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Dunedin City and Otago Peninsula Small-Group Tour provided by Tourworks NZ

Dunedin City and Otago Peninsula Small-Group Tour

Dunedin City and Otago Peninsula Small-Group Tour
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from $210.26 per adult
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Last updated: 5 Nov 2020
A note from Dunedin City and Otago Peninsula Small-Group Tour
We will be contact tracing for all tours. All visitors will be required to hand sanitise on entry to our vehicle. Hand washing is compulsory at all stops.
What you can expect during your visit
Gear/equipment sanitised between use
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
What you can expect during your visit
Gear/equipment sanitised between use
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
About
Discover the history and wildlife of Dunedin and the Otago Peninsula on this comprehensive full-day tour. Explore the city’s highlights, including Dunedin Railway Station and the Octagon, then travel around the picturesque Otago Peninsula. Look for rare yellow-eyed penguins in their natural habitat at Penguin Place, see albatross at Taiaroa Head, and have the option to tour the beautifully restored Larnach Castle.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 7h 30m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
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 30m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Highlights
See Dunedin city highlights like Baldwin Street and Dunedin Railway Station
Look for seals, royal albatross, and penguins on the Otago Peninsula
Have the option to tour Larnach Castle and enjoy lunch there (own expense)
Small-group tour includes admission to Penguin Place
What to expect
After morning pickup from your Dunedin hotel or cruise port, start your tour with a short drive to a panoramic lookout over Dunedin, and then to Baldwin Street—the world’s steepest residential street.  Next, view Victorian and Edwardian architecture at heritage buildings such as Dunedin Railway Station and the University of Otago, and check out the Octagon—Dunedin’s central plaza—and colorful street art. From here, head to the Otago Peninsula, soaking in the bucolic scenery on the way to the Gothic Revival–style Larnach Castle. Stroll through the gardens, and have the option to tour the castle (own expense) and purchase lunch at the café. Continue to Taiaroa Head and see wildlife such as New Zealand fur seals and royal albatross. Learn about yellow-eyed penguins during a guided tour at Penguin Place. Your full-day tour ends with drop-off at your cruise ship or hotel in Dunedin.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 52853P3
Call +1 855 275 5071
Important information
Inclusions
Live commentary on board • Professional guide • Port pickup and drop-off • Hotel pickup and drop-off • Air-conditioned vehicle • Entry/Admission - Larnach Castle & Gardens • Entry/Admission - Penguin Place
Exclusions
Entrance fees (to Larnach Castle entry) • Food and drinks (available to purchase) • Gratuities
Duration
7h 30m
Departure details
Traveller pickup is offered.
We pick up from hotels, motels and port Chalmers. Anywhere in the city.
Dunedin, Dunedin, Otago Region, South Island We have vans with signage. We will see you at your accommodation or in the terminal at the port.
Ports:
Port Chalmers
Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Inclusions
Live commentary on board • Professional guide • Port pickup and drop-off • Hotel pickup and drop-off • Air-conditioned vehicle • Entry/Admission - Larnach Castle & Gardens • Entry/Admission - Penguin Place
Exclusions
Entrance fees (to Larnach Castle entry) • Food and drinks (available to purchase) • Gratuities
Departure details
Traveller pickup is offered.
We pick up from hotels, motels and port Chalmers. Anywhere in the city.
Dunedin, Dunedin, Otago Region, South Island We have vans with signage. We will see you at your accommodation or in the terminal at the port.
Ports:
Port Chalmers
Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Duration
7h 30m
Return details
Returns to original departure point
Additional information
Wheelchair accessible
Infant seats available
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
A maximum of 13 people per booking
A small amount of walking is involved but not essential
Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
Stroller accessible
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 13 travellers
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    Dunedin
    Or, you can also get picked up
    See Important Information for details
  • 1
    Larnach Castle & Gardens
    Stop: 60 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • 2
    Penguin Place
    Stop: 90 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • 3
    Dunedin Railway Station
    Stop: 15 minutes
    See details
    Pass by
    The Octagon
  • 4
    University of Otago
    Stop: 15 minutes
    See details
  • 5
    Baldwin Street: The Steepest Street in the World
    Stop: 15 minutes
    See details
    Pass by
    Tourworks NZ
  • You'll end at
    Dunedin
    See Important Information for details
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Geoffrey M
Atherton, UK74 contributions
Cruise liner pick up in Port Chalmers
What a fantastic day out. Our guide was brilliant. Saw everything I wanted to see, penguins, seals, sea lions and the huge Royal Albatross. I will never forget.
Written 15 March 2020
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RussC345
Great to read your review and positive comments. We are delivering on our promise of a great tour of Dunedin and the Otago Peninsula. Thanks again from the team at Tourworks.
Written 16 March 2020
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Denise A
4 contributions
Absolutely fantastic day
Mar 2020
Amazing day tour with Russ taking in the sights of Dunedin and the Otago Peninsular. Couldn’t have been better - great knowledge, breathtaking scenery and wildlife everywhere... albatross, penguins, seals, birds. It was an absolutely magical day. HIGHLY recommended. Thank you Russ.
Written 14 March 2020
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RussC345
Hi thanks for your review. Great to read you enjoyed your day out with me it certainly was a fun and entertaining day. Happy travels. Cheers Russ
Written 16 March 2020
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oreotawny
London, Canada68 contributions
Excellent Tour
Feb 2020
Our guide, Les, was the best. He was very kind, knowledgeable and provided a personal tour for the four of us from the cruise. We saw Dunedin and the railway station, Baldwin St., Larnach Castle (purchased lunch). Would advise purchasing lunch first then touring the castle (additional cost) and then gardens as there wasn't sufficient time to do all. Les had extensive knowledge of the botanical gardens which I appreciated. We loved seeing the seals on the beach and the blue bottle penquins in their perches (hard to see them) and the yellow-eyed penquins in the sanctuary. It was a full day but flew by so fast and Les made our day. We would definitely recommend this tour and Les. Theresa & Frank
Written 4 March 2020
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akula2038
San Antonio, TX30 contributions
Outstanding tour
Les gave a personal tour with knowledge & insight that grew my depth of knowledge and a desire to visit again and spend more time with the city & the penguins. Worth every dollar!
Written 21 December 2019
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RussC345
Hi thanks for your positive feedback. We hope to see you in Dunedin again and would love to show you more of our fantastic scenery and sights. Cheers the team at Tourworks.
Written 24 December 2019
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Ion M
7 contributions
Highly recommend this tour
Oct 2019
I had a great day tour with Les. I was the only one on the tour. So first of all I really appreciated that it wasn't cancelled.

Les is great. He told me a lot of infromation about the history of the region, local plants and animals. He knows a lot about his area. Really good.

We did all the stops as indicated. The castle is a beautiful place. Different lookouts with amazing views. The penguin place was awesome with a passionate guide. Wildlife sightings cannot be guaranteed, but I was lucky to see three yellow-eyed penguins.

I highly recommend this tour to everyone, you won't be disappointed! A big thank you to Les for being my guide.
Written 30 October 2019
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RussC345
Thanks for your review. It's always great to read such positive comments. Cheers Les and Russ.
Written 25 January 2020
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Margarita
1 contribution
Amazing day in Otago
Aug 2019
I had a tour with Les in mid-August, and I couldn't have wished for a better day. I was the only one on the tour (really appreciated that it wasn't cancelled!), and we covered everything I wanted to see and in a pace convenient for me. Les is great, very knowledgeable, told me a lot of new infromation about the history of the region, Dunedin sights, local plants and animals. Larnach castle was a definite highlight, as well as the penguin park. Wildlife sightings cannot be guaranteed, but I was lucky to see a couple of albatrosses at a distance, several seals and a two yellow-eyed penguins.

I can recommend this tour to everyone, you won't be disappointed! The scenery of Otago peninsula is so beautiful that it's impossible not to enjoy the views. And a big thank you to Les for being my guide.
Written 29 September 2019
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RussC345
Thanks for your review. It's always great to read our customers are enjoying their tours with us. Dunedin really is a fantastic city to visit and tour. Thanks again.
Written 1 October 2019
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Barbara L
Albuquerque, NM269 contributions
Thorough tour
Jul 2019 • Family
A lot of the wildlife tours don't run in the winter, so I was happy to find this one. It ended up being just my family, which was great (nice that they don't cancel if they have a small group). We don't do a lot of tours because we enjoy the freedom of seeing what we want. But with this tour, we had freedom plus Russ' knowledge of the area. Seeing the sights around town wasn't why we booked the tour, but it was nice since we had just a short time here. And then he took us onto the peninsula and we drove around areas we wouldn't have known existed. We saw some birds, black swan, a couple of albatrosses and then we went to the Penguin Place and saw 3-4 yellow-eyed penguins. It was a full day, and our trip to Dunedin, which was built around this tour, was not a disappointment at all. I highly recommend this tour company.
Written 13 July 2019
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RussC345
Hi Barbara thanks for your review. I'm pleased to see you enjoyed the day. As I said you guys were like a talisman regarding the wildlife it was great . I also really enjoyed your guys company during the day it was lots of fun. Again thanks for taking the time to post the review and happy travels for the rest of your time in New Zealand. Cheers Russ Caradus.
Written 14 July 2019
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Kathy S
2 contributions
Great Tour
Mar 2019 • Couples
Very informative tour. Loved the penguins and albatross. Beautiful scenery! We had lunch at Larnarch Castle. The food was good.
Written 1 April 2019
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Hi Kathy thanks for the positive comments. It's great you enjoyed your day. Cheers from the team at Tourworks.
Written 14 April 2019
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Barbara1426
McLean, VA45 contributions
Nice tour
Feb 2019 • Couples
We stopped in Dunedin while on our cruise, but with only one day to look around, we decided to come back to Dunedin and visit the Otago Peninsula. As another reviewer said, Les, our driver/guide, was the best. He picked us up promptly at our hotel and showed us around. It was kind of cold and windy and rained some early on, but by the time we got to Larnach Castle, it was starting to clear up. Then we went to Penguin Place and that was truly special, especially seeing how well cared for the penguins were at the hospital and how the staff tries to provide nice nesting areas for the yellow-eyed penguins and blue penguins. We also saw seals. Then at the Albatross Center, we saw 4 albatross flying through the sky. It was really special. We highly recommend the small group tour.
Written 6 March 2019
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Hi Barbara thanks for the comments it's always great to get positive feedback. We at Tourworks are always doing our best to deliver and clearly Les did. Thanks again from the team at Tourworks.
Written 29 March 2019
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Rudy M
1 contribution
Great job by a small but professional tour company
Feb 2019 • Couples
My wife and I had a great time with our tour guide and the small tour group of Eight in a comfortable van. Had a great time. We were on time back to the ship by 4 pm as promise by our great and friendly tour guide/driver. I would differently use this company again.
Written 12 February 2019
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Hi Rudy thanks for taking the time to review our Tourworks NZ tour. We really appreciate the positive comments and it's great to see you enjoyed your stay in Dunedin. Thanks from the Tourworks NZ team.
Written 12 March 2019
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Great host Les was very knowledgeable & helpful. Very informative, saw the steepest street in the world, Cadbury f
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The best way to see Dunedin
Russ picked us up at the dock at the agreed upon time and the tour went great. He was very flexible about what and
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Dunedin delights
We had an awesome tour with Russ! He was so friendly, knowledgeable and flexible, adapting the tour to suit the wea
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Enjoyable
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Perfect view of Dunedin
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Great Value for Cruise Travelers
We enjoyed our trip with Les, he picked us up right inside the terminal building in Port Chalmers. Only us and anot
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Brilliant Tour
Was greeted warmly by our guide/driver Les. The tour took us around Dunedin and covered some wonderful spots such a
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Loved it
We spent a great day in Dunedin on this tour - despite our late arrival due to hassles with disembarking. Gary made
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A great way to see the highlights of Dunedin when on a cruise.
This tour is well set up for cruise passengers. We were met in the terminal and everything proceeded smoothly. The
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Excellent company
Had a full day tour booked with these guys on a stop on a cruise,was met at the port by the owner operator. Very cl
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We recently booked a tour with Tourworks New Zealand in Dunedin. We were on a cruise and found the cruise tours ve
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