Bays, Beaches and Views of Dunedin

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We leave Port Chalmers and approach Dunedin from the north climbing above the harbor to a fantastic view of the Otago Peninsula. As we get close to the city we take a brief stop at Baldwin Street and the historic Dunedin Railway Station before we make our way out onto the Otago Peninsula.

Meandering along the 'low road' towards Portobello, the evidence of Dunedin's 'fiery' past is obvious. Turning south we leave the sealed roads behind and travel through the scenic inlets where the tide regularly replaces nutrients that attract waders and waterfowl to this remote and scenic area. Dunedin has some of the finest beaches in the southern hemisphere - we will take you on a short walk where encounters with NZ sea-lions and NZ fur seal are common. A tour of Dunedin is incomplete unless you've seen our amazing beaches.

Our small group guided tour of Dunedin and the Otago Peninsula will reveal a rugged coastline with white sandy beaches, stunning scenery and rare wildlife. The tour continues out onto the Otago Peninsula where we will stop and let you get out the bus as often as possible to take advantage of the views. Learn about the volcanic origin of Dunedin before we explore the remote southern parts of the headland. This 75 mile scenic journey takes you to the best vantage points of the Otago Peninsula and back down to the bays and beaches that surround Dunedin.

The tour continues along the old mining roads, towards the small township of Portobello as we take the scenic 'low road' back towards Dunedin city. The tour is designed to be flexible and perfect for those looking for a relaxing half-day tour with fantastic photographic opportunities.

If you are on the morning tour, we can also drop you in the city centre so that you can explore Dunedin on your own. You can then catch one of the cruise ship shuttles that depart for Port Chalmers every 15 minutes or take a local taxi back to your ship.

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3 Hours 30 minutes
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We recommend wearing comfortable clothing and sensible walking shoes.
Guests must be able to walk over paved, gravel and packed dirt surfaces. Fold up wheelchairs can be accommodated with advance notice.
4.5 Stars4.5Based On 36 Reviews Review This Tour
4 StarsThe title is accurateFebruary 27, 2018

Reviewer: Robert Falk
This was our third tour of this trip, so some of the beauty of the New Zealand coast was already familiar to us. A special treat was being taken to a path several hundred meters through the dunes to witness the crashing surf up close. Our driver had a tendency to not elaborate on basic facts, so he was not as interesting as most guides we've experienced.

4 StarsDunedin and suroundingsFebruary 10, 2018

Reviewer: Marin Dinu
Very nice trip, had the chance to encounter see lions on the beach, also to walk on the steepest street in the world!

5 StarsVery Nice ExcursionFebruary 07, 2018

Reviewer: Jack Stepp
The excursion gave us a great scenic introduction to the area. Very enjoyable. Fulfilled expectations well. Knowledgeable guide. I recommend it.

5 StarsGreat tour of the area.January 31, 2018

Reviewer: Joan
We were in Dunedin for the day with our cruise. This tour took us to see many of the highlights in the area that we surely would have missed out on our own. Best was the magnificent beach with seals lounging around.. we ended the tour in Dunedin, spending an hour or so there before returning to the ship. I highly recommend it!

4 StarsNice tour guideJanuary 30, 2018

Reviewer: THANH NGA BO
Our tour guide was very knowledgeable. I would recommend to everyone to take this beautiful and comfortable ride. Love it!

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