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Dunedin City Highlights, Otago Peninsula Scenery & a Guided Penguin Reserve Tour
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Dunedin City Highlights, Otago Peninsula Scenery & a Guided Penguin Reserve Tour

By Fantail Tours
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Ages 0-99, max of 13 per group
Duration: 5h
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Live guide: English
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  • Bottled water
  • GST (Goods and Services Tax)
  • Entry/Admission - Dunedin Botanic Garden
  • Entry/Admission - The Otago Peninsula Eco Restoration Alliance
What's not included
  • Snacks
  • Lunch


Start:
  • Option 1
    Beach Street Wharf, 46C Beach Street, Port Chalmers 9023, New Zealand
    Cruise ship passengers should meet Fantail Tours guide at Port Chalmers cruise terminal, private tour waiting area, close to door 2 from 9.40am
  • Option 2
    Dunedin isite Visitor Information Centre, 50 The Octagon, Central Dunedin, Dunedin 9016, New Zealand
    Independent travellers (non cruise ship passengers) meet Fantail Tours guide outside Dunedin Visitor centre, at the Octagon.
Pickup details
  • We have 2 starting points: 1. For cruise ship passengers at Port Chalmers, cruise terminal private tour waiting area, close to door 2. 2. For non cruise ship passengers at the Octagon, outside Dunedin Visitor Centre
Port pickup offered
During checkout you will be able to select from the list of included ports.
  • Port Chalmers, Dunedin
End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Infant seats available
    If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 57853P17

    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
    • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • This tour involves walking up and down the hills, travelers need to be fit to walk for up to 1 hour
    • 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

    • All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.

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    • Fantail Tours
      177
      Dunedin, New Zealand
      Joined in August 2017
    • 636marilynh
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      A Great Tour of Dunedin and the Otago peninsula
      Asta was a superb tour guide. She was very knowledable of the history, scenery, and birds, The visit to the Royal Albatross Centre was very informative. She read the interests of our group and planned our tour to meet those needs. We would have loved to spend an extra day with Asta learning about the area, but our ship was leaving!
      Written 30 April 2024
    • Michael-HKG
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Fabulous tour of a beautiful town
      This was our first stop off a NZ Cruise and imo also the best town and tour! Thank you Teresa for a well informed tour of your beautiful city and its surrounding. Teresa was fun and caring and had very good in depth knowledge of the area.
      Written 31 March 2024
    • 1783058328365
      0 contributions
      2.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great guide and region, but improvements are needed
      Our tour guide was great, and it was a privilege to tour the beautiful Dunedin region. However the transport van was a rental, and terrible. Smelled deeply of smoke the whole day... Smallish windows blocked somewhat by mechanisms, and the audio system was poor. Had to crane my neck to see the sights and was sickened by the permeated cigarette smell. Provider should do better! Noticed that another tour group of theirs had a perfectly lovely touring van, but not our group. Also box lunches should be provided rather than stops at supermarket. And one lady in our group wanted to stop at the pharmacy so we got pretty delayed because of "stops" and we missed the beginning of our paid in advance albatross center tour. That was unfortunate for us. Guests should find their own way to the pharmacy, which is right in Port Chalmers. So there are some improvements that should be made by this tour provider. I thank you for a good guide and safe journey around Dunedin!
      Written 10 March 2024
    • pigswilltravel
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Recommend
      Our tour was beyond excellent. Steffan is a wealth of knowledge of this area, he knows the insights of all the beautiful locations, and this tour has great balance of history and modern understanding. Larnach Castle and Olveston house has amazing history, the train station stunning and the beautiful scenery is to die for highly recommend this tour.
      Written 28 February 2024
    • Camper429286
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great tour and Tour Guide!
      Paul was our tour guide and did a wonderful job explaining the history, of the area and the Castle and Olveston home. The tour was well paced, fun and informative. I highly recommend it !
      Written 26 February 2024
    • kc96734
      0 contributions
      4.0 of 5 bubbles
      Nice tour of Dunedin and peninsula and olveston
      Tour was as described. Tour driver met us at cruise port and returned us there, so very easy transportation wise. Loved olveston house. While beautiful, the views from larnach castle were just okay, because vegetation obstructed what we could see from the garden. Only downside was comfort of the van.
      Written 24 February 2024
    • gbwelch18
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Trii treated us so well! Flexible and accommodating!
      Trii was delightful from beginning to end! She allowed us the choice of picnic or hot lunch and then shared her discount at her local grocery store and offered food recommendations! (Like Whittaker chocolate bars!) She also provided informative and interesting commentary, and was eager to answer questions and share her love of New Zealand. Toward the end, when we wanted to meet up with local friends, she flexed and dropped us off at the train station and returned a bit later, without reducing the quality of the tour for the other passengers. As for the Albatross experience, I had no idea how fascinating these birds are…now, I’m a fan! Thanks, Trii!
      Written 18 February 2024
    • Craig S
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Thumbs up in Dunedin
      Packed a lot into six hours, yet was casual and flexible. We were off a cruise ship with an itinerary that ran into mid-afternoon so our guide pulled into a grocery store and we all grabbed lunch. Guide was a 20 year resident. Very knowledgeable. Don’t recall a question he couldn’t answer. Definitely recommend this excursion for anyone wanting an overall intro to Dunedin
      Written 15 February 2024
    • Wander02759492955
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great private tour, payment issue from cruise ship
      We are a group from USA and Taiwan that traveled via cruise to Dunedin. We arranged a private tour via emails with Asta while we were on the ship. She was very prompt in answering and working with us to make the excursion possible. There was some payment challenges which almost ruined the tour and I will get to that later. Keith was our guide and he was absolutely wonderful and a delight to be with. With his knowledge, time management and flexibility, we hit pretty much all major city highlights and points of interests including castle garden & its lunch cafe during a 5 hours span. Concerning payment, I would recommend Fantail Tours to have an alternate payment method in addition to just the “invoice page website”, because for two days we couldn’t figure out why the payment website shows as blank on mobile phones, iPad and laptops with our cruise ship Internet package. We almost cancelled the tour. Eventually we had to upgrade to premium Internet package to make the payment page showed up correctly. While ship was cruising, we can’t make voice calls and email was insecure to give credit card info. So this is one area for improvement.
      Written 14 February 2024
    • Wander02759492955
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great private tour for Dunedin
      We are a group of 7 from USA and Taiwan travelled through cruise ship to Dunedin, so we arranged a private tour with Asta through emails. Keith was our guide and he was just wonderful and absolutely delight to be with.
      Written 14 February 2024
    • marciaw224
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great visit to Dunedin and Otago Peninsula
      Teresa was a fantastic guide on our excursion. Very personable, including a great sense of humor. The trip was well thought out, showing us many sites in and around Dunedin and Otaga Peninsula. She took great care of us, ensuring we all had food for lunch. She was very knowledgeable about the history, flora and fauna. Simply said, Teresa and tour were great.
      Written 14 February 2024
    • Jeanette R
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great private tour of Dunedin with Asta
      Loved our tour guide Asta. She took the time to show us more than just the city and was delightful in all aspects, very knowledgeable.
      Written 7 February 2024
    • dodol2013
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Very professional customized tour
      We worked with Asta to customize our tour itinerary. They were on time and handled all the visits very professionally. Our guide David was very knowledgeable and took care of our needed. Highly recommend.
      Written 24 January 2024
    • andyk468
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Awesome Day. Awesome Guide. Awesome Place.
      Awesome day. Awesome Guide. Awesome Company. Cruising from Sydney around NZ - Dunedin was our first port of call. Tours through the cruise line were very expensive, and we decided to explore what was available locally. We weren’t disappointed. Teresa (I hope I got the spelling right!) was our guide - and she was perfect! Remembering everyone’s names straight off the bat (Cath & Andy!). Having visited, toured, worked as a croupier on a cruise liner and having settled in Dunedin (love at first sight!) - she had every perspective and insight you could ever want. Small group, exceptionally priced, and gave us a real flavour of Dunedin. Dunedin is the old Gaelic word for Edinburgh - and it’s not hard to see the Scottish influence. Had a lovely day exploring town, and the Otago Peninsula, where we climbed the worlds steepest street, visited the beautiful campus of the University of Otago, Dunedin Station, the Botanic Gardens, and an additonal (unplanned) visit to the Ōtākou marae (meeting house) - one of the places where the Treaty of Waitangi was signed in 1840 m. We saw fur seals, many and many different species of bird, including the bloody large Royal Albatross (not sure that this is it’s botanic name - Teresa will know!), with its 3m wing span! All of this was possible because of Teresa and Fanitail. Easy to find, straight off the boat at Port Chalmers, picked up on time, a full day out, and then back to the boat well before departure - don’t look any further if you want a great day, at a reasonable price. Thanks Teresa. Thanks Fantail. Thanks Dunedin.
      Written 17 January 2024
    • Mary P
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Exceeded expectations
      Our guide ,Asta, took my husband and I and another couple on a wonderful tour of Dunedin and environs. She was very friendly and accommodating. Her van was comfortable. She took us to so many wonderful spots including the steepest street in the world, the old railway station, the university, botanic gardens, Larnach Castle and Olveston. She allowed us plenty of time to stop and take photos.
      Written 12 January 2024
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    Tanessa C
    1 contribution
    2.0 of 5 bubbles
    We booked this tour from the cruise port and was so excited as all the reviews were fantastic…it was underwhelming to say the least. We made a couple of stops in town and wasn’t crazy impressed with any of them. The penguin tour was great the people there did an amazing job and they deserve 5 stars! This was a 7 hour tour and usually on such a long tour and for such a high price some sort of lunch would be provided…one was not. Instead we made a stop at a supermarket and told to go get a lunch ourselves. I feel that what we paid and what we did did not match in the slightest. A tour like this I’d likely pay $50 for not $220.
    Written 31 January 2023
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    Thank you for your feedback. Sorry to hear you were disappointed by our tour. Lunch is not included in our tour price and the description of the tour states that. Our tour is tightly packed with sightseeing and there is not enough time to stop for a big lunch. Our tour guide either stops at a local bakery for a freshly made sandwich or for a quick snack at the Albatross center cafe to take away. The tour price includes an entry fee to Penguin Place ($58), covers a knowledgeable tour guide wages, GST, vehicle running costs etc. Great to hear you enjoyed the Penguin Place.
    Written 1 February 2023
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    Lisa S
    21 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Theresa was a great guide! She showed us the best of Dunedin, got us to the penguin reserve where we were in great hands, and even got to spot a couple of penguins! We had a great day in Dunedin thanks to Fantail Tours and Theresa.
    Written 6 April 2024
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    Thank you. Great to hear you enjoyed your tour with Teresa. Very happy to hear you loved OPERA (Otago Peninsula Eco Restoration Alliance) and saw penguins!
    Written 7 April 2024
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    Daniel L
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jan 2024 • Family
    Tour guide is fantastic. Scenery amazing and places of interest are interesting. Vehicle is a mini-bus that fits all passengers comfortably. Great time spent and even though it is not cheap it is well worth it if you only have a day in Dunedin
    Written 13 February 2024
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    Thank you. Great to hear you enjoyed a day with us Dunedin and Otago Peninsula. It is lovely to hear you enjoyed our guide too!
    Written 15 February 2024
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    McClues
    Greater Sydney, Australia3 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Feb 2023 • Couples
    The penguin Centre and the commentary were the highlights.
    Time allocation was poor. You were unable to experience and fully appreciate major attractions. Especially Baldwin St and Dunedin railway. Also you need to select an appropriate location to purchase and enjoy lunch, rather than eating it on your lap on the bus.
    Written 21 February 2023
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    Thank you for your feedback. It is valuable and an opportunity to improve the experience we offer to our visitors. Glad to hear you enjoyed the commentary of our knowledgeable tour guide and a visit at Penguin reserve. Our tours are designed to accommodate cruise ship passengers who have only a short day in the city and would like to see as much as they can. We will look into adjusting the itinerary to allow a little bit of time for lunch when we prepare for the next season.
    Written 21 February 2023
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    springcherry
    Sydney, Australia156 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Mar 2023
    With limited time in Dunedin (cruise ship) my husband and I would recommend this tour. Therese was our driver and guide for this very informative and thorough tour of Dunedin and it's environs. Her knowledge of the area was extensive and her passion was evident. The minivan we travelled in with Therese was a bit tight in the back seat for four adults. The countryside was picturesque and there were ample stops for photos. Therese kindly made a quick stop for us to grab some lunch to eat before our tour at the penguin reserve started. We really enjoyed visiting the penguin reserve and rehabilitation area. Saskia took us on a tour of the reserve which was a very scenic coastal location. We are glad we chose to spend our day sightseeing in Dunedin with Therese and Fantail Tours.
    Written 12 April 2023
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    Thank you for your feedback. It is lovely to hear you enjoyed your time in Dunedin. We will pass your kind words onto Teresa.
    Written 13 April 2023
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    Memshin
    Minneapolis, MN4 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Mar 2023 • Couples
    There were many great things about this tour - it was too late in the year to see the penguins in the wild, but we saw them in the rehabilitation center. The work they are doing there to help save this species (and others) is amazing. Also saw sea lions, seals, cool birds... The scenery on the trip was also quite beautiful. BUT: be sure you know where to meet the tour! Their website, and almost all the communication from them, said meet in town. We spent $70 getting to town only to find out we were supposed to meet by the cruise ship. There may have been one early email stating this, but I had no access to email on the ship, and in my planning only saw the later emails and the website. We missed the Botanic Garden. So, take the tour, but if arrive on a cruise ship, maybe don't go into town!
    Written 3 April 2023
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    Thank you for your feedback. It is great to hear you enjoyed the tour and wildlife viewing. We are sorry to hear about the confusion of the meeting point. We always pick up cruise ship passengers from the cruise ship at Port Chalmers cruise terminal private tour waiting area, close to door 2. We will follow up on what went wrong and make sure there are no misleading emails about the meeting point in the future. Please accept our apologies.
    Written 4 April 2023
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    Virtualcheryl
    Manhattan, ks86 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Oct 2023 • Couples
    Excellent tour guides. Small group of 8, he asked what we were interested in and made a point to ensure we saw/learned about what we were interested in. Went out of his way and made an extra stop for a client, and took us by a grocery store for snacks.
    Written 20 November 2023
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    Thank you! We are pleased to hear you enjoyed your time on our tour with Steffan.
    Written 22 November 2023
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    Brian G
    8 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Mar 2023 • Couples
    The tour covered a lot of ground. the highlight was the penguin reserve.

    I only give this 3 stars because of the van. It was a cramped 13 passenger van with not much room between seats. We had a total of 12 passengers. If you got an interior seat, the views were mostly obscured.
    Written 13 April 2023
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    Thank you for your feedback. We are glad to hear you enjoyed a visit at Penguin Place. Sorry to hear you didn't feel comfortable in the van you traveled. We are looking into a better vehicle option for the next season.
    Written 14 April 2023
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    Yuka S
    Helsinki, Finland1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Sept 2022 • Solo
    The guide was very very nice, kind and knowledgeable. She told me much about New Zealand, Dunedin and about her country, all of which were very interesting.
    Since I was only one participant of the tour, she changed the tour according to my hope, and I could watch some albatrosses and a blue penguin.
    Although I am not good at listening to and speaking English, her English was easy to understand.
    Thank you very much for the wonderful tour! I enjoyed a lot!!
    Written 13 September 2022
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    Thank you, Yuka for your feedback. It was my pleasure to have you on our tour. We usually stick to our set itinerary during group tours but since you were alone on our group tour we could use one of our strengths - our flexibility, adapt and make a tour as unique as you are by making slight changes to suit your preferences.
    Written 14 September 2022
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    Laura D
    12 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great tour seeing the city sites and the high and low road of Otago peninsula. Highlight was seeing the yellow eyed penguins and the fur seals. Trii was a great driver guide and very knowledgeable.
    Written 8 April 2023
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    Thank you for your feedback. We are very pleased to hear you enjoyed wildlife viewing and Teresa's guiding.
    Written 8 April 2023
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