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Time7 hours 30 minutes (Approx.)
TransportHotel pickup offered
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Offered in: English

Overview

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 an optional visit to Larnach Castle. 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.
  • Full-day tour of Dunedin city center and Otago Peninsula wildlife viewing, from Dunedin
  • See Dunedin highlights like Baldwin Street, Otago University, Dunedin Railway Station, the Octagon and Signal Hill lookout
  • Visit a yellow-eyed penguin reserve and get up close to this rare penguin species
  • Walk around Taiaroa Head to view the northern royal albatross
  • Pickup and drop-off available from Dunedin hotels or Port Chalmers cruise port
  • Small-group tour with a maximum of 19 people allows customized attention from your guide
See the highlights of Dunedin, Larnach Castle and the penguins of the Otago Peninsula — all in one day. After morning pickup from your Dunedin hotel or the Port Chalmers cruise port, your guide transports you by minivan throughout the city.

Get a look at steep Baldwin Street, the University of Otago and Dunedin Railway Station, renowned for its ornate Renaissance Revival design. You’ll pass Dunedin Town Hall and St Paul's Anglican Cathedral in the Octagon — the lively city center — and step out at the Signal Hill lookout for a wider view.

A 20-minute drive takes you to Larnach Castle (if option selected). Explore the extensive Larnach Gardens with your guide before free time to meander at your own pace. Opt to tour the mansion for a historical overview, including rumors of its haunting (own expense). You can purchase lunch at the ballroom cafe adjacent to Larnach Castle before continuing on.

Upon arrival at a nearby nature reserve on the Otago Peninsula, you’re greeted by a naturalist guide for a 1.5-hour tour to observe New Zealand’s yellow-eyed penguins. A moderate walk plus a descent of 90 steps takes you through hides for close-up viewing of the nesting site without disturbing the world’s rarest penguins.

Then rejoin your minivan for the drive to Taiaroa Head to visit nesting grounds for the northern royal albatross. Search for seabirds with the widest wingspans gliding over the headlands. Then marvel at the coastline on the return to Dunedin where your day trip ends.

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J
, Mar 2018

Saw the usual sights in Dunedin then went into the countryside and saw beaches farms and the penguins sanctuary, then the albatross nesting area, you cant see the nesting grounds from the land but if you are on a cruise ship you go right past them on the starboard side on your way out to sea. Sharon was a great guide full of enthusiasm and knowledge

P
, Mar 2018

I really enjoyed this tour. Our guide Glen educated us so much about New Zealand and Dunedin. We saw so much beautiful wildlife and the side trip to see the yellow-eyed penguins was a treat. Excellent job, Glen!

A
, Mar 2018

The small group, an expert guide and flexibility in the schedule made this a wonderful customized experience. We saw more and learned more than we could have expected. The tour combined historic mansions, a tour of the town, the world's steepest street, cafes, beaches and wildlife. A totally enjoyable experience. Would highly recommend. Good value for money.

S
, Mar 2018

Excellent tour guide. He understood what we wanted to do, focused the trip towards achieving those objectives, which he did.

H
, Jan 2018

Our guide was amazing and so knowledgable! It was a small tour and so was quite personal. Wasn't rushed, but showed off a lot of Dunedin.

G
, Nov 2017

November 17, 2017
This was a wonderful way to see the beautiful city, countryside and farms of Dunedin. Our driver was a graduate student in Zoology from the University here and was knowledgeable in all aspects of our trip. The Albatross Center was most informative and we did see a couple flying. I would have liked to have spent a little more time in the Center. We also saw the fur seals on the rocks at the ocean's edge.
The Blue Penguin Colony was very interesting. The Penguin's are endangered and the area protected. We were given a talk about the Penguins and then a walk through camouflaged trenches to viewing ports. We also saw the yellow eyed Penguin in a protective area.
The drive home was along the ocean edge, beautiful scenery and the opportunity to see many other birds.
A great excursion.

R
, Nov 2017

Our driver was a great guy and did everything he could to make the trip special. However, the van we were in was kind of tight and the sound system to hear his commentary was kind of weak. Would do it again except get to the van early to get better seats.

J
, Nov 2017

The good - very good tour guide. The ship we came in on that morning was quite late getting the passengers off, but the company waited for all of us and still fit in the entire tour. The not great - don't expect to see penguins walking around on the beach. This is a very endangered species and very few are left. There where only 8 nesting pairs in the preserve and only one nest in the viewing area, which we could only see with binoculars. There were 2 in the hospital which we could easily see. We did get a good, educational lecture at the preserve. I am still glad we took it and did enjoy the tour. Caution, the trails you will walk on in the preserve not only have steps, but are very steep in places. It was quite a workout for most of our group and others whom I spoke with.

n
, Nov 2017

Из всех туров этот был самый неудачный. Гид говорил по английски с плохим произношением и очень не понятно. Мы были в группе с людьми с круизного судна, поэтому мы постоянно спешили и уехали обратно на 1 час раньше программы . Мы не довольны

E
, Sep 2017

This was a great tour which gave a very comprehensive overview of Dunedin and the surrounds. Chris, owner and guide, was excellent, sharing his knowledge of the area and his passion for the wildlife freely. The tour starts with a tour of Dunedin city then we took the option of touring the inside of the castle as well as the gardens and I would highly recommend this. Our tour of the peninsula and it's wildlife viewing was great - plenty of stops for photos- a great day out.


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