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Top Dunedin & The Otago Peninsula Cultural Tours

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The Seasider

The Seasider is a scenic railway route between Dunedin and Waitati, affording spectacular views along the Pacific coast. On this tour, enjoy a hassle-free experience with prepaid tickets and soak up the scenery on-board the 90-minute round-trip train ride. Along the way, admire views of the Otago Peninsula, including Otago Harbour, Port Chalmers, Careys Bay, and Blueskin Bay.
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$42.13 USD
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Dunedin City, Wildlife and Scenery Tour

Join a small group for a full-day tour of Dunedin and the Otago Peninsula. During the city tour, see landmarks such as the University of Otago, Baldwin Street, and Scottish heritage sites. Next explore the Otago Peninsula, including Otago Harbour, Sandfly Bay, Tunnel Beach, and historic Larnach Castle. Your tour includes pickup and drop-off in central Dunedin or the port.
  • Duration: 5 to 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 5 to 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$83.56 USD
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PRIVATE SHOWCASE OF DUNEDIN HIGHLIGHTS NZ

Whether you’ve just arrived on your cruise ship or you’re staying in Dunedin for a while, this customizable day tour can make sure you get to the places you’re most eager to see. Ditch the tight deadlines and shopping stops of a typical tour. Instead, choose from locations like Lanarch Castle, the Moeraki Boulders, Speights Ale House and the Otago Peninsula – the latter of which is home to a remarkable albatross colony.
  • Duration: 5 to 6 hrs
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 5 to 6 hrs
  • Free Cancellation
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$488.03 USD
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Cruise Ship Excursion Wildlife and Culture tour on the Otago Peninsula

Tailored specifically for Cruise Ship passengers, see spectacular marine wildlife, learn from a conservation expert, discover intriguing Māori history, and explore the geological and biological diversity of our Otago Peninsula. Join us to discover some of the iconic Otago Peninsula's wildlife residents; albatross, penguins, seals and sea lions, all call this place home. Our guide, Lyndon, comes with 30 years of hands-on species management in his previous role as a conservation ranger. Likewise, James has a passion for sharing in-depth knowledge, particularly in regard to his Māori heritage, a fascinating culture that is often overshadowed by Dunedin’s more recent European history. Tour highlights include a boat cruise around Pukekura/Taiaroa Head and other wildlife viewing sites. We learn more about the people of this place, both Māori and European. There is no better introduction to this Southern City than a tour with Horizon Tours.
  • Duration: 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$147.46 USD
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Dunedin's only locally owned and operated daily trip to Larnach Castle

We are Dunedin's only locally owned and operated Larnach Castle tour ensuring that your money will stay inside of Dunedin rather than go to out of town corporate businesses. We are also the longest of the tours going to Larnach Castle which means you get more time to explore the Castle and grounds. Included as standard is a comprehensive tour of Dunedin City and we will fill you in on all that you will ever need to know about this NZ icon and the backstory that makes it so interesting.Our knowledge of Larnach Castle is unsurpassed and the tour is both visually stunning (weather dependent of course) and memorable.The bus (The Eliza Jane - named after Larnach's beloved first wife) you travel on is extremely comfortable and has leather reclining seats and air-conditioning. You will never be in a group of more than 13 people + your driver/guide.
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$66.71 USD
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Dunedin Onshore Cruise Group Tour

When your cruise ship docks in Dunedin, explore the cultural and natural landmarks of the city and Otago Peninsula on a small-group shore excursion. Customize your itinerary with popular options like Baldwin Street, St. Paul's Cathedral, Olveston House, Larnach Castle, and Koekohe Beach. Your guide can tailor the tour to suit your group’s interests, whether you want to spend more time in the countryside or city.
  • Duration: 5 to 6 hrs
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 5 to 6 hrs
  • Free Cancellation
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$101.82 USD
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Southern Skies Stargazing Tour in Dunedin

The Southern Skies Star Gazing tour takes you out to the Otago Peninsula on a journey of discovery to learn about the unique celestial features of the Southern sky, while also sharing stories and waiata (songs) about how Māori viewed the night sky.  The Otago peninsula coastline provides a clear and breath-taking view of the night sky, along with a magical backdrop of coastal bird calls echoing across Hoopers inlet. In the right conditions, this rural coastal area is a prime viewing location for the Southern Lights, Aurora Australis  Enjoy Māori manaakitanga (hospitality) with a light supper and hot beverage.  Sit back, relax and be enchanted. Departs Dunedin 8PM (October to March) and 6PM (April to September)
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$105.33 USD
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Otago Peninsula Wildlife Day Tour

Take a break from the city and head out to Otago Peninsula for this nature tour around undisturbed bush and native animal colonies. Instead of joining a tour with a guide reading from a script, learn all sorts of things about the local flora and fauna from your guide, a former Department of Conservation ranger with decades of experience in species management. Cruise around Taiaroa Head Nature Reserve, where royal albatross nest and breed, and keep your eyes peeled for fur seals, penguins and more.
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$182.57 USD
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Culture in Context Tour on the Otago Peninsula

Discover the beauty and rich history of Muaupoko, the Otago Peninsula, through a unique cultural lens.Take a journey with us to uncover how the early  Māori and European settlers to this land lived and thrived. Māori, are of Polynesian decent, a sea faring people who travelled to Aotearoa, New Zealand, many centuries ago.  Take a half day journey with Horizon Tours and let our guides tell you stories of those voyages, and how these resourceful settlers thrived in new lands surrounded by unfamiliar flora and fauna.Explore the Otago Peninsula and discover some of the iconic sights of interest as we drive along scenic coastal roads.  Learn how early Māori lived, their customs and traditions. Hear how they interacted with European settlers, and how the two cultures created the landscape you see today. 
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$105.33 USD
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Forest walk, Natural Heritage, City Sights - Join is on our URBAN ESCAPE tour

We will visit iconic, yet ‘hidden gems’ of Dunedin’s urban nature. Explore and experience the sights and sounds of native bush, only minutes from the city centre.Your guide will share stories about the unique properties of the many tree species such as kānuka, lemonwood and lancewood and explain how these were used by Māori and European settlers. As we wander beneath the forest canopy, listen for bird-song of iconic New Zealand native birds, including tui, kererῡ (wood pigeon), korimako (bell bird), and many more.​The perfect tour to unwind, relax and ignite your senses.
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$42.13 USD
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Awa Tour

Traverse the beautiful Waikouaiti River on our waka ama (outrigger) or waka unua (double hull) with our experienced and knowledgeable guides. Learn about our local ecological restoration projects and give back to the whenua (land) by choosing and planting a native tree. Tour numbers are limited so that we can personalize your tour. The tour length is four hours and includes a light lunch and tea & coffee at our sunny premises.
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$126.40 USD
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Join the locals: Walk and Talk Dealer Art Galleries in Dunedin

Join the locals. 2nd & 4th Saturdays morning walk & Talk an art precinct Summer/Autumn & Spring seasons.Discover Dunedin’s fabulous visual arts. Always changing. Always evolving. Along with the literary art and music scene, Dunedin has developed a great fine visual arts sector. There is a significant collection of fine art galleries, ever changing exhibitions of emerging, mid-career and established artists, reflecting the creativity found in the Southern climes.
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$17.55 USD
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