• Location: Dunedin, New Zealand
  • Duration: 4 hours (approx.)
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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

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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

Patricia G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

Our tour guide made our excursion very special with her knowledge and obvious love of the area.

Michael John D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Excellent tour as we got upgraded to a full day tour. Very informative guide and covered a lot in the day. Excellent viewing of the Abatross and Penguin colonies

Cecilia L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Mark was our guide and he did a fantastic job. He was very knowledgeable, considerate, and I felt we saw and learned so much in half a day. The green carpeted mountains with sheeps and the ocean background made me feel like i was looking at a beautiful landscape picture! It really was picture perfect. This excursion is highly recommended.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Loved every bit of it. Just more of seeing a truly beautiful country! Guide was quite knowledgeable.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

Great tour!

Chas M Canada

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

Love this small group tour. We had about 12-14 people in our tour, the van was comfortable. Chris was our guide, he is very knowledgeable. The nature in NZ is beautiful., we really enjoyed the Otago peninsula scenery . Highly recommend this tour for those who wants to see the nature. Chris gave us the option to drop us in Dunedin town after the 4 hour tour, we did our own sightseeing in Dunedin downtown. Took the local bus for NZ6 each back to the wharf. Cruiseship charged 15 return trip to Dunedin town. Very nice tour to visit Dunedin.

Mark H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

Mark was our tour guide for 16 people, and even though this was our only rainy, cold day in New Zealand, he made the tour entertaining and enjoyable. We started our tour with an overcast sky to see Cape Saunders, and Port Chalmers. Our stop at Otago University was beautiful, and we were amazed at finding out the reasonable price for four years of a college education, 35,000 for 4 years of schooling, and that some students go for free and work to repay government. Our stop at Smalls Beach revealed rugged wind swept beautiful beaches bordered by aromatic yellow flowers and delightful grasses, with mountain views in the distance. We were able to see fur seals on the beach, and let them have their own space, as suggested by our tour guide. The trip back which included the Otogo penisula, was obscured by gray, soupy, rainy weather. There were lots of sheep grazing by the roadsides, and some of the more scenic areas and vistas of beaches and overlooks were unseeable due to weather conditions. I can only imagine, how beautiful they were. I would recommend this tour.

Michelle M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

Beautiful scenery,knowledgeable guide. Well worth it.

Antonio B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2017

Back to Nature small group tour was very good. There was a delay in disembarking from the ship but Chris waited very patiently for every one who booked this tour. We were late in starting but the tour was not compromised because of the delay. We even got some free time to wander round the octagon. Can recommend this tour to anyhow visiting Dunedin.

Malcolm B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2017

Great value tour Dave our guide was extremely knowledgeable and made our trip very interesting. We had been to Dunedin a few times on the cruise ships and thought we had seen most of the sights. Great wildlife seals, birds, penguins and a small group made this tour very enjoyable and rewarding, we till had time to see all the normal sights as well. Thank you Dave for a great trip will do it again next New Zealand trip.

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