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Dunedin Shore Excursion: Small-Group Tour of Dunedin
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Dunedin Shore Excursion: Small-Group Tour of Dunedin

By Back to Nature Tours
Recommended by 94% of travellers
94% of reviewers gave this product a bubble rating of 4 or higher.
About

Ages 3-99, max of 18 per group
Duration: 3h 30m
Start time: Check availability
Mobile ticket
Live guide: English
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  • Port pickup and drop-off
  • Transport
  • Local taxes
What's not included
  • Gratuities


Start:
    Port pickup offered
    During checkout you will be able to select from the list of included ports.
    • Port Chalmers (Also known as Port Otago)
    End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

      • Not wheelchair accessible
      • Stroller accessible
      • Near public transportation
      If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 6586P10

      • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
      • At time of booking, Cruise ship passengers must provide the following information at time of booking: ship name, docking time, disembarkation time and re-boarding time
      • 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 tour/activity will have a maximum of 18 travellers

      • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

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      Itinerary
      • You'll get picked up
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      • 1
        Otago Peninsula
        Stop: 60 minutes
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      • 2
        Baldwin Street: The Steepest Street in the World
        Stop: 5 minutes
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      • You'll return to the starting point
      About the operator
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      • Back to Nature Tours
        337
        Dunedin, New Zealand
        Joined in September 2009
      • Luckybeckyblue
        0 contributions
        4.0 of 5 bubbles
        Beautiful scenery and cool sea lions
        This was a great tour. We enjoyed seeing the sea lions in their native habitat, and the drive through the countryside was beautiful. The beach where we saw the sea lions was deserted except for us and that was nice. We had a good guide. I'm only giving 4 stars instead of 5 because the visit to the "steepest street in the world" and the iconic train station were rushed. The view of Baldwin St was from more than a block away and we were very strictly warned that there was NOT time to actually go there. Photos of the homes on this street look cool and I would have liked to have seen it; one reason I booked this tour. It shouldn't be hard to add 10-15 minutes more to the tour and do this, since it is listed as an attraction. Otherwise a beautiful day and scenic drive.
        Written 18 April 2024
      • I7261YUgaryd
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Highly recommended
        A brilliant tour with a very knowledgable, informative guide. Thank-you Chris. Great communication before the tour and we arranged to be picked-up in Dunedin and dropped off at the cruise ship in Port Chalmers. In a short time we managed to sample just some of the many wonders of this beautiful place, thanks again.
        Written 29 March 2024
      • robertlO4600GQ
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Get a great sampling of Dunedin and the Otago Peninsula on this fun Back to Nature Tour.
        The tour guide, Chris, was informative, knowledgeable, energetic, considerate, and provided an outstanding tour. There were many sights to see sprinkled with info of some of the culture of the area. A highlight was the walk to the beach and encountering a sea lion bull. We saw a female sea lion with a pup, but from a distance. We concluded the tour with a stop at the steepest road in the world, as noted in Guinness World Book of Records.
        Written 21 March 2024
      • royz599
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Sea Lions on the beach.
        Chris picked us up from the ship in a minivan. Just the right number of people to do a small group excursion around Dunedin and the Otago Peninsula. We visited the old station, admired the buildings and wondered at the beautiful stained-glass windows and mosaic decorations on the floor. We saw beautiful old buildings and marveled at the steepest street in the world. We then travelled out of the city to look at farmland and enjoy views of the Otago Peninsula. Chris kept us entertained with his very knowledgeable commentary as we travelled. We looked forward to a walk on a beach and were not disappointed. We looked for sea-lions and saw a couple of mothers with pups in the distance. On the path to the beach, we were surprised to see a huge male sea lion snoozing in the middle of the walkway. He blocked the entire path and was fast asleep. We quietly climbed onto the grass bank and tip-toed past him, hoping he would not wake up. We were lucky to see a sea lion at such close quarters! On the beach we saw a couple more big sea lions and a youngster settling into a sheltered spot for a nap. Chris was a great tour guide, very knowledgeable and friendly. We thoroughly enjoyed our day.
        Written 11 March 2024
      • Tracey T
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Great trip
        Great half day trip, Chris was great host and very informative with his knowledge. Highly recommend for cruise people.
        Written 11 March 2024
      • L8428JAdonaldm
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Bloody good tour
        Chris was very informative and knowledgeable, he took us to private farms to see sea lions. Would do the trip again and throughly recommend.
        Written 8 March 2024
      • RhondaB217
        0 contributions
        4.0 of 5 bubbles
        Great overview of Dunedin and environs
        This was a small group tour (bus only takes 15 passengers) from our cruise ship port (Port Chalmers) and covered some really interesting areas of Dunedin, from the city and railway station out to bird colonies and a beach where there were seals (sea lions?). The guide (sorry, I can't recall his name) was most helpful and explained the history and geography well. Be aware that if you do the beach part on your tour, there is a reasonably high stile you have to climb over and about a 500 m gentle walk. You should have good walking shoes/sandals for walking in the soft sand of the dunes (the beach itself is quite hard), or remove your shoes at the beginning of the sand section and put them on after you've finished with the beach/dunes. Watch out for rabbit holes and tree roots along the walking trail too.
        Written 4 March 2024
      • TxDad2002
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Everything we hoped for!
        This was a great tour! Our guide Chris was awesome at giving interesting commentary. We saw the town and the world’s steepest street, and were amazed at the fabulous railway station. Next we had a lovely ride to the Otego peninsula where we saw quite a few fur seals, including an incredibly close seal pup. The scenery was gorgeous, and the van was SUPER comfortable (the most comfortable of any of our tours!).
        Written 27 February 2024
      • Janet H
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Truly back to Nature
        It truly was a great excursion and Chris was brilliant. He made the whole experience fascinating and very much appreciated. We saw such amazing scenery and got to see sea lions in their natural habitat.
        Written 17 February 2024
      • 507heatherr
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        We’re not able to go, but good personal contact after.
        I can’t comment on the actual trip,as you may have read on my previous review!however our refund is now on hand and I’ve received a very nice apology and explanation from Chris this mornin*,our other trip with back to nature tours was 2xcwllent and when we travel again will look for this small c9mpany to look after us. Thank you.
        Written 5 February 2024
      • 507heatherr
        0 contributions
        1.0 of 5 bubbles
        Bad weather.
        We didn’t actually go on this much looked forward to trip!we were on a cruise and unfortunately the weather was so bad it was deemed too dangerous to dock meaning we had to miss the trip. I have emailed the operator twice as to a refund but as of today have not heard back. Waiting in anticipation.
        Written 1 February 2024
      • D5597HKroseg
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Just great!
        Wonderful tour! Beautiful scenery. Saw beautiful seals, including a mother and cub, Saw interesting birds. Great tour guide, Chris!
        Written 22 January 2024
      • Trail05495745432
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Great tour of Dunedin with Chris
        Excellent small group tour of Dunedin and surroundings with Chris. He was extremely knowledgeable and went out of his way to show us off the beaten path sights. We would highly recommend this tour to anyone visiting Dunedin.
        Written 20 January 2024
      • chjada
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Excellent tour of the beauty of Dunedin
        This tour was the best of our trip to date. It was far better than our excursions through Viking cruises. Our guide, Chris, was superb. With only 11 in our group he made it intimate and personal. The weather of the day wasn't the best but he certainly made up for that by taking us places where we saw wildlife and beautiful views. It was just great. We found this tour on Shore Excursions where it was called "Bays, Beaches, and Views of Dunedin. Given the quality of the trip I'd also be very comfortable going directly through Back to Nature tours, who operated this tour.
        Written 9 January 2024
      • samrox5
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        A snippet of Dunedin
        Over 40 on this tour but our driver and tour guide kept us informed and amused the whole time. We saw so much in the short time, even a walk on the beach to see the seals. Highly recommend
        Written 8 January 2024
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      Kathy G
      Eagle River, WI118 contributions
      4.0 of 5 bubbles
      Nov 2017 • Couples
      Enjoyed our tour of Dunedin and the surrounding area. It was so green and lush! Lots of good information from our knowledgeable guide. I'd do this one again.
      Written 19 November 2017
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      260carolyn
      Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia15 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Jan 2019 • Friends
      Glen, was an excellent tour guide. The itinerary gave us a quick overview of the area....the city, especially the beautiful railway station and stunning coastline, including fur seals.
      A level 2 walk along sandy bush track to see the fur seals could be challenging for some.
      Written 7 January 2019
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      Ian B
      Truro, UK91 contributions
      4.0 of 5 bubbles
      Mar 2018 • Couples
      The tour was very well organised and everything went smoothly from pick up to drop off. The visit to the ornate railway station in town and the drive out of Dunedin were the best parts of this( the lush countryside was particularly beautiful, even in the rain). Would use this company again.
      Written 26 March 2018
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      Hi Wendy B, Thanks for your feedback - if you do use us again just e-mail us and put WENDY B - Back to Nature Legend in the subject line and we'll send you a promo code to discount your tour:) Haste ye back!
      Written 23 April 2018
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      Christine J
      4 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Nov 2019
      A very enjoyable and interesting tour of this fabulous part of the world. We were taken to the usual sightseeing areas but with additional stops at the beaches to see sealions. Thanks and would recommend this tour.
      Written 1 December 2019
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      Thank Christine for your kind feedback, it really does make all the hard work worthwhile. Have a great Christmas and prosperous 2020! Haste Ye Back!
      Written 17 December 2019
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      aljohn2017
      Sydney, Australia2 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Nov 2019
      A very good tour saw most of the sites around Dunedin great views over the city, steepest street, Railway station etc. Then on to the beaches and a short walk over a sand dune we saw a family of sea lions basking in the sun.
      Our driver Glenn was very informative and entertaining a most enjoyable time.
      Written 20 November 2019
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      Hi Aljohn2, Thanks for taking the time to write a positive 5 star review about your tour with Glenn. He was in the office when we received your e-mail, it was a great start to his day, he has asked me to pass on his regards. If your ever come back to the deep south please get in touch for some authentic southern hospitality! Haste Ye Back!
      Written 17 December 2019
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      Eric R
      3 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Nov 2019 • Couples
      Awesome with Tour with Marty. We were well taken care of with great opportunities to explore the area. We got the chance to see brown female seals on the beach.
      Written 20 November 2019
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      Thanks for your feedback, we'll pass it onto Marty, he'll be really thrilled because he mentioned you were a great group. Seeing a female NZ sea-lion is a real treat - they're pretty rare! The population here continues to grow to hopefully they become an increasingly common sight in the future! You're a Back to Nature Legend! Haste Ye Back!
      Written 17 December 2019
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      Rob
      Macquarie Fields, Australia2 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Nov 2019
      Our Tour Guide Ross I think his name was, was very informative & did a great commentary. Took us to so many of Dunedins' highlights including the steepest road. I enjoyed the lush green countryside with so many sheep grazing on steep hillsides. Of particular interest to me was the Railway Station, it was so fascinating with a set back in time feel. The city is very clean with beautiful parks & gardens.
      Written 18 November 2019
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      Hi Venture Great to hear you enjoyed your time with us, we certainly enjoyed looking after you. You're right - the Dunedin Railway Station is pretty special, its one of several stunning buildings we have here - its arguably the finest in NZ! Haste Ye Back!
      Written 17 December 2019
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      Reg M
      Brockville6 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Feb 2019 • Couples
      Our tour guide, Scott, added to the pleasantness and info we all thoroughly enjoyed. What a great overview of Dunedin & area highlights. Scott was very knowledgeable and was able to answer all questions. I would recommend this tour and in fact already have. Sincerely Ann Marie & Reg McCurdy
      Written 1 May 2019
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      knafi
      Zermatt, Switzerland12 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Dec 2018 • Couples
      Great overview of Dunedin including City, railway station, "green landscape" and fantastic beaches. Unfortunately sea lions were gone fishing while we stayed there. All over great experience with very friendly guide.
      Written 27 January 2019
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      Greg L
      Erina, Australia3 contributions
      1.0 of 5 bubbles
      Unfortunately our cruise ship was unable to dock in Port so sadly we were unable to do our trip. This was not due to any fault of the tour operator.
      Written 16 April 2023
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      Dear Greg L, Thank you for giving us the best 'terrible' review on Trip Advisor. Your a Back to Nature Legend. Haste Ye Back!
      Written 4 May 2023
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