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Bays, Beaches and Views of Dunedin

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Bays, Beaches and Views of Dunedin

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 96 Reviews Review This Tour
5 StarsWonderful experienceMarch 21, 2020

Reviewer: Pauline Grillos
We had a spectacular time in Dunedin thanks to this tour. We saw wildlife and gorgeous vistas. Very satisfied.

5 StarsFell in love with DunedinMarch 20, 2020

Reviewer: Jody Kao
There were only 2 couples in the tour. It felt like a private tour. We loved Dunedin and would consider it as a possible retirement location. The beach was beautiful and not crowded at all. We spotted couple sea lions sun bathing. The weather was lovely. Everything was perfect. The tour guide did an excellent job.

5 StarsBack to Nature Tours in DunedinMarch 20, 2020

Reviewer: Leah Naess
Glenn Beasley provided an informative and fun tour of the city of Dunedin that began at the harbor and went to a number of notable sites in the city with stops and time to explore. In addition, we thoroughly enjoyed touring the bays and even walking along the shoreline to remote areas where seals and sea lions nest. His understanding of nature and ecology was unsurpassed and he shared his knowledge in such a way that everyone was excited. Even those who didn't walk but stayed with the coach were able to experience the real New Zealand!

5 StarsBeautiful OtagoMarch 20, 2020

Reviewer: Bob Bennett
Our excursion was lead by our guide Marty who had unbelievable knowledge of the area and wildlife. Small group of 15 is the way to go with easy access to areas in the bus as well as easy on/off loading. We were blown away at the spots where views were extensive and time stopped at these was not a problem which allowed us to fully take in the panorama and listen to Marty's history and local info. Highlight was when we went to the beach to spot Seals. A month old seal pup came through the grassy sand dunes and came over to the bus. Great photo opportunity but we were really blown away by Marty's concern for the seal and kept other people and vehicles away from it and was finally able after contacting a Ranger to coax the seal to safety. Would thoroughly recommend this tour and company to everyone and full compliments to Marty

5 StarsGreat tourMarch 17, 2020

Reviewer: David Brindle
We had a lot to see in a short time, guide did a wonderful job of pointing out the highlights and making frequent stops along the way.

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