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 29 Reviews Review This Tour
4 StarsPleasant DriveJanuary 08, 2018

Reviewer: Charlene Murphy
Tour leader was a local and very knowledgeable about history and the land. I saw sea lions and birds and sheep. Very pleasant drive and day in nature.

5 StarsGREAT DAY OUT. January 01, 2018

Reviewer: Margaret Bowman
Very comprehensive and interesting tour. Got to see a lot of the countryside and still had time to explore Dunedin. Tour guide was very friendly and knowlegeable. Highly re omnend.

4 StarsGood DayDecember 11, 2017

Reviewer: Mitch Blaesing
The ride was nice, drive very informative, the views amazing. Well worth it.

5 StarsGreat ViewsApril 01, 2017

Reviewer: Louis Suarez
The trip was well worth the money, as the ride and views were amazing. We even stopped on were able to walk on the beach and observed sea lions. We were met by a representative who was very friendly and informative on Dunedin. We would recommend this excursion to any one who can take long walk to the beach and interested in history.

5 StarsBeautiful DunedinMarch 31, 2017

Reviewer: marthac
We thoroughly enjoyed our day in Dunedin with Chris. He was very knowledgeable about the area and gave us a great overview of the history of Dunedin, and the surrounding Bay and Beach area. We had a beautiful day. This was one of the highlights of our trip. We highly recommend this tour.

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