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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 78 Reviews Review This Tour
5 StarsDunedin January 10, 2020

Reviewer: Kerstin Egborg Rogers
Too bad it was a cool and wet day. In spite we had a great tour. A very informative and all around great guide. Loved it from beginning to end.

5 StarsBays, Beaches and Views of DunedinJanuary 06, 2020

This was the best out of our three tours. Oliver, our guide, was very interesting to listen to. He obviously knew a lot about his subject.

5 StarsBays, Beaches and Views of DunedinJanuary 06, 2020

Please ignore the review I sent just before.I got the guides confused. This one is the right one: We thought Dunedin was a beautiful town. Definitely worth visiting! Scenery was magnificent and I particularly liked the Old Historical part of the town. Our guide was very knowledgeable too!

5 StarsVery niceJanuary 02, 2020

Reviewer: Fernande Lachance
We liked everythin in this tour. Thank you

5 StarsFun Day touring Dunedin with a great guideDecember 21, 2019

Reviewer: Carol Shepherd
Nice varied tour which showcased the lovely city, the beautiful scenery surrounding it, and some wildlife as well. Guide did a great job and seemed to really enjoy his work. Especially loved the stop at a beach park reserve with a trek to the water through dunes to see local seals. Would warn those with mobility issues that this walk could be a challenge.

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