Insider's Guide to Dunedin & The Otago Peninsula

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  • Location: Dunedin, New Zealand
  • Duration:  4 hours (approx.)
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 lookouts for panoramic views over the countryside and coast, and reveals the relaxed seaside villages surrounding Dunedin. See sea lions basking in the sun on one of the regions most scenic beaches, and enjoy the personalized attention on this small-group shore excursion, with numbers limited to 19 people.

Highlights

  • Dunedin and the Otago Peninsula shore excursion
  • Admire views of Cape Saunders along the Otago Peninsula
  • Visit the leafy residential neighborhood of St Clair and stop for light refreshments in the village of Brighton
  • Small-group tour limited to 19 ensures a more personalized experience
  • Choice of morning and afternoon tours
  • Covered by Viator’s worry-free policy: guaranteed on-time return to your ship

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

The Otago Peninsula has some of New Zealand's most accessible wildlife, rugged countryside, beautiful beaches and interesting historic sites. This comprehensive shore excursion will take you on a journey that showcases the regions natural beauty and the laid-back charm of Dunedin.

What You Can Expect

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

Dunedin Railway Station

After your cruise ship docks in Port Chalmers, just outside Dunedin, meet your guide at the dockside to begin your scenic small-group tour of Dunedin and the Otago Peninsula.

Your route takes you above the harbor for views over the peninsula. Enjoy more views on the trip into Dunedin, and make a stop at the historic Dunedin Railway Station in the city center.

Take the road out of Dunedin to the Otago Peninsula, and see signs of the volcanic activity that shaped this region over the millennia. Leaving the paved path, follow tracks toward the coast for views of scenic inlets usually visited by seabirds.

Then stretch your legs on a short walk along one of Dunedin's most beautiful beaches, where the rare New Zealand sea lion can often be seen basking in the sunshine.

Returning to your coach, continue to a lookout over the Otago Peninsula. Admire the views of sea and coast, including Cape Saunders, one of only two landmarks logged by Captain James Cook in the 18th century as he traveled around New Zealand.

From there, travel south along the peninsula's high road to St Clair, and stop to admire this leafy residential suburb of Dunedin, overlooking the Pacific Ocean. You'll stop at the small village of Brighton for light refreshments and sweeping views the bay's sheltered waters.

The tour continues to Saddle Hill, another landmark noted by James Cook, with views over the fertile Taieri Plains to the south. Enjoy the trip up Three Mile Hill for more views of Dunedin's city center, then conclude your tour with the return journey to the cruise port at Port Chalmers.

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.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2014

Now this is the kind of tour I love. Just 5 or 6 others in a small van as we drove from place to place in this interesting town. The driver/tour guide was most informative and personable. I really felt like this was a private tour for just my wife and I, and if you were able to ask her she would agree. In fact she still references this tour when discussing our trip to NZ.i

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2014

Very pleased with overall tour driver was well informed and we visited a few places where larger vechicles would not have access to.
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