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Peninsula Encounters - Standard tour - Penguins, Seals, Sea-lions and AlbatrossHiking & Camping

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Peninsula Encounters - Standard tour - Penguins, Seals, Sea-lions and Albatross

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A short drive out of Dunedin is the hilly Otago Peninsula, home to stunning ocean views and a range of threatened native animals. This full day walking tour around the Peninsula offers the unique opportunity to get close to these critters in conservation areas that are otherwise difficult to access. See New Zealand sea lions, yellow-eyed penguins, royal albatross and more from specially-designed observation points and other hard-to-find locations, and learn more about the work being done to preserve these species from your guide.
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  • 5 hours 30 minutes to 6 hours 30 minutes
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Monarch Wildlife CruiseSafaris

Monarch Wildlife Cruise

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Bird and wildlife enthusiasts shouldn’t miss this cruise in the Otago Harbour. You don’t have to travel far from the city to get out into the wilderness, as the Otago Peninsula is home to a vast array of wildlife. Spot royal albatross, fur seals, sea lions, blue penguins, cormorants, and more, and learn all about them and their habitat from the crew. Dress warm, as the weather is often cold and blustery here, but this is good wildlife-spotting weather, as the albatross in particular like the wind.
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Dunedin and the Otago Peninsula Wildlife TourNature & Wildlife

Dunedin and the Otago Peninsula Wildlife Tour

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Peer at rare yellow-eyed penguins and visit nesting grounds of the northern royal albatross during a full-day tour of the Otago Peninsula and Dunedin. Spend your morning sightseeing in Dunedin’s city center, including highlights of the Octagon, followed by a visit to the gardens of Larnach Castle, with the option to go inside and buy lunch. In the afternoon, immerse in the natural beauty of the Otago Peninsula and the scenic coast along Taiaroa Head. Numbers are limited to 19 people to allow for personalized attention from your informative guide.
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  • 7 hours
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Otago Peninsula Wildlife Day TourNature & Wildlife

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Otago Peninsula Wildlife Day Tour

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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.
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  • 8 hours
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Cruise Ship Excursion Wildlife and Culture tour on the Otago PeninsulaNature & Wildlife

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Cruise Ship Excursion Wildlife and Culture tour on the Otago Peninsula

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The Otago Peninsula is renowned for its diverse wildlife and rich Maori heritage. Discover both on this shore excursion from Dunedin, which takes in the highlights of Dunedin town, as well as the coastal scenery. Set sail on a boat cruise to Taiaroa Head and look out for wildlife including albatross, penguins, seals, and sea lions; visit Maori landmarks and learn about traditional Maori foods and medicines; and enjoy a picnic lunch in a local beauty spot.
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  • 5 hours
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Dunedin City, Wildlife and Scenery TourDay Trips

Dunedin City, Wildlife and Scenery Tour

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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.
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  • 5 to 7 hours
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Dunedin Wildlife Cruise and Portobello Village-Cruise Ship Passenger-Half DayNature & Wildlife

Dunedin Wildlife Cruise and Portobello Village-Cruise Ship Passenger-Half Day

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On the wildlife cruise part of your tour we go in search of albatross, seals, penguins and many other species. We usually see between 12 and 18 species of animal. You will be given a wildlife sheet before you leave us so you can remember all ofthe animals youve seen. We aim to get close and low with the animals. The vessel is fast, comfortable and a custom build. There is a bathroom onboard and a heated cabin. Your free time in Portobello can be spent however you like. By hiring an electric bicycle to explore the area more fully, a museum visit, shopping in the local village or by strolling and picnicking. You have plenty of time to enjoy it.
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  • 5 hours
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Small-Group Tour of Dunedin CityNature & Wildlife

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Small-Group Tour of Dunedin City

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Get a comprehensive look at Dunedin, New Zealand's oldest city. This tour takes you by minivan to the Octagon in the city center, past impressive architecture such as the Dunedin Railway Station, and along the coastline of the Otago Peninsula to escape the crowds. Journey with your guide and a small group to stunning lookouts and other points of interest.
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  • 3 hours
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Forest walk, Natural Heritage - Join is on our URBAN ESCAPE tourNature & Wildlife

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Forest walk, Natural Heritage - Join is on our URBAN ESCAPE tour

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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.
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  • 2 hours
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Maori Pa TourHiking & Camping

Maori Pa Tour

Enjoy stunning cliff top views with the personalised tour of Huriawa peninsula. Our friendly and knowledgeable guides will entertain and inform with the vibrant history and stories of the pa (fortified village). Learn about the siege of Pa a Te Wera, a six month long campaign and how the pa was successfully defended by Te Wera's people. This experience includes a mihi whakatau (informal greeting), a guided walk through the protected reserve and light refreshments.
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  • 2 hours
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Hole In-1 Challenge over the Otago Harbour (Dunedin)Golf Tours & Tee Times

Hole In-1 Challenge over the Otago Harbour (Dunedin)

Why wouldn't you experience something unique and very rear to find around the world being in able to tee off - hit golf balls over the water and at the same time be in to win $10,000 NZD dollars, also at the same time experience the Otago Harbour in unorthodox manner! You can do this activity in less than 15 minutes or stay for hours entirely up to your schedule. Novices have just as more fun if not more than experienced players, regardless you will get some social media pictures that will turn heads with the Dunedin city views in the backdrop as you strike that golf ball from shore! This venue is also at the very start of Portobello Road which is on the way to Dunedin's amazing Otago Peninsular which hosts attractions such as Larnach Castle,, Albatross Colony. OHGC Ltd is just a 5 minute drive from the CBD or by bike on the dedicated cycle way 15 minutes.
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  • 20 minutes
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Private Tour: Dunedin to the CatlinsDay Trips

Private Tour: Dunedin to the Catlins

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Immerse yourself in the vivid natural beauty of the Catlins on this private day trip from Dunedin. See this South Island wonder through the eyes of a local guide who has access to public conservation lands. Set your gaze on remote vistas where waterfalls, golden beaches, coastal rainforest and rare New Zealand wildlife can be found. This personalized tour offers insight about early European settlers and the indigenous Maori inhabitants.
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  • 10 hours
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Dunedin City Adventure Game | The Tailor's SecretsLuxury Tours

Dunedin City Adventure Game | The Tailor's Secrets

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- Experience the beautiful city of Dunedin in an exciting new way. - See the sites and visit local establishments as you take part in an immersive narrative. - Navigate your way through the city by deciphering a trail of clues sent to your phone. - Discover the city from a unique perspective you won't find anywhere else. - Work together with your group of two to five people, and uncover the mystery of each story.
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Glow Worm Tours DunedinNature & Wildlife

Glow Worm Tours Dunedin

Do something a little different with your evening in Dunedin – get away from the bars and the restaurants for a night-time trek to see some of the city’s local glow-worm populations. See these glittering bugs and their glistening webs in hidden areas of North Dunedin’s Woodhaugh Gardens, an undisturbed slice of nature in the midst of the city. There’s plenty of time and space for photo shoots, whether you’re using a cellphone or a professional-grade camera with a tripod.
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Otago Peninsula Wildlife TourNature & Wildlife

Otago Peninsula Wildlife Tour

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This is the best way to see the amazing animals and scenery found on the Otago Peninsula. Cruise one-way along the beautiful harbour and spot albatross, furseals and more during a special wildlife cruise. Then sit back and relax whilst your guide will take you the opposite direction along scenic roads back to Dunedin. A full commentary is given throughout the tour.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Dunedin Wildlife and Larnach Castle Tour (Cruise Ship Passenger)- Half DayNature & Wildlife

Dunedin Wildlife and Larnach Castle Tour (Cruise Ship Passenger)- Half Day

Larnach castle and the gardens that surround are the most popular attraction for cruise ship passengers in Dunedin. So is the albatross and the other rare and unique wildlife. See the best of Dunedin and spend your time wisely. This is the only tour in Dunedin that does not double back, to travel the same route on its return. You will travel by road one way and by ferry the other.
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  • 6 hours
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Twilight Wildlife Viewing with an Ex-Ranger, Dinner IncludedNature & Wildlife

Twilight Wildlife Viewing with an Ex-Ranger, Dinner Included

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A chance to see the stunning Otago Peninsula through the eyes of an ex Conservation Ranger with over 30 years experience.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
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  • 4 to 5 hours
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Taieri Gorge Railway Journey from DunedinNature & Wildlife

Taieri Gorge Railway Journey from Dunedin

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Take a scenic round-trip through the wilds of New Zealand’s South Island on this Taieri Gorge railway journey from Dunedin. Depart from downtown Dunedin’s attractive railway station and head deep into the Taieri Gorge by train. Gaze out over ever-changing corners of the New Zealand countryside inaccessible by road. With informative and entertaining live commentary on board, gain insight into the railway’s construction and the challenges faced by the engineers. Enjoy sightseeing stops en route and discover top attractions around Dunedin.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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Taste of Dunedin City Sights and Peninsula Nature TourNature & Wildlife

Taste of Dunedin City Sights and Peninsula Nature Tour

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Iconic city sights, coastal inlets and stunning harbor views are the highlights of this 4-4.5 hour tour, and it starts when we collect you from Port Chalmers, where you’ll meet your guide. We start with a scenic drive that takes in the location of where Dunedin first began for both the early Māori and European settlers, and a look at some of the beautiful iconic sites our city has to offer. We then head out for the Otago Peninsula which delivers spectacular views above the Otago Harbour before winding back down to sea level to arrive at scenic inlets frequented by wading birds. Hear commentary about the nature and the natural processes that shaped the land and learn about Māori, the first people to step ashore here. We’ll take a stroll along a stunning sandy beach where we are often lucky enough to glimpse New Zealand sea lions and fur seals. We finish our tour with a look at Baldwin street, the world's steepest residential street.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
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Iconic Wildlife Tour in DunedinDay Trips

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Iconic Wildlife Tour in Dunedin

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Observe yellow-eyed penguins in their nesting habitat on a small-group tour from Dunedin to the Otago Peninsula. Hear informative narration about this wildlife sanctuary and enjoy great photo ops from various lookouts. First, take a sightseeing tour of Dunedin’s main landmarks including the University of Otago and Dunedin Botanic Garden. Upgrade your experience with a 1-hour stop at the Royal Albatross Center for a look at a royal albatross colony nesting area with a specialist guide. Includes pickup and drop-off from your hotel or cruise port.
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  • 7 hours
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Best of Dunedin Private Shore Tour - See more places with us.Half-day Tours

Best of Dunedin Private Shore Tour - See more places with us.

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This PRIVATE tour is designed to offer you the best value, comfort and flexibility where you get to choose what you will see from a list of the most popular tourist destinations in Dunedin, NZ. Experience the best of Dunedin on a private tour tailored to each and every customer. We can also accommodate larger groups with enough booking notice, please inquire with us.
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  • 5 hours
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Otago Peninsula & Wildlife Shore Tour - See Penguins, Seals, Herons & CormorantsHalf-day Tours

Otago Peninsula & Wildlife Shore Tour - See Penguins, Seals, Herons & Cormorants

This PRIVATE tour is designed to offer you the best value, comfort and flexibility where you get to see popular destinations along the way toward the Otago Peninsula. Experience the best of Dunedin with Dunedin Private Tours on a private tour tailored to each and every customer. You will visit the most popular tourist destinations in Dunedin with a happy, friendly and knowledgeable driver in a new, clean and very comfortable vehicle. We can also accommodate larger groups with enough booking notice, please inquire with us.
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Taste of Dunedin City Sights and Peninsula Nature Cruise Ship Shore ExcursionNature & Wildlife

Taste of Dunedin City Sights and Peninsula Nature Cruise Ship Shore Excursion

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Iconic city sights, coastal inlets and stunning harbor views are the highlights of this 4-4.5 hour tour, and it starts when we collect you from Port Chalmers, where you’ll meet your guide. We start with a scenic drive that takes in the location of where Dunedin first began for both the early Māori and European settlers, and a look at some of the beautiful iconic sites our city has to offer. We then head out for the Otago Peninsula which delivers spectacular views above the Otago Harbour before winding back down to sea level to arrive at scenic inlets frequented by wading birds. Hear commentary about the nature and the natural processes that shaped the land and learn about Māori, the first people to step ashore here. We’ll take a stroll along a stunning sandy beach where we are often lucky enough to glimpse New Zealand sea lions and fur seals. We finish our tour with a look at Baldwin street, the world's steepest residential street.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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