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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

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

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

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.

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

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2014


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2014

This tour was above expectations. Olveston House is not like a lot of other heritage building tours. The building itself and the story behind it is fascinating. The people who work there are so passionate about their building and their city. It is a very friendly, interesting place to visit. The pickup was prompt and hassle free. The tour bus driver was friendly and had a wealth of local knowledge. We booked this tour for a land day while cruising and it ended up being just a small group tour, so it was almost like having your own chauffeur driven tour at a fraction of the price for similar tours that we could have chosen. I would recommend this tour and this company to all other travelers.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2014

My partner, Lewis, and I thoroughly enjoyed the tour of Olveston House. The guide was knowledgeable, and the house itself amazing. Thank you. Jill

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2013

Very impressive.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2013

We had an excellent tour guide who has lived in Dunedin for years. We also enjoyed a semi- privated tour of the Olveston House. For the value, you get tour....

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