• Location: Dunedin, New Zealand
  • Duration: 4 hours (approx.)
From USD $ 59.70 View price calendar

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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. 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.

Join your guide 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.

Then, see the highlights of Olveston Historic Home on a 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.

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

Stephen A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

The guide was fantastic. There was a major delay getting off the ship and the buses were kept waiting for us. The small group, with only 18 on the minibus was also Olveston House was well worth the visit and we enjoyed lunch and our free time in Dunedin, as well as the introductory tour of the City.

Leslie Clive M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Tracey our tour guide was welcoming, friendly and informative. We enjoyed seeing the highlights of Dunedin and Olveston House was very interesting - we really liked the tour of the house and hearing about its history. We would recommend this tour.

tina w

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2017

Olveston house is definitely one to see on your visit here it is totally in tack and the tour really interesting. It was good to have some time in town before the highlight tour a great tour..

Rhonda H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Dunedin - what a town - we will be back! The excursion undertaken was one of the highlights to New Zealand, it was value for money, not rushed and our driver 'Richard' was exceptionally knowledgeable and conveyed it in a way that everyone could understand he must have been a radio announcer in a previous life. we would recommend this excursion to any traveller.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Excellent tour!

Anthony P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Excellent tour

John H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Loved Olveston House and the surrounding sights. Well done.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

An excellent tour of the Otego Peninsula and Olveston House. Great guide and timely sightseeing all around. A very hilly and scenic city. The railway station was beautiful. Time to walk all around the city was valued and enabled visiting sites instead of just driving by them. A very worthwhile tour!

John R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

A very interesting and well-presented tour. The highlights of Dunedin were covered, along with a one-hour guided tour to the fascinating Olveston House, which is still as it was when lived in during the 1930's. Not to be missed - a good value tour for an overview of this interesting city.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

enjoyed this tour thoroughly, learned a lot about Dunedin from a very informative guide.

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