Insider's Guide to Dunedin & The Otago Peninsula

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  • Location: Dunedin, New Zealand
  • Duration:  7 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
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 Dunedin’s highlights -- including Otago University on a two-hour sightseeing tour which includes guided tour of the stately Olveston mansion and its landscaped gardens.

Highlights

  • Dunedin sightseeing tour and visit to Olveston House
  • See Dunedin's city center attractions on a sightseeing coach
  • Admire Otago University, the Botanical Gardens, beautiful homes and other historic buildings
  • Learn about Dunedin's history and architecture
  • Enjoy a 1-hour guided tour of Olveston House
  • Experience wonderful views of Otago Peninsula & Harbour
  • Covered by Viator’s worry-free policy: guaranteed on-time return to your ship

What You Can Expect

Dunedin Shore Excursion: City Sightseeing with Olveston House Tour

Clock Tower at Dunedin Railway Station

While your cruise ship is in port in Dunedin, see the many architectural and cultural highlights of the second-largest city in New Zealand’s South Island on a two-hour sightseeing tour with complimentary transfers to and from the Port of Dunedin.

Your one-hour tour of Olveston House reveals the history behind this 35-room mansion, and details how it was built for a merchant and his familyin the early 20th century. Built in a Jacobean style, and filled with the sumptuous furniture and ornaments collected by the home's wealthy owners, Olveston House is surrounded by century-old trees and manicured lawns. Take a stroll through the gardens before being returned to The Octagon where you will enjoy late morning and early afternoon free time, a spot of shopping and lunch (own expense).

In the afternoon re-board the sightseeing coach listening to informative onboard commentary detailing Dunedin’s history, travel around the city centre and discover how scenic Dunedin is built on a series of hills surrounding a volcanic bay, looking onto the Otago Peninsula. Then see how the city's buildings and roads ring the harbour when you visit the world's steepest street!

Head past Otago University, New Zealand’s first university, and drive past pretty sights like the city's neo-Gothic churches, Edwardian train
station, neoclassical town hall, opulent theaters, imposing banks and other grand 19th-century buildings. Then see the beautifully landscaped trees and plants of the Dunedin Botanical Gardens before being returned to Dunedin 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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Customer Reviews

Peter W
Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2014

guides magnificent. reccomend

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2014

We had only 6 people (I think) on the tour of Olveston House. A wonderful experience, especially as being a small group. Others arrived and were rushed through all the rooms. Our driver allowed us plenty of time to see everything. Our driver then took us for an extensive drive around Dunedin. Beautiful place.

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