Summary of The Day: This comprehensive full day itinerary explores the city of Dunedin and the wonderful Otago Peninsula - where we take you to some of the finest lookouts and highlights of our small city, before heading out onto the Otago Peninsula. If you’re looking for the best things to do in Dunedin, then look no further, our most popular day tour brings them all together for the ultimate experience.
This full day excursion allows you to join others on a small group tour of a place blessed with interest. Dunedin (Otepoti) has a fascinating human and natural history - that includes a proud Maori tribe, early Scottish settlers, architecture, wildlife and stunning scenery.
The tour begins with a scenic drive into Dunedin city where we will take you to several key points of interest, including Baldwin Street, University of Otago, Dunedin Railway Station and the Octagon. Dunedin was once the leading industrial and commercial centre of New Zealand and has retained many of its early buildings - we have the largest collection of Edwardian and Victorian buildings for you to enjoy.
The journey continues out onto the Otago Peninsula, where the southern rollers pound our coastline and rare wildlife comes ashore regularly throughout the year. We visit Larnach Castle gardens (optional, upgrade available), where a unique collection of specialized gardens can be explored and some of the finest views of the Otago Harbour can be seen.
After your Larnach Castle experience, we follow the winding gravel roads towards Portobello, the main township on the Otago Peninsula. On the way, you will view native birds of New Zealand feeding on rich mudflats and see some of the finest scenery New Zealand has to offer.
Continuing on, we head to a unique Yellow-Eyed penguin reserve where you will use a series of tunnels and hides to get unrivaled viewing of the ‘critically endangered’ Yellow-Eyed Penguin. This Dunedin penguin tour provides you with fantastic photographic opportunities and introduces you to arguably the rarest penguin in the world. This component of the tour takes 90 minutes and requires tour members to climb 90 steps and walk for a maximum of 750 meters.
Our final stop is at Taiaroa Head, where the Northern Royal Albatross can often be seen gliding around the headland. Our guide will tell you the story of a truly amazing bird that spends most of his life at sea, and chooses the tip of the Otago Peninsula to breed. The surrounding area is also full of interest, and a perfect way to finish the day, before taking the low road back to Port Chalmers.
* Adult: 16 years or older|
* Child: 3- 15 years of age
* Children younger than 3 years old may join the tour for free
* Tour prices are based on New Zealand dollars (NZD) and converted into US dollars (USD). Constant fluctuations in the exchange rate cause prices to change on a regular basis. You will be charged the price based on the applicable exchange rate at the time of payment. All transactions are final. We do not offer discounts or compensation to those citing lower prices at a later date.
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