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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 65 Reviews Review This Tour
5 StarsSuperb Tour!August 20, 2019

Reviewer: Eric P
I highly recommend this tour. We covered a lot of ground -- the city of Dunedin and the outlying areas. The guide was completing a master's degree in zoology, and provided a great commentary on the wildlife and their habitats, from black swans to sea lions. In fact we stopped at a beach, and saw two sea lions frolicking in the sand. Highly recommended!

5 StarsDunedinApril 25, 2019

Reviewer: Patricia Fitzgibbons
Excellent tour with knowledgable and affable tour guide.

5 Starsback to nature tour April 14, 2019

Reviewer: Walter Kodakovic
thoroughly enjoyed and highly recommend this tour .Our guide was informative, gave us a very educational insight of the beaches bays and great views of Dunedin. took us on a trail to see fur seals on a secluded beach

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

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