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Dunedin Shore Excursion: Small-Group Tour of Dunedin and the Otago Peninsula provided by Back to Nature Tours

Dunedin Shore Excursion: Small-Group Tour of Dunedin and the Otago Peninsula

Dunedin Shore Excursion: Small-Group Tour of Dunedin and the Otago Peninsula
4.5
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from $85.00 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
While your cruise ship is in port at Dunedin, make an easy trip to the Otago Peninsula. After brief sightseeing in the city center, your guide takes you on a scenic shore excursion to Dunedin’s outskirts. Pass by seaside villages and enjoy panoramic lookout points on the coast. Minivan transport is limited to 19 passengers.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 3h 30m
  • 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: 3h 30m
  • 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.
Highlights
Dunedin shore excursion includes city center highlights
Visit one of the Otago Peninsula's most scenic beaches
Snap pics of sea lions basking on shore
Half-day trip includes minivan pickup from Port Chalmers
What to expect
Coastal inlets and and harbor views highlight this Dunedin shore excursion to the Otago Peninsula. Start your half-day tour when your cruise ship docks in Port Chalmers, just outside Dunedin. You’ll meet your guide at a dockside meeting point, then board your vehicle for the short drive to the city center. A scenic route delivers you above the Otago Harbour where you’ll appreciate the vista over the Otago Peninsula. Upon reaching Dunedin, your guide makes a stop at the charming Dunedin Railway Station for a photo op before departing the city for its outskirts. Leaving the paved path, your vehicle follows coastal tracks alongside scenic inlets frequented by seabirds. Hear commentary about the geothermal activity that shaped this region over eons. You’ll disembark for a short walk on a gorgeous beach for a glimpse of New Zealand sea lions — aka Hooker's sea lions — that often bask here. Continue to a peninsular lookout for views of Cape Saunders, then take a gravel road to Dunedin’s leafy suburbs, such as Portobello, St Clair and Brighton. Enjoy stops at several vista points overlooking Otago Harbour before weaving in and out of the harbor-side bays on the return journey to the cruise port. Worry-free Shore Excursion:We will ensure your excursion ends with ample time for you to return to the Dunedin port for your ship’s departure. In the extremely unlikely event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of-call. If your ship is delayed and you are unable to attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 6586PRT_DUN2
Call +1 855 275 5071
Important information
Inclusions
Live commentary on board • Professional guide • Transport by air-conditioned minivan • Pickup and drop-off from designated meeting points • Worry-free Shore Excursion Guarantee • Entry/Admission - Dunedin Beach
Exclusions
Food and drinks, unless specified • Gratuities • Viewing of wildlife is not guaranteed
Duration
3h 30m
Departure details
Traveller pickup is offered.
If your cruise ship is late please just make your way to the meeting point for further instruction
Ports:
Port Chalmers (Also called Port Otago)
Inclusions
Live commentary on board • Professional guide • Transport by air-conditioned minivan • Pickup and drop-off from designated meeting points • Worry-free Shore Excursion Guarantee • Entry/Admission - Dunedin Beach
Exclusions
Food and drinks, unless specified • Gratuities • Viewing of wildlife is not guaranteed
Departure details
Traveller pickup is offered.
If your cruise ship is late please just make your way to the meeting point for further instruction
Ports:
Port Chalmers (Also called Port Otago)
Duration
3h 30m
Additional information
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Collapsible wheelchairs with removable wheels can be accommodated providing the passenger is accompanied by someone who can assist them board and disembark
A moderate amount of walking is involved as well as uneven surfaces
Viewing of wildlife is not guaranteed
Please wear comfortable clothing, sun protection and closed-toe shoes, suitable for walking
Departure time may change depending on cruise ship schedule
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 15 travellers
Itinerary
  • You'll get picked up
    See Important Information for details
  • 1
    Baldwin Street: The Steepest Street in the World
    Stop: 5 minutes
    See details
  • 2
    Dunedin Beach
    Stop: 20 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • 3
    Dunedin Railway Station
    Stop: 10 minutes
    See details
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4.5
24 reviews
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Andy T
1 contribution
Otago Peninsula
Mar 2020
We were very fortunate to see the both sealions and fur seals on a picture perfect beach on the Otago peninsula.
Written 20 March 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Back2NatureTours
Hi richardtL9, Thanks for the 5 star review. You never really know what your going to see on our tours, I guess that's why our guides love taking travelers out onto the peninsula. Great to see you saw to NZ fur seals and NZ Sea-lions, they both have their own amazing stories that we love talking about. Your a person that lives for the moment, we're glad you enjoyed your day here. Haste Ye Back!
Written 29 March 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Teri F
4 contributions
Amazing Day In Dunedin!
Our day with James was amazing! He was knowledgeable about Dunedin, the indigenous culture and all the wildlife in the area. Great sense of humor, customized the tour for the 8 of us and we couldn’t have had a better day!
Written 8 March 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Back2NatureTours
Hi terif413, Great to hear you enjoyed your time in Dunedin! Thanks for the 5 start review - it inspires us:) Haste Ye Back!
Written 29 March 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Karen
Chicago, IL5 contributions
Rainy Day in Dunedin
Feb 2020
We were only in Dunedin for one day and this tour gave us a good overview of the area. Our guide was very knowledgeable about the area and did his best to entertain us, even though the weather was not very nice on this particular day so the views weren't great or even visible. We only got to see one sleeping female seal, but it was still a good way to spend half a day.
Written 22 February 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Back2NatureTours
Hi khowlettt, Thanks for your feedback. Heavy rain is a real challenge when your a tour guide. The night before your trip we knew it was coming and prepared as best we could, all our bus windows were wiped down with de-fogging wipes and our guides understood the challenge that lay before them. The rain that day was relentless. Combined with the low level fog visibility was only a few metres! On these types of days many would just read a book in front of the fire, but you got out and about and had a real authentic Dunedin experience! All the best.
Written 29 March 2020
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Jondie88
Wagga Wagga, Australia10 contributions
Couldn’t have been better
Jan 2020 • Family
We were met at the cruise terminal which was too easy. Everything was on time. I think our guide was Marty. He was amazing. Full of information. He took us to an extra stop which was fantastic and unexpected. The tour was nice a small as suggested which makes it much nicer. This was our first port of call on our cruise and it’s was effortless and a really great day. By far the best part and the kids couldn’t believe it was whilst walking along the beach a sea lion rode a wave in and came right up to us on the beach we were amazed at how lucky we were to witness that. Thankyou again for an amazing half day trip.
Written 9 February 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Back2NatureTours
Hi Jondie88, One of the main concerns cruise ship passengers have is where do they meet us when they disembark - this review will hopefully reassure people that its pretty easy here in Dunedin. Infact, we made a short video on our web-site recently to show how easy it was:) I'll pass this on to Marty, we're so glad that Sea-Lion surfed that wave for you and made your kids day! You make your own luck in this world, thanks for coming out with us. Haste Ye Back!
Written 17 February 2020
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Mutti1171
Miami, FL21 contributions
Great tour. Highly recommend.
This was a small group. We made many stops for picture opportunities. We had a very informative guide and we were lucky enough to see wildlife. He dropped us off in the city at our request so we could enjoy our few hours we had left before boarding our ship.
Written 4 February 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Back2NatureTours
Hi Mutti1171, Small group tours are what we are all about! This allows us to stop and take advantage of picture stops you just don't get in larger buses. We;re glad you enjoued your tour with us and made the most of your day exploring Dunedin in the afternoon - good option, about 40% of our clients do this:) Your a Back to Nature Tours legend! Haste Ye Back!
Written 17 February 2020
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Debbie
Brisbane Region, Australia2 contributions
Extremely enjoyable tour
Nov 2019
Our small group tour with Mel was great - very informative and comprehensive - saw lots of sights and wildlife, would recommend this tour to anyone who wants a good overview and understanding of the area and it’s inhabitants - Thank you
Written 15 December 2019
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Back2NatureTours
Hi U7299, Thank you for the kind 5 star review, we're really happy you enjoyed your time with Mel. She is passionate about the wildlife on the Otago Peninsula and loves to share her expert knowledge with people like you - I'll pass the feedback onto her. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Haste Ye Back!
Written 17 December 2019
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Martyn Chapman
Brisbane, Australia37 contributions
Dunedin Tour
Nov 2019
Good tour given a nice trip and our driver/guide was knowledgable and took to a beach where we were able to meet some of the local wildlife namely the New Zealand Sea Lion, would recommend this tour
Written 2 December 2019
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Back2NatureTours
Hi Mnc2606, Thanks for recommending our tour, we really enjoyed the opportunity to take you out onto the Otago Peninsula. Haste Ye Back!
Written 17 December 2019
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

davinell173
Toowoomba, Australia20 contributions
Great day spent off cruise ship
Apr 2019 • Family
Organised our own shore excursion through the company itself. Easy booking process, good communication in the lead up. They even changed our tour without any fuss when our cruise ship had an itinerary change.
We were picked up from the cruise dock and had a great guide who was very informative. Gave us plenty of opportunities for photos.
We got to see a seal pup playing in the water and a few sea lions on the beach.
Our guide even stopped in Dunedin and allowed us to do a little shopping before going back to Port Chalmers. Really enjoyable day.
Written 7 May 2019
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GrandBirdie
Greensboro, GA24 contributions
Wonderful Day
Apr 2019 • Friends
Our tour of Dunedin with Chris was wonderful. It was informative and we were afforded the opportunity to make several stops for photographs.
Written 28 April 2019
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alexysmom
Lakewood, CA5 contributions
Great Tour!
Mar 2019 • Couples
We had such a wonderful day with Oli exploring Dunedin and the peninsula. The information that he provided was so enlightening and brought the area to life. The penguins and albatross were awesome, and we learned so much about local birds and plants (and bats). Chris was also very easy to work with in booking the tour. Highly recommended!
Written 28 March 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

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madelinequah
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
briantorres15
briantorres15
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Awesome tour!!!
Awesome tour, it was just me, my partner and driver/tour guide/overall friend Ben. He was very knowledgeable about
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
U4178YAannem
U4178YAannem
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Beautiful Dunedin
Our tour guide was brilliant. I loved the tour but was a bit disappointed that we didn't have tickets to see the al
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
petaswan
petaswan
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Yellow-Eyed Penguins
The tour is a good combination of civilisation - sightseeing in Dunedin and Larnarch Castle - and nature - sea lion
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
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
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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