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Shore Excursion: Full-Day Ships Shore Excursions from Dunedin
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Shore Excursion: Full-Day Ships Shore Excursions from Dunedin

By Headfirst Travel
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Sightseeing in Dunedin is flexible with your choice of attractions on this shore excursion. Each informed driver-guide offers cruise ship passengers convenience, starting with pickup at Port Chalmers. Select among several options at booking: hop-on hop-off city bus pass; tour of Larnach Castle, Speights Brewery, or the Olveston Historic Home; Taieri Gorge Railway journey to Pukerangi; or a combination.

Ages 0-99, max of 22 per group
Duration: 8h
Start time: Check availability
Mobile ticket
Live guide: English
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Highlights
  • Customizable Dunedin shore excursion offers flexibility
  • Full commentary is provided on each tour option
  • See points of interest like the Olveston House or Larnach Castle
  • Starts and ends at Port Chalmers; attraction tickets included

  • Pickup and drop off at Port Chalmers
  • Full commentary
  • Activity of choice chosen at check-out
What's not included
  • Lunch
  • Personal expenses
  • Entry/Admission - Taieri Gorge Railway


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    Pickup details
    • Dunedin offers some fantastic tours to explore and experience while you visit on your Cruise Ship. Headfirst Travel will be there for them all with a variety of options to suit nearly everyone. Choose Headfirst Travel for your Dunedin Cruise Tour. Whether it be a City Hop On Hop Off tour, Larnach Castle, the Taieri Gorge Railway, Speights Brewery or just a meander around town we have the tour for you. Most options start and finish at Port Chalmers (return transfers from Port to Dunedin centre included) Make the most of your time at Dunedin with one of these customizable Dunedin shore excursions. Get your bearings at your own pace with a Hop-on, Hop-off bus tour, or choose between outings to Larnach Castle and Gardens and the magnificent Taieri Gorge Railway. If desired, the shore excursions can be combined with some of Dunedin’s top sites, including Speight’s Brewery, City Walk or the Olveston Historic Home. All shore excursions include pickup and drop-off at Port Chalmers. Our times work in with all arrivals to Port Chalmers and we ask passengers to meet at the Private Tours Sign on the Port Chalmers wharf no less than 15 minutes prior to your departure time. Departure times may also vary for each Ship but we are fully conversant of these restraints and will always have you back in plenty of time. We haven't lost anyone yet! Your driver-guide will give you directions and confirm pickup times. General departure from Port Chalmers is 8.45am, returning by 3.45pm. However, we may often have later departures from Port Chalmers subject to each ship's arrival time and activity for the day.
    Port pickup offered
    During checkout you will be able to select from the list of included ports.
    • Port Chalmers
    End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

      • Not wheelchair 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: 21521P5

      • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
      • Children must be accompanied by an adult
      • Headfirst Travel has a dedicated cruise coordinator at your disposal to help your day and assist with any queries you might have
      • 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 22 travellers

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

      How much is Shore Excursion: Full-Day Ships Shore Excursions from Dunedin?
      Shore Excursion: Full-Day Ships Shore Excursions from Dunedin price starts from £24.47. Discover and book Shore Excursion: Full-Day Ships Shore Excursions from Dunedin on Tripadvisor
      What is the Shore Excursion: Full-Day Ships Shore Excursions from Dunedin cancellation policy?
      Shore Excursion: Full-Day Ships Shore Excursions from Dunedin cancellation policy: For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Discover and book Shore Excursion: Full-Day Ships Shore Excursions from Dunedin on Tripadvisor
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      If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 21521P5

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      Itinerary
      • You'll get picked up
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      • 1
        Larnach Castle & Gardens
        Stop: 2 hours
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      • 2
        Taieri Gorge Railway
        Stop: 4 hours - Admission excluded
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      • 3
        Speight’s Brewery
        Stop: 90 minutes
        See details
      • 4
        Dunedin Botanic Garden
        Stop: 60 minutes
        See details
      • 5
        Baldwin Street: The Steepest Street in the World
        Stop: 20 minutes
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      • 6
        University of Otago
        Stop: 5 minutes
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      • You'll return to the starting point
      About the operator
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      • Headfirst Travel
        124
        Dunedin, New Zealand
        Joined in January 2013
      • Susan77777777
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Happy customer
        My tour in Dunedin today to Larnach Castle was great. Our tour guide Jason was very knowledgeable and went out of his way to show us the best things around Dunedin.
        Written 1 February 2023
      • CraigA1839
        0 contributions
        4.0 of 5 bubbles
        Pricey but a good morning out
        Very pricey but when I see what it must cost to maintain that money pitt then I can kind of see why I guess? Filled in the morning so happy about that
        Written 26 May 2022
      • danne27
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Great Tour Experience
        We had an excellent tour. There were just the two of us. We had an informative tour of the city . The guide was knowledgeable and catered for our needs while showing us the sights. We had a tour of Larnarch Castle. Again our guide was knowledgeable. The stories he told enhanced our experience. These were things we would not have known wandering around by ourselves. Without this tour we would not have found out or seen as much of Dunedin as we did. I would highly recommend that you use this tour company when in Dunedin and make the most of your time in the city especially if like us it you have limited time. We made several unscheduled stops. From recommendations from our guide we knew what we wanted to see the next day and how to get there. Great day Thank you
        Written 9 October 2020
      • Southpaw5019
        0 contributions
        4.0 of 5 bubbles
        Guided tours free daily
        We chanced upon a guide with no customers when offered a tour we accepted. We both reflected that we learnt so much more, and would possibly have missed the sculpture garden, without a guide.
        Written 2 September 2020
      • 779graemeb
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Waitaki Valley Tour and Wine Tasting
        I contacted Ralph at Headfirst to put together a bus trip day out in North Otago for a group of friends. Ralph couldn’t have been more helpful and gave us plenty of good value options. We decided on our trip and on the day Alan was a great, friendly informative driver. The scenery was great and the two wineries we visited River T and Ostler had interesting stories to tell and delicious wines to taste. An excellent day out and I would highly recommend Ralph and his team.
        Written 30 August 2020
      • zinniahr
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Awesome trip to Larnach Castle with Headfirst Travel
        My partner and I attended the 2pm trip to Larnach Castle. The trip ended up being just us two which we didn’t mind at all. We had a lovely driver, who was very knowledgeable about Dunedin and it’s surrounding areas. We made a few stops - not planned on the trip which included a lookout point on the way to the castle, Baldwin St and St. Clairs Beach on the way back which we were very pleaseD with as it ticked off our list. Our tour at the castle was awesome, well paced and our guide/driver was awesome. We really enjoyed this tour and Larnach Castle is amazing!
        Written 16 August 2020
      • Robert E
        0 contributions
        1.0 of 5 bubbles
        Long term planning a trip. Forget it
        Because of limited accommodation in areas I like to plan and secure bookings well before I go anywhere. As I was wanting to go to Stewart Island and the Catlins in January I naturally contacted Headfirst Travel Dunedin, as they showed a good tour for the Catlins on Google,mid July. I was told the summer itinerary had not been organised contact us in early Nov. This I did and was told not done yet so regularly I contacted them and got the same story. By early Dec still no answer and I was panicking until someone told me about a Invercargill company, "Catch-a-bus-South", who immediately set to and sorted out my trip which was then very successful,
        Written 4 February 2020
      • Debbie C
        0 contributions
        1.0 of 5 bubbles
        Hop on hop off
        Shocking service. Bus 25 min late and slammed doors on us when seats were free. 2nd bus also 20 min late and only half of us fitted in. So another 40min wait!!!
        Written 18 January 2020
      • qinmeizh
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Very impressive Castle with interesting story behind
        We were very lucky to visit Dunedin on the rainy morning but with beautiful sunshine in the afternoon. When we arrived at Larnach Castle, it was foggy and hard see 10m away. However we feel this castle is worth visiting, especially with such a nice and knowledgeable guide Richard "Dick". With his story and background information about the castle, we feel the castle and garden on foggy day match the whole scene. Thank you Richard. We also joined the city tour and enjoyed a quick look at beautiful railway station and botanic garden and Otago university. Thank you Headfirst to make our cruise ship excursions so perfect!
        Written 17 December 2019
      • David G
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        A beautifully restored building set in wonderful gardens
        We finally got the Larnach Castle after several years of trying and we were not disappointed. The guide made the tour extremely interesting and the free time in the gardens was a delight.
        Written 31 October 2019
      • iluvWgtnNZ
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Headfirst Travel was good to Tour with
        We went on a castle and city tour with this company and found it to be a very interesting and informative tour. Our Tour Guide, Lorraine was great too. We visited most of the castle and had some free time to wander the castle grounds before heading back to the city to see the sights. We also got a chance to visit and wander up Baldwin Street too, that was fun!
        Written 23 September 2019
      • TH212013
        0 contributions
        4.0 of 5 bubbles
        Castle tour
        Unfortunately there was some renovation going on in the lower sections of the castle. We understand that the history of the original family is in that area, since we couldn’t find any anywhere else. Thankfully we bumped into some staff of the accommodation area, and they were able to inform us of the information/history we missed. Sadly the staff member who met us at the entrance way must have been busy & forgot to present us with our tour guided headphones. We had to self guide our tour. 💔😢
        Written 20 September 2019
      • Departure15324854984
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Headfirst SO EASY
        Great easy people to deal with drivers was the best and fun also very helpful got lots of advice for other things to do on my holiday
        Written 4 September 2019
      • Scenic650862
        0 contributions
        3.0 of 5 bubbles
        High Tea too
        The adverts make the castle seem majestic, but was a lot smaller than expected. Felt it was overpriced to see garden, castle and high tea. $$ for a mini sandwich, mini pudding, wee merengue and couple other tastes. Felt value for money should've been $45-50 per person. Half price box at the shop was awesome.
        Written 11 April 2019
      • MargaretG1897
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Decided to go to Lanarch Castle when passing , we did not go on tour.
        Last minute decision to see castle, but once at entrance you really have to proceed, pay either to see garden , or garden and castle can have some food in cafe, we decided to look at garden £17.00 per person . I can see why some people park outside as would be expensive for a large family. The gardens were beautiful, wonderful views . Lots of tour buses arrived just as we were leaving . It is a very windy road up to castle from coast road.
        Written 28 February 2019
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      Joey
      Hong Kong, China4 contributions
      3.0 of 5 bubbles
      Feb 2020
      Hop on and hop off tour of Dunedin. After being a bit spoilt at the other stops, having took private and small group tours, we had to ‘rough’ it on a hop off bus. It was just ok. At one stage we all had to get off one bus and onto another which was most inconvenient as we had finally got a good seat. Then we lost our good seat and had to sit downstairs on the second bus.
      Written 28 March 2020
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      Gerry
      9 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Mar 2020
      Excellent trip, very knowledgeable, didn’t have to walk to far from bus stops, buses every 20 minutes which were nearly alway on time, would highly recommend this trip
      Written 9 March 2020
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      Lea
      10 contributions
      3.0 of 5 bubbles
      Jan 2020
      It was interesting. Our bus stopped working as we sat at a stoplight and we had to wait to be transferred to a different bus, which happened rather quickly. The tour was just average. I don't fault the company for this - it's just that Dunedin is not a huge city with tons of things to see. I would recommend this if you want to spend the day touring at the different stops, but if you are hoping to see a lot of things (like you might in a large city), you may be disappointed.
      Written 9 February 2020
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      Anita
      5 contributions
      4.0 of 5 bubbles
      Jan 2020 • Couples
      Hey guys well it was a cloudy and rainy day. So worth it to do the hop- on- off bus tour. The bus we were on had no voice intercom for driver to explain the highlights as driving back. So once we came back to the original spot, I informed the girl in charge that I was not happy and disappointed. She was feeling bad and very apologetic , in fact organised a private tour for my husband and I to cover the sights we wanted to see around Dunedin 🙂👍🏻. I was not expecting that but glad we did as it made the day trip worth it for the few hrs we had that day before boarding ship again. Thank you to our private tour guide that day he was great and super awesome!!!
      Written 31 January 2020
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      Thanks for taking the time to review us. We are so lucky to have such an amazing team who have the forefront of making our customers' day as memorable as possible. I have followed up with our Operations Manager about the intercom We are really proud of our vintage double-decker buses and ensure that every morning our drivers do a pre-check on the sound system as different combinations of microphones, the distance between microphone and mouth, microphone angle is critical to the sound output. We are having capacitors installed to the fan circuit on one vehicle to reduce interference. Glad you enjoyed your day out with us.
      Written 4 February 2020
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      FCPP
      4 contributions
      3.0 of 5 bubbles
      Jan 2020
      This is an OK trip and the commentary is excellent but the destination hotel isn't very special. However on the plus side you can choose to be dropped off at the end of town and take a leisurely walk back to the boat.
      Written 13 January 2020
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      Thanks for taking the time to review us, we are really glad that you enjoyed listening to our commentary! Our drivers have some really interesting stories and are super knowledgable about the rich history in Dunedin. Yes, it certainly is great having the option to hop on and hop off where you like on this tour.
      Written 29 January 2020
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      505Detts
      Brisbane, Australia41 contributions
      3.0 of 5 bubbles
      Dec 2019 • Couples
      A good overview of the town. Not the best option in “value for money”. A town walk to the Train Station and/or a taxi to the Castle or Gondola may be a better option.
      Written 29 December 2019
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      Susan R
      Melbourne, Australia34 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Nov 2019
      The online booking process with Headfirst was fast and seamless. They were easy to find at the cruise terminal, and well organised. Staff were very knowledgable on the locations we toured and there was not a doubt we would be well taken care of!
      We toured Larnach Castle which was gorgeous and well worth a visit. We also used the 'Hop on, hop off' bus tour which took us to several local landmarks, giving us the option of spending how ever much time at each landmark as we wanted.
      The bus drivers were excellent tour directors were very informative.
      I wouldn't hesitate touring with Headfirst again. Highly recommended.
      Written 29 November 2019
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      dabblers2
      Canberra, Australia7 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Oct 2019
      The best way to see a city when time is limited. This tour is the way to go, giving a good commentary on the city. Recommended.
      Written 10 November 2019
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      Anthony
      2 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Oct 2019
      I organised this trip for my family whilst they were on a cruise (leaving me behind), Ralph and the team couldn't have been better to work with. Prompt, easy to get through to, and most importantly my family loved the day trip. They reported the guide was incredibly helpful and Lanarch Castle was the highlight of the whole NZ trip. Great value for money and great service. Thanks for helping my anxious travellers feel at ease.
      Written 13 October 2019
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      Sharyn C
      Brisbane, Australia18 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Apr 2019 • Family
      My mother and I did the full day hop on hop off Larnach Castle, Olveston House and city tour. The sights were amazing as was the service of the staff of Headfirst Travel who we booked through. We were on a cruise and had booked this trip from home. Upon arriving in our suite we found a changed itinerary due to weather concerns. I immediately emailed Headfirst hoping to change the date of our tour. It was no problem to do this. We were picked up from the ship and shuttled into Dunedin and transferred on to a smaller bus for our tour. Our bus driver was very informative and was also our guide during our stop at Larnach Castle. We also had some time to wander around the castle and the grounds. I took some amazing photos. Upon returning to town we then boarded another bus to Olveston House. We had a guided tour but we unable to take photos. Upon finishing our tour at Olveston we were made aware by phone that our bus was behind schedule in picking us up which was great to keep us informed. The city tour part was also very informative showing us the architecture of the new and old Otega University and to Baldwin Street, the steepest in the world. Back into town we even had time to pick up some souvenirs before making our way back to our ship. We had a fantastic day and we would highly recommend Headfirst Travel to anyone travelling to Dunedin.
      Written 24 April 2019
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      Thanks so much for the reply! Larnach Castle sure is a beautiful historical Castle! We are so happy that you had a wonderful experience!
      Written 24 May 2019
      This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

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