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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 62 Reviews Review This Tour
3 StarsExploring the Otago peninsula April 07, 2019

Reviewer: Beverley Milson
We had a perfect day for this small group excursion along the beautiful peninsula & what a relaxing way to spend the morning! It was great to have the chance to view the lovely countryside , beaches & wildlife...also good to stretch our legs with some walking.

5 StarsDunedinApril 05, 2019

Reviewer: georges belanger
Well organized,enjoyed the walk on the beach c/w sea lions

5 StarsBays, Beaches & Views of DunedinMarch 23, 2019

Reviewer: Jan Bloomfield
Great tour of city, including views from viewpoint, Baldwin St etc. Our guide was very knowledgeable about the wildlife, vegetation, geography, history, etc of the area, and was very enthusiastic about showing us the area. She took us to a couple of areas in search of sea lions, and gave us a good & interesting overview of the area.

5 StarsBest excursionMarch 19, 2019

Reviewer: Cathy Sholtzow
This was the best excursion we have ever been on and a highlight of our trip. The scenery was magnificent and our tour guide was superb. He took us to an unspoiled pristine beach where he knew seals and sea lions would be in abundance. We walked the beach and got up and personal. He did not rush us and we were there for some time. If you take this tour make sure to ask to go to Allans beach!

5 StarsExcellent ExcursionMarch 19, 2019

Reviewer: Nancy Paczosa
We thoroughly enjoyed this excursion. We saw many places that we would not have seen on the ship's tours. We were excited to see 2 female New Zealand Sea Lions sleeping on the beach. When walking back to the van we were surprised by a very large juvenile male sea lion coming down the path at us. We really got a closeup view of him as our guide skillfully guided us out of the way to keep us all safe. But it was fun to see him as he would charge forward and then plop down before doing it all over again. The guide was a college student but he really enjoyed showing us the sights and was very knowledgeable as he was able to answer all of our questions.

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