Swap the cruise port for the Dunedin countryside on a half-day shore excursion that includes the Otago Peninsula. Your sightseeing tour covers highlights of the city center such as the Dunedin Railway Station, then travels to several village suburbs, stopping en route at scenic lookouts and for a beachside view of basking sea lions. Enjoy the personalized attention from your guide on this small-group tour, limited to 19 people.


  • 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.

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What You Can Expect

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

Dunedin Railway Station

Coastal inlets and and harbor views highlight this Dunedin shore excursion to the Otago Peninsula. Start your half-day tour when your cruise ship docks in Port Chalmers, just outside Dunedin. You’ll meet your guide at a dockside meeting point, then board your vehicle for the short drive to the city center.

A scenic route delivers you above the Otago Harbour where you’ll appreciate the vista over the Otago Peninsula. Upon reaching Dunedin, your guide makes a stop at the charming Dunedin Railway Station for a photo op before departing the city for its outskirts.

Leaving the paved path, your vehicle follows coastal tracks alongside scenic inlets frequented by seabirds. Hear commentary about the geothermal activity that shaped this region over eons. You’ll disembark for a short walk on a gorgeous beach for a glimpse of New Zealand sea lions — aka Hooker's sea lions — that often bask here.

Continue to a peninsular lookout for views of Cape Saunders, then take a gravel road to Dunedin’s leafy suburbs, such as Portobello, St Clair and Brighton. Enjoy stops at several vista points overlooking Otago Harbour before weaving in and out of the harbor-side bays on the return journey to the cruise 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.

Customer Reviews

Robert S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

The tour was well worthwhile and was good value for money. The tour guide was friendly and informative.

Roberta H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

This tour was wonderful. We covered a lot of territory, saw some magnificent views and other sights including Allan Beach. Our only negative was the vehicle as it was older, noisy, and difficult to climb into and out of. Our driver guide Les was excellent, but often we had difficulty hearing him over the car noise.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Had a great day with a friendly a guide who was a wealth of infomation.
Although it rained for part of the day we really enjoyed this adventure.

Carrie M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Another excellent tour.

Patricia G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Fantastic tour. Great. Definitely would recommend it to my friends.

Ronald T H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Dunedin was our most enjoyable tour in New Zealand.

Michael P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Beautiful tour and the stop to see the sea lions was awesome.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

My husband and I went on this tour and both loved it. The commentary was excellent from our driver.
This tour was a great way to get a good overview of Dunedin and the Otago Peninsula. For those who don't like to sit on a bus all day, this was just about the right amount of time. We would both recommend this tour to anyone visiting Dunedin.

RS ANZ Cruise

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Beautiful views - great tour of Dunedin and the Otago Peninsula

William M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Met up with our guide, Mark, of Back to Nature Tours for 10:00 AM tour departure with about 20 people. Mark was hugely informative about New Zealand and Mauri history but also extremely knowledgeable about the wildlife. Stopped at the first university in New Zealand University of Otago, the railway station and New Zealand Sports Hall of Fame in a beautiful, historic, building, Baldwin Street which is the worlds steepest street was one stop and yes the street is very steep 45 degree slope for 350 meters. Climbed by van up the mountain and along the Otago Peninsula for some magnificent panoramic views of the harbor. Finally, up and down a narrow, windy, road to a gravel road where Mark pointed out numerous birds until we got to Allan Beach a 5- minute walk along a trail from the van park. The beach is about a mile long on the Pacific. A stunning view with cliffs, large waves crashing in. The highlight were the 600 800 pound Sea Lines just lying on the beach.

Great tour. I highly recommend.

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