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

Dunedin Shore Excursion: City Sightseeing with Olveston House Tour

See the central sights of Dunedin and visit the Olveston Historic Home on a shore excursion of Dunedin attractions. When your ship pulls into port, a professional guide escorts you through the city by coach via the Otago Peninsula. View the University of Otago, Dunedin Botanic Garden and stately historic buildings before a 1-hour guided tour of Olveston, which includes the mansion and its landscaped gardens.


  • 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

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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, discover the historical roots of Dunedin, the second-largest city in New Zealand’s South Island. Start your shore excursion with port pickup and board your comfortable coach for a sightseeing tour.

First, see the highlights of Olveston Historic Home on a 1-hour guided tour of the 35-room mansion and gardens. A docent reveals the history behind this enchanting time capsule of one of Dunedin’s wealthy merchant families. Built in a Jacobean style, Olveston is decorated with original fine art and furniture collected by the home's wealthy owners.

Stroll past century-old trees and manicured lawns to the gardens before being returned to the Octagon, Dunedin’s city center. Here, enjoy late morning and early afternoon free time, browsing the shops and purchasing lunch (own expense).

Rejoin your guide in the afternoon aboard the coach, and hear commentary detailing Dunedin’s history as you motor around the hilly city, which overlooks the Otago Peninsula. Pass by Baldwin Street, considered the world's steepest street, and get a glimpse of the harbor. View the University of Otago, the neoclassical Dunedin Town Hall and Renaissance Revival–style Dunedin Railway Station as well as opulent banks, theaters and 19th-century edifices.

Admire the gorgeous Dunedin Botanical Garden before the return drive to the 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

Lynette Joy S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Great tour and experience with Good Company Tours. Fantastic guided tour of Olverston house, a good amount of time to explore Diunedin itself before the highly scenic and informative afternoon city sight tour. Tour actually explored more of the district of Dunedin, than just the city. The scenery was beautiful and we were given fantastic historical information.. Would highly recommend Good Company Tours.

Douglas S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

This was the best city tour we have done and Olveston House was wonderful


5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

Brilliant Tour. The viewing of Olveston House was a real insight to the way of life for the wealthy people back in history. The house is preserved in it's original condition complete with furnishings and decor. The City tour was interesting and informative. For a short time in Dunedin as a cruise visitor this trip gave a genuine feel for the place, one of the nicest ports of call. A break was built into the tour to allow time to explore the City centre should you wish to do so. Great value and efficient booking and organisation.

Susan D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Excellent trip to Olveston House with driver/guide Adele, who saw us settled into the house with the volunteer house guide. She then went out of her way to take us to the Botanic Gardens and collected us afterwards for a drive back to our ship. Very good service, very good company, very good value.

Melinda C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Wonderful guide!

Eric J United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2015

A must see place including the now retired railway station.

Peter W Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2014

guides magnificent. reccomend

Delphine M

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.

pamela PORTER p

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2014

The best tour ,value for money, and shows how beautiful Dunedin is . Our driver was super and told us so much,highly recommend this tour is for everyone thank you pamela Porter australia

judith K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2014


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