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

  • Dunedin and the Otago Peninsula shore excursion
  • Admire views of Cape Saunders along the Otago Peninsula
  • Visit the leafy residential neighborhood of St Clair and stop for light refreshments in the village of Brighton
Dunedin Shore Excursion: Small-Group Tour of Dunedin and the Otago Peninsula
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9:45am Departure
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Tour departs at 9:45am and returns back to cruise ship at approximately 1:15pm.
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Tour departs at 12:45pm and returns back to cruise ship at approximately 4:15pm
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Tour departs at 8:45am and returns back to cruise ship at approximately 12:15pm.
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Swap the cruise port for the Dunedin countryside on a half-day shore excursion that includes the Otago Peninsula. Your sightseeing tour covers highlights of the city center such as the Dunedin Railway Station, then travels to several village suburbs, stopping en route at scenic lookouts and for a beachside view of basking sea lions. Enjoy the personalized attention from your guide on this small-group tour, limited to 19 people.
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.
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Bays, Beaches & Views of Dunedin Tour

It was a great tour, the guide was excellent, but it was more Bays and Beaches than Views of Dunedin. We didn't go to Signal Hill Lookout, but stopped at the side of the road for views of the bay. We stopped at the railway...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Joanna F
Reviewed 20 March 2018
Interesting and informative trip

We had visited Dunedin before but wanted to see more than just the city. Opted for this half day tour and Chris was our guide. Started with areas in the city such as Baldwin Street and the station before going onto the peninsular to see...More

Date of experience: March 2018
2  Thank Strongbox53
Back2NatureTours, Public Relations Manager at Back to Nature Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 23 April 2018

Hi Strongbox53 We aim to introduce you to the best small city in the world - I'm glad you enjoyed the trip, if your ever in the deep south make sure you reach out to us - we love seeing people again and as a...More

Reviewed 2 March 2018
Scenic Otago

Our tour from Port Chalmers was delayed but our driver and guide tried to make up for it with entertaining stories and opinions. There were technical difficulties with the van when the exit door would not close properly, and the microphone was not working well...More

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank Smwinc4
Reviewed 2 January 2018
Knowledgeable Guide

Just back from our Cruise of NZ. We really enjoyed this tour. The guide (whose name we have forgotten originally hales from Hobart). She was very interesting and gave us plenty of knowledge of how the locals live. Unfortunately we didn't see any seals but...More

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank Stephen H
Reviewed 1 January 2018
Ok but the Otago Peninsula Tour wasn't really that interesting

Nice small van with friendly and very knowledgeable driver (Tree). The early part of the trip was very interesting with one or two really good unscheduled stops included but the once we got onto driving around the Otago peninsula it was all very samey and...More

Date of experience: December 2017
1  Thank GriffoHorsham
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Response from Back2NatureTours | Property representative |
All our tours fit in with Dunedin's busy cruise ship schedule - if your ship is running late or changes it time of arrival don't worry, all tour members are on your ship so your all in the same boat:) We just ask that you... More