Back to Nature Tours
Back to Nature Tours
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7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Monday
7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Tuesday
7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Wednesday
7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Thursday
7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Friday
7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Saturday
7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Sunday
7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
About
Back to Nature Tours conducts nature based tours of Dunedin and the Otago Peninsula, Catlins and Stewart Island. Join us on one of our world famous cruise ship excursions that include Dunedin's best tour attractions, scenery and wildlife. We also organize private tours for individuals or groups that are tailor made to make your experience in Dunedin one you will never forget. We are a Qualmark Endorsed New Zealand owned business - Qualmark is New Zealand tourism's official quality assurance organisation, providing a trusted guide to quality travel experiences. We are Department of Conservation Permit holders and have a Marine Mammal permit - allowing us to guide visitors legally in some of New Zealand’s most remote and beautiful locations.
Dunedin, New Zealand

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Becky N
San Antonio, TX606 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
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
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Hi Lucky B, Thanks for the feedback!! Its are 25th Anniversary this year and its people like you that have made that happen!
Written 27 April 2024
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Gary D
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
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 30 March 2024
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robertlO4600GQ
Chesapeake, VA2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
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 22 March 2024
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Hi Robert, Thanks for this great 5 star review! Back to Nature Tours was established in 1991, a couple of years before the first NZ pup was born here for likely over 150 years. Since then, the population has steadily risen to the point where its more likely to see them than not out on the Otago Peninsula these days. It's pretty amazing the recovery thy've made - hopefully next time you visit we have a breeding colony here. Haste Ye Back! Your're a Back to Nature Legend
Written 26 March 2024
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Roy Z
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Solo
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
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Hi Royz, Thank you for taking the time to write this excellent account of your expereice with Back to Nature Tours. Were celebrating 25 years of operating in Dunedin and it's people like you that have made it all worth while over the years! Haste Ye Back! You're a Back to Nature Legend!
Written 26 March 2024
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Tracey T
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Great half day trip, Chris was great host and very informative with his knowledge. Highly recommend for cruise people.
Written 11 March 2024
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Hi Tracey, Thank you for your kind 5 star review!!!!! Haste Ye Back!
Written 26 March 2024
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Donald M
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
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
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Great Review! Thanks for the 5 stars - Haste Ye Back!
Written 9 March 2024
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Rhonda B
Perth, Australia1,476 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
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
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TxDad2002
Texas20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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
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Wow! Love this review! Haste Ye Back!
Written 28 February 2024
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Janet H
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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 18 February 2024
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Hi Janet, Thank you so much for this 5 star review, it really makes our day. You are truly a Back to Nature Legend! Haste Ye Back!
Written 28 February 2024
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Heather R
Wrexham28 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
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
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Thanks Heather:)
Written 10 February 2024
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