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Insider's Guide to Dunedin & The Otago Peninsula

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Dunedin & Otago Peninsula Suggested Itineraries

By Viator, August 2010

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Coastal Otago, and its one major city, Dunedin, has, in typical New Zealand manner, attractions both urban and rural, offering you the chance to see New Zealand’s indie music heartland, while having the island’s most accessible wildlife at your fingertips. With three days at your disposal, it’s best to make the most of it.

Day 1: Welcome to Dunedin

Upon your arrival, you’ll find Dunedin a compact, quirky little town, full of charming bars, restaurants, and cafes, all with a distinctly New Zealand feel. The smattering of bars gives this town a reputation for good nightlife, and it’s well earned. Spend your first day waltzing the streets, seeing some of the beautiful Victorian and Edwardian architecture. From its pioneering history you’re liable to hear a good mix of the indie-rock scene floating through the air. Enjoy it, and sleep well. Tomorrow, you head off into wild.

Day 2: Exploring the Otago Peninsula

Dunedin acts as the gateway for the Otago Peninsula and all the wildlife it engenders. These are the outdoors that make New Zealand famous. Start your day with a bike ride down to the coast, where kayak rentals are available. See a coastline spotted with the rarest penguins in the world, albatross snuggling into their nests, and bull seals jealously guarding their harem. A bike trip through the city down to the peninsula is a must-do experience to truly appreciate the scenery.

Day 3: Further into Otago

The Otago Peninsula offers an incredibly diverse array of outdoor activities in which to partake. From photogenic trail hikes, to hunting and watersports, to horseback riding, whatever your pleasure, you can find here. Get information at the local tourist office and see about exploring on your own or with a local tour guide. A favorite for the outdoor adventurers is to take the Taieri Gorge Railway to Central Otago. Here, the Central Otago Rail Trail begins and is a four day cycling journey either ending in Queenstown or looping back to Dunedin. The great thing about New Zealand exploration is, any way you slice it, it’s bound to be an adventure.

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Dunedin Shore Excursion: Taieri Gorge Railway Tour and City Sightseeing

4.5 star rating: Recommended 30 Reviews

When your cruise ship docks in Dunedin, take a trip through the spectacular scenery surrounding the Taieri River on board the Taieri Gorge Railway. Travel ...  Read more

Location: Dunedin, New Zealand
Duration: 7 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $118.36

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

4.5 star rating: Recommended 19 Reviews

See the beautiful countryside surrounding Dunedin when your cruise ship is in port, on a small-group tour of the Otago Peninsula. This scenic tour takes you to ...  Read more

Location: Dunedin, New Zealand
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $69.26

Dunedin Shore Excursion: City Sightseeing with Olveston House Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 18 Reviews

Discover Dunedin’s roots when your ship is in port on a shore excursion that takes in the city's central sights and historic Olveston House. You’ll see ...  Read more

Location: Dunedin, New Zealand
Duration: 7 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $48.22

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