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Dunedin and Otago Peninsula Full-Day Nature Tour

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21 reviews

Activity provider: Back to Nature Tours

Dunedin and Otago Peninsula Full-Day Nature Tour

Activity provider: Back to Nature Tours
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From US$ 128.29 per person

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Visit some of the finest lookouts and must-see places in Dunedin on a full day tour. Admire both the notable architecture of the historical buildings and the natural beauty found along the coastline of the Otago Peninsula.

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Duration 7.5 hours
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  • Admire Dunedin’s Edwardian and Victorian architecture on a scenic city drive
  • Visit the steepest street in the world and Signal Hill for a spectacular lookout over Dunedin
  • Journey to the Otago Peninsula to visit places exclusively accessible by smaller vehicles
  • Explore the unique collection of specialized gardens at Larnach Castle
  • See yellow-eyed penguins, little blue penguins, sea lions, fur-seals and albatross
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Make the most of your visit to Dunedin, the oldest city in New Zealand, on a full-day tour. Be picked up from your central accommodation or from Port Chalmers, and begin your tour with a scenic drive of Dunedin’s city highlights. Visit New Zealand’s oldest university, the historic Dunedin Railway Station, and Baldwin Street, the steepest street in the world. Journey out onto the Otago Peninsula to explore Larnach Castle’s unique gardens where you will have the opportunity to purchase lunch.  Follow winding gravel roads towards Portobello, visiting tidal inlets along the way. View native birds and see the stunning scenery along the rugged coastline. Take an adventurous journey through a series of tunnels for unrivaled views of the critically endangered Yellow-Eyed Penguin. See Little Blue Penguins as well as New Zealand Sea Lions and Fur Seals who come ashore regularly. Visit Taiaroa Head, where the Northern Royal Albatross can often be seen gliding around the headland. The tour concludes with your return to your accommodation or Port Chalmers around 4:15 PM. 
  • Pick-up and drop off
  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan
  • Local guide
  • Larnach Gardens entry fee
  • Penguin Reserve entry fee
  • Larnach Castle entry fee, if add-on selected at check-out
  • Meals and drinks

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Important information

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  • Please wear comfortable clothing and walking shoes
  • You can opt to include entry to Lanarch Castle by adding it on at the checkout
  • Note that lunch is not included, you will have the opportunity to purchase lunch on the day. If you have any dietary requirements, please let your guide know on the day of your tour
  • The penguin tour in the afternoon provides you with fantastic photographic opportunities and introduces you to one of the rarest penguins in the world
  • Note that there are 90 steps to climb and 600 meters to trek, taking approximately 90-minutes
  • Departure times can vary and will be confirmed by the local operator prior to your travel date
  • Pick-up and drop off can also be arranged for cruise ship passengers arriving at Port Chalmers, Dunedin, New Zealand. Provide your ship's details when booking
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4.8 /5

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We thoroughly enjoyed our day with Finn (I think that was his name). We is very knowledgeable in all aspects of nature, tourism, history and I dare say politics! He is very passionate about his job and passionate as well about all things “nature” and the well being of our earth and ecosystems. The tour itself is well balanced and would satisfy any one, even if they were not nature lovers. The city tour including Signal Hill, Baldwin Street, University of Otago, Train Station, Larnach Castle and gardens and the many old notable buildings, the scenic drive over coastal and farmland was exquisite. The scenery was amazing. We saw lots and lots of nature, including birds, sea animals and land animals- sea lions, fur seals, Blue Penguins, Yellow eyed Penguins and the Albatross taking flight. A fun filled day with lots of interesting tales with an awesome Guide.

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February 18, 2020

The tour dirrctor is very punctual, friendly and helpful. He gave very useful information about the nature of the tour snd offered care to every member It is s bit pity that the your departed nearly sn hour later due to no show of some member .In result ,we have only an hour to visit the Larnach Castle, it is not enough time to see thr Castle, the garden and for the light lunch.

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February 12, 2020

January 23, 2020

Product ID: 69579