may be limited
Not wheelchair accessible
Stroller accessible
Near public transportation
Most travellers can participate
This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travellers
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    Dunedin i-SITE Visitor Information Centre
    Or, you can also get picked up
    See Important Information for details
  • 1
    Signal Hill
    Stop: 7 minutes
    See details
  • 2
    Baldwin Street: The Steepest Street in the World
    Stop: 7 minutes
    See details
  • 3
    University of Otago
    Stop: 7 minutes
    See details
  • 4
    Dunedin Railway Station
    Stop: 10 minutes
    See details
  • 5
    Otago Peninsula
    Stop: 5 hours
    See details
  • 6
    Larnach Castle & Gardens
    Stop: 75 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • 7
    Penguin Place
    Stop: 90 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • 8
    Taiaroa Head
    Stop: 30 minutes
    See details
  • You'll end at
    Dunedin i-SITE Visitor Information Centre
    50 The Octagon, Dunedin Central, Dunedin 9016, New Zealand
    See address & details
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Popular mentions

4.5
23 reviews
Excellent
19
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Brian Carlmichal
1 contribution
Awesome tour!!!
Nov 2020 • Solo
Awesome tour, it was just me, my partner and driver/tour guide/overall friend Ben. He was very knowledgeable about the places and wildlife, because of him and this tour we were able to see yellow eyed penguins, albatrosses, sea lions and the only "castle" in New Zealand for the very first time! I highly recommend this tour company to all! great service!

P.S. Give Ben a raise
Written 2 December 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Back2NatureTours
Hi Brian, Thanks for the 5 star review. We're glad you enjoyed your time with us in Ōtepoti - Haste Ye Back!
Written 15 December 2020
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Anne M
1 contribution
Beautiful Dunedin
Aug 2020
Our tour guide was brilliant. I loved the tour but was a bit disappointed that we didn't have tickets to see the albatross. Our guide managed to spot two flying in from the sea and they were magnificent. Larnach castle was suburb.
Written 12 August 2020
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Back2NatureTours
Thanks for the great 5 star review, it makes our porridge taste sweeter in the morning:) Sadly the Albatross Centre's 1 hour wildlife tour isn't included in the tour price. We take our guests to the best viewing point depending on weather conditions so were super happy you managed to see a couple! Your a Back to Nature Legend Haste Ye Back!
Written 15 December 2020
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petaswan
Sydney, Australia3 contributions
Yellow-Eyed Penguins
Mar 2020
The tour is a good combination of civilisation - sightseeing in Dunedin and Larnarch Castle - and nature - sea lions, seals, yellow-eyed penguins.
Written 12 March 2020
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Back2NatureTours
Hi petaswan, Thank you for your 5 star review, it really inspires us! Our tours have been crafted to make sure you get an experience that is well balanced and not rushed. We aim to get you out the vehicle as much as possible to enjoy the amazing scenery we have here. Glad you enjoyed it! Haste Ye Back!
Written 29 March 2020
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Miles Plueger
Minneapolis, MN1 contribution
Great excursion for people getting off of a cruise ship
Jan 2020
Maybe it was the beautiful scenery, maybe it was the very friendly tour guide, maybe it was both, regardless, this was an amazing excursion. Although it really caters to those who are getting off of a cruise ship and have very little time, we spent just about the right amount of time at every location. Although some wildlife was not as abundant as I expected, my guide Glen was super knowledgeable about the area and what we should have been expecting to see. We saw everything expected except for albatross, which was a bummer, but it did not take away from the overall experience. Glen really helped to make this my favorite city in New Zealand. I recommend this tour for anyone getting off a cruise ship and I highly recommend my guide as well,
Written 9 February 2020
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Back2NatureTours
Hi milezplu, Thanks for your 5 star review! Our small group tours allow our guides to be personable, it s a real focus for us. Small groups allow us to get people on and off the bus quickly, where we can make the most of the places we stop. We're glad you enjoyed your time with us and hope to see you back in New Zealand one day. Your a Back to Nature legend, Haste Ye Back!
Written 17 February 2020
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Przemysław L
1 contribution
Marvelous Otago
Feb 2020 • Family
The excursion to Otago Peninsula was one of highlights of our stay in NZ. The guide-driver was the best of the kind I ever met. Very knowlwdgeable, friendly and always willing to share the infos about what we see. The excursion itself is a great combination of visiting the city of Dunedin and admiring and observing the wildlife on the Peninsula. Very highly recommended if one has one day in the region.
Written 8 February 2020
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Back2NatureTours
Thanks for this stunning 5 star review. We have a pretty solid team of guides and we're thrilled yours was the 'best of the kind' you've ever met! What a great way to describe a guide! This could very well be the review of the year - thanks for taking the time to make our day:) Dunedin misses you - Haste Ye Back!
Written 17 February 2020
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Tarja R
2 contributions
Great tour and super informative guide
Jan 2020
We chose the Royal Peninsula tour from back to nature as we had used these guys the last time we were in Dunedin doing a short 1/2 day tour , this time we wantec the whole day experience and they did not dissapoint , they picked us promptly from the port terminal and took us for a great full day through the city and Otago Peninsular with enfersise on the wildlife of the area the highlights where penguin place and the sealions.
Our guide was very knowledgeable and entertaining the highest praise i can give is that at no point was my 9 year old daughter bored and was even dissapointed when we had to return to the port to reboard our cruise ship
Two thumbs don't miss out on a day with these guys it made our fourth trip to Dunedin one to remember
Written 1 February 2020
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Back2NatureTours
Hi 470tarjar, Thank you for your 5 Star Review! Its amazing how many people come back to Dunedin, we're so happy you decided to choose Back to Nature Tours again - Your an honorary Back To Nature Legend, if you come back to Dunedin for a third time let us know and you'll go free of charge! All the best for 2020! Haste Ye Back!
Written 3 February 2020
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Dorthy K
Llano, TX5 contributions
Comprehensive
Jan 2020 • Friends
Our tour guide gave us a complete tour of the area with commentary. It was a good mix of city, country side, and animals. The guide, Ollie, was very familiar with the penguins and we were able to spot several in the wild.
Written 23 January 2020
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Back2NatureTours
Hi Dorothy, Thanks for your feedback - we're really glad you enjoyed your time with us here in Dunners. Haste Ye Back!
Written 3 February 2020
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Brian F
San Francisco, CA2 contributions
Great tour operator, and outstanding guide.
Dec 2019
First off, I appreciate that the operator (Back to Nature Tours) did not cancel my tour - although they had the right to: all of the other members had canceled, and I had a solo tour. Ben, the tour guide, was very knowledgeable about the native wildlife, and he was successful in locating four rare Yellow-eyed Penguins, including one chick. For me, seeing penguins in the wild is one of the coolest things I have ever seen, and I recommend this tour.
Written 25 December 2019
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Hi Brian, We're all about making your experience in Dunedin the best it can be. We did have a number of cancellations that day but were determined not to cancel your tour - thanks for the 5 star review!
Written 12 January 2020
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Les P
1 contribution
Dunedin and Otago wildlife
Nov 2019
Our tour ran smoothly and we thoroughly enjoyed our trip around Dunedin and the beautiful Otago Peninsular. Our guide Ben was informative and enthusiastically showcased the magnificent scenery of the Otago area. He showed us lots of birds and the fur seals on the beach was impressive.
Written 2 November 2019
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Back2NatureTours
Hi LesP, Thank you for your kind feedback - I've just passed that on to Ben who is coincidentally in the office. His comment was 'it was a great group on a great day'! Your a Back to Nature Legend, if your ever back in Dunedin get in touch for some 'mates rates'. Haste Ye Back!
Written 3 November 2019
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michael n
Dunedin, New Zealand1 contribution
Wildlife tour
Excellent trip, knowledgeable and very helpful guide, saw everything as promised, saw seals up close, albatross were amazing.
Written 11 June 2019
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Back2NatureTours
Hi Michael n, Thanks for making time to write a review for us, we really appreciate that. As you know, wildlife is unpredictable so it makes for a special day when you get to see everything. We hope you enjoyed the rest of your travels around NZ and wish you all the best. Haste Ye Back!
Written 18 August 2019
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madelinequah
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Excellent tour with breathtaking scenic views
Ben, my knowledgable guide started me off with Baldwin Street, then down Otago Uni and around the beautiful Peninsu
118materesal
118materesal
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Well spent day in Dunedin! It was an awesome experience.
Highly recommended day your - Chris was nice, friendly and very informative. Will definitely recommend this to my
richardtL9568WQ
richardtL9568WQ
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Otago Peninsula
We were very fortunate to see the both sealions and fur seals on a picture perfect beach on the Otago peninsula.
Shirley G
Shirley G
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The train was great but peninsula excellent
Great to be picked up and expected the Taieri Gorge Railway trip would be the highlight but no. The shuttle trip ar
Cy1175
Cy1175
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Soaring South Island Scenery
Architectural highlights of Dunedin included Otago University, Railroad station and steepest street in the world. L
E2493VXaliciar
E2493VXaliciar
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Fantastic
Our guide Mel was very knowledgeable and humourous. I loved watching the sea lions and penguins. Lanarch Castle the
JLS1125
JLS1125
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Dunedin and Otago Peninsula Wildlife Tour with Optional Larnach Castle Visit
A near-perfect day in terms of the tour, guide and weather. The tour was well designed with adequate time at each
JohnWTravel
JohnWTravel
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Outstanding, educational and scenic, tour
We did this tour during a cruise ship port stop. Our group of 12 was very comfortable in our tour vehicle, and our
terif413
terif413
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Amazing Day In Dunedin!
Our day with James was amazing! He was knowledgeable about Dunedin, the indigenous culture and all the wildlife in
Dolly502014
Dolly502014
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Half day
Chris picked us up from the ship in a minibus. As he’s lived in Dunedin for a number of years he was very knowledge
Annie S
Annie S
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Wonderful experience
The trip began with a very friendly guide meeting us at the port exit. The day got even better from then. The tra
rma7477
rma7477
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Nice trip and ride
I would recommend this day excursion as it gives a nice ride and taste of the country side through the area. The tr
khowlettt
khowlettt
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Rainy Day in Dunedin
We were only in Dunedin for one day and this tour gave us a good overview of the area. Our guide was very knowledge
KScott55
KScott55
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Great driver/guide (Scott). Comfortable van.
Tour was as described. Had some fog in the morning but cleared late morning. Driver Scott was very informative an
928kevinl
928kevinl
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An outstanding tour with Oli!
We had a very delightful tour. Our guide/driver Oli is exceptional. He is very knowledgable, personable, interesti
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