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Dunedin

Famous for its wildlife and Scottish heritage

Settled in the 1840's by Scottish immigrants, Dunedin retains its Gaelic character, with impressive stone buildings and is home to Otago University. The cruise ships berth at Port Chalmers, a short distance from the city centre. Wildlife sanctuaries on the Otago Peninsula and New Zealand's only castle - Larnach Castle are popular tour destinations.

Dunedin Railway Station, a stop on tour in New Zealand

DND-1  |  Dunedin Highlights  |  5.50 hrs  |  

NZ $110.00

Make the most of your time on our "Highlights" small group [usually up to 15 persons or less], personal tour. You will see and learn more about Dunedin and the Otago Peninsula with your guide able to take you places the coach tour ....

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Baldwin Street in Dunedin

DND-11  |  Dunedin Hop On Hop Off Bus  |  

NZ $45.00

The Hop On Hop Off bus gets you to Dunedin from Port Chalmers, then regular circuits travel to all the main city sights with stops at the Octagon, Speights Brewery, Cadbury World, Baldwin Street, Botanic Gardens, University, Museu ....

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Railway Station 1

DND-7  |  Half day Dunedin City Sights  |  3.50 hrs  |  

NZ $65.00

Our half day tour of Dunedin starts from Port Chalmers, travelling along the harbour road into Dunedin. We show you all the main sights including The University of Otago, Signal Hill Lookout, the World's steepest street, Olveston ....

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Baldwin Street

DND-3  |  Scenic Dunedin - Volcanic Hills & Beaches  |  3.75 hrs  |  

NZ $83.00

We take you on an 80km journey over rolling hills, originally vents, domes or lava flows from the explosive volcanic past. Stunning views combined with the scenic beaches and bays of Dunedin and the Otago Peninsula create an amazi ....

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Yellow Eyed Penguin

DND-5  |  Nature and Wildlife Walking Tour  |  4.00 hrs  |  

NZ $99.00

We visit remote parts of the Otago Peninsula on a coastal walk that shows the dramatic scenery of the southern coastline. Rugged cliffs, sand dunes and intriguing wildlife make this walk one of the finest in the region. [3 km - 2 ....

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Female and Chick

DND-14  |  Unique Tiki-Tour  |  4.50 hrs  |  

NZ $115.00

Travel the entire length of the Otago Peninsula where you will be treated to see wild Albatross in their natural environment and the underground Fort Taiaroa with the Armstrong Disappearing Gun.

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Olveston Homestead 1

DND-8  |  Dunedin City Sights and Olveston House  |  7.00 hrs  |  

NZ $135.00

Dunedin, once New Zealand's largest and most prosperous city, has a remarkable number of historic buildings. Our tour shows you many of the towering stone churches and grand civic buildings, a highlight being our tour through the ....

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Larnach Castle on the Otago Peninsula

DND-13  |  Dunedin City Sights and Larnach Castle  |  7.00 hrs  |  

NZ $145.00

Our full-day City Sights Tour taking in many of Dunedin's iconic buildings, landmarks and scenic lookouts includes a fully guided tour of New Zealand's infamous Castle built over a century ago by William Larnach high up on the hil ....

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Taieri Gorge

DND-15  |  Taieri Gorge Train and Otago Peninsula  |  7.50 hrs  |  

NZ $193.00

Combine a trip on the Taieri Gorge Railway with trip to Otago Peninsula to see the local wildlife. A 4 hour return scenic train ride is followed by the tour of the peninsula. The scenery and sights are not to be missed!

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Royal Albatross

DND-10  |  Natures Wonders - Albatross Colony - City  |  7.75 hrs  |  

NZ $195.00

Dunedin City sights plus amazing wildlife, the famous Railway Station, Baldwin Street (steepest in the World) Dunedin University and City, seals and penguins at Nature's Wonders, plus the Royal Albatross Colony.

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Dunedin Railway Station

DND-2  |  Natures Wonders - Larnach Castle - City  |  7.75 hrs  |  

NZ $195.00

Visit Larnach Castle, city sights and see penguins and seals up close at Nature's Wonders. Then a tour of Larnach Castle, back to the city for the University, Railway Station and Baldwin Street - the steepest in the world.

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Albatross and Ship

DND-4  |  Back To Nature Tour  |  7.75 hrs  |  

NZ $193.00

The Otago Peninsula is a scenic treat and home to some of the rarest wildlife in New Zealand, such as the Yellow-Eyed Penguin, fur seals and the Royal Albatross. Learn about the forest plants at Larnach Castle in the stunning grou ....

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Taieri Gorge Railway from the air

DND-6  |  Historic Taieri Gorge with Wine and Cheese plus City Sights  |  8.00 hrs  |  

NZ $245.00

One of the world's great train trips, the half day train journey travels up the Taieri River Gorge, a full commentary giving you the story about its engineering feat of construction which took 12 years from 1879 to 1891. Plus all ....

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Foton

DND-S100  |  12 passenger minibus Dunedin  |  from 6.00 hrs - 12 persons -

from NZ $840.00

Book one of our comfortable 12 passenger minibuses driven by our experienced guides. Pre-book your itinerary with our team, or discuss the options with your driver on the day. Either way we will make sure you get back to the ship ....

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Daimler DS420 Limousine

DND-S2  |  Classic Daimler Limousine  |  from 4.00 hrs - 7 persons -

from NZ $530.00

Book one of our classic limousines and enjoy the sights of Dunedin in style. Your own chauffeur will look after you throughout the day and make sure you see just what you want, at your pace.

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Jaguar XJ8

DND-S3  |  Jaguar Saloon Private Tour  |  from 4.00 hrs - 4 persons -

from NZ $435.00

Book one of our luxury limousines and enjoy the sights of Dunedin in style. Your own chauffeur will look after you throughout the day and make sure you see just what you want, at your pace.

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Mercedes Benz Interior

DND-S4  |  Mercedes Saloon Tour  |  from 4.00 hrs - 4 persons -

from NZ $550.00

Book one of our luxury Mercedes Benz saloons and enjoy the sights of Dunedin in style. Your own chauffeur will look after you throughout the day and make sure you see just what you want, at your pace.

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10 passenger minibus

DND-S5  |  Private 10 seat Minibus Tour Dunedin  |  from 4.00 hrs - 10 persons -

from NZ $920.00

Book one of our 10 passenger minibuses and enjoy the sights of Dunedin. Your own driver/guide will look after you throughout the day and make sure you see just what you want, at your pace.

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Bentley S1 Limousine Dunedin Private Tours New Zealand

DND-S6  |  Bentley S1 Private Tour  |  from 4.00 hrs - 4 persons -

from NZ $550.00

Book one of our classic Bentley limousines and enjoy the sights of Dunedin in style. Your own chauffeur will look after you throughout the day and make sure you see just what you want, at your pace.

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S Class luxury limousine for your private Dunedin Shore Excursion in New Zealand

DND-S7  |  S Class Mercedes Private Tour  |  from 4.00 hrs - 4 persons -

from NZ $550.00

Book one of our luxury Mercedes Benz S Class limousines and enjoy the sights of Dunedin in style. Your own chauffeur will look after you throughout the day and make sure you see just what you want, at your pace.

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Premium grade minibus tours in Dunedin

DND-S8  |  Premium Grade Minivan Private Tour  |  from 4.00 hrs - 6 persons -

from NZ $550.00

Book one of our premium grade minivans and enjoy the sights of Dunedin in comfort. Your own driver/guide will look after you throughout the day and make sure you see just what you want, at your pace.

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Wheelchair accessible vehicle in Dunedin

DND-S9  |  Mobility Vehicle Private Charter  |  from 4.00 hrs - 8 persons -

from NZ $520.00

Our specially adapted minibuses with wheelchair hoists can take up to 3 wheelchair users and up to 4 additional passengers, or 1 wheelchair and 7 passengers. The experienced driver/guide will make sure you travel in comfort and sa ....

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Toyota Hiace minibus

DND-S10  |  11 passenger minibus Dunedin  |  from 4.00 hrs - 11 persons -

from NZ $800.00

Book one of our premium grade minivans and enjoy the sights of Dunedin in comfort. Your own driver/guide will look after you throughout the day and make sure you see just what you want, at your pace

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Vehicles

DND-S11  |  5 passenger mobility vehicle  |  from 6.00 hrs - 5 persons -

from NZ $780.00

Enjoy a day seeing the sights of Dunedin - what you see and do is entirely up to you! The vehicle can accommodate 1 wheelchair as well as 4 other passengers.

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Dunedin Railway Station, a stop on tour in New Zealand

DND-G1  |  Dunedin Highlights Group Tour  |  6.00 hrs

Make the most of your time on our "Highlights" group tour. You will see and learn more about Dunedin and the Otago Peninsula with your guide able to tailor the tour program to suit your interests.

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Dunedin Railway Station

DND-G2  |  Dunedin Wildlife - Cruise and Castle Tour  |  7.50 hrs

This full day tour shows you the best destinations of this area, the Otago Peninsula. You will see Penguins and wildlife on both land and by sea, plus the only Castle in New Zealand and city highlights of Dunedin.

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Yellow Eyed Penguin

DND-G3  |  Penguins - Speights Brewery - City Sights  |  7.00 hrs


See the endangered Yellow Eyed Penguin up close, visit and tour the original Alehouse in NZ at Speights Brewery, plus visit the quintessential city sights in this fun filled day.

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Seal pups on the shore

DND-G4  |  Dunedin City - Cruise and Otago Wildlife  |  8.00 hrs

This full day tour shows you the best destinations of this area, the Otago Peninsula. You will see Penguins and wildlife on both land and by sea, plus visit the Albatross Centre at the very tip of the Peninsula.

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The Otago Peninsula Views

DND-G5  |  Dunedin City & Larnach Castle plus Lunch  |  7.00 hrs

Explore the impressive Larnach Castle set atop the stunning Otago Peninsula, enjoy lunch in its ballroom restaurant before a sightseeing trip around the city of Dunedin. Contact us for groups of more than 50 persons.

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Dunedin Railway Station

DND-G9  |  Taieri Gorge Railway & Larnach Castle  |  8.00 hrs

See the top two sights of Dunedin, one of the world's great train rides on the Taieri River Gorge from Dunedin's historic Train Station, plus New Zealand's only castle, Larnach Castle set atop the Otago Peninsula.

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Taieri Gorge Railway

DND-G11  |  Taieri Gorge Railway and City Sights Group Tour  |  7.00 hrs

One of the world's great train trips up the Taieri River Gorge where we meet you at Pukerangi Station for a scenic drive back to Dunedin. Plus all the main sights in Dunedin in the afternoon.

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Dunedin Railway Station

DND-G13  |  Taieri Gorge Railway and Otago Wildlife  |  9.00 hrs

Experience the top two activities in Dunedin, one of the world's great train rides on the Taieri River Gorge from Dunedin's historic Train Station, plus see the Penguins and Albatross on the the Otago Peninsula.

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Larnach Castle Ballroom Restaurant

DND-G15  |  Dunedin City & Larnach Castle Tour  |  7.00 hrs

Explore the impressive Larnach Castle set atop the stunning Otago Peninsula, with a guided tour of the grounds and castle before sightseeing in the city of Dunedin to see all its famous landmarks.

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BMW 320 diesel sedan self drive rental car in Dunedin New Zealand

DND-R2  |  BMW 320 Diesel Rental Car

  |  NZ $130.00

Our medium sized quality European vehicles are fine for 4 or 5 persons. All have automatic transmission and air-conditioning. We provide a GPS free of charge for peace of mind. Ask us about pre-booking your activities to save time ....

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VW Beetle convertible rental car in Dunedin New Zealand

DND-R4  |  VW Convertible Beetle rental car

  |  NZ $180.00

For a really fun day out book our convertible Volkswagen Beetle, suitable for 4 adults. With automatic transmission and air-conditioning its a great ride rain or sun.. We provide a GPS free of charge for peace of mind. Ask us abou ....

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VW Caravelle 7 seat minivan rental car in Dunedin New Zealand

DND-R5  |  VW Caravelle 7 seat Rental Car

  |  NZ $180.00

Our 7 seat VW Caravelle vehicles are great for larger groups. All have automatic transmission, air-conditioning and are late model vehicles. We can also provide GPS for peace of mind. Ask us about pre-booking your activities and i ....

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Mercedes Benz S500 luxury rental car in Dunedin New Zealand

DND-R6  |  Mercedes Benz S500 rental car

  |  NZ $180.00

Our Luxury Mercedes Benz S class, though an older model, still provides a premium driving experience. One of the most over-engineered cars of its day, its a solid and safe vehicle. We provide a GPS free of charge for peace of mind ....

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Mercedes Benz S280L luxury rental car in Dunedin New Zealand

DND-R7  |  Mercedes Benz S280L rental car

  |  NZ $305.00

Real Luxury in our Mercedes Benz S class, provides a premium driving experience. The long wheel base has plenty of room for 5, its a solid and safe vehicle. We provide a GPS free of charge for peace of mind. Ask us about pre-booki ....

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Mercedes E240 Exterior

DND-R9  |  Mercedes Benz E240 rental car

  |  NZ $150.00

Our Luxury Mercedes Benz S class, though an older model, still provides a premium driving experience. One of the most over-engineered cars of its day, its a solid and safe vehicle. We provide a GPS free of charge for peace of mind ....

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Settled in the 1840's by Scottish immigrants, the city still retains its Gaelic character, full of impressive stone buildings and also home to Otago University, a leading academic institution. The Cruise Ships berth at Port Chalmers, a short distance from the city centre. Wildlife sanctuaries on the Otago Peninsula are popular tour destinations.

Visit New Zealands only castle, Larnach Castle. Take the Taieri Gorge rail trip from the impressive train station, or maybe indulge yourself at Cadburys Chocolate factory or the Speights Brewery, both offer tours and tastings.

Dunedin is the second-largest city in the South Island of New Zealand, and the principal city of the Otago Region. While Tauranga, Napier-Hastings and Hamilton have eclipsed the city in population in recent years to make it only the seventh largest city in New Zealand, Dunedin is still considered to be one of the four main cities of New Zealand for historic, cultural, and geographic reasons.

Dunedin was the largest city in New Zealand by population until about 1900. The harbour and hills around Dunedin are the remnants of an extinct volcano. The city's largest industry is tertiary education - Dunedin is home to the University of Otago, New Zealand's first university (1869).

Archaeological evidence shows the first human (Maori) occupation of New Zealand occurred between AD 1250-1300, with population concentrated along the southeast coast. Maori tradition tells first of a people called Kahui Tipua living in the area, then Te Rapuwai, semi-legendary but considered to be historical. The next arrivals were Waitaha followed by Kati Mamoe late in the 16th century and then Kai Tahu (Ngai Tahu in modern standard Maori) who arrived in the mid 17th century.

James Cook stood off what is now the coast of Dunedin between 25 February 1770 and 5 March 1770, naming Cape Saunders on the Otago Peninsula and Saddle Hill. He reported penguins and seals in the vicinity, which led sealers to visit from the beginning of the 19th century. William Tucker became the first European to settle in the area in 1815. Permanent European occupation dates from 1831 when the Weller brothers founded their whaling station on the Otago Harbour.

By the late 1830s, the harbour was an international whaling port. The Lay Association of the Free Church of Scotland founded Dunedin at the head of Otago Harbour in 1848 as the principal town of its special settlement. The name comes from DunEideann, the Scottish Gaelic name for Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland.

The climate of Dunedin in general is temperate, but the weather conditions often vary between suburbs mostly due to the city's topographical layout. It is also greatly modified by its proximity to the ocean. This leads to warm summers and relatively mild winters. Winter can occasionally be frosty but sunny, and significant snowfall is uncommon, except in the inland hill suburbs. Spring can feature "four seasons in a day" weather, but from November to April it is generally settled and mild. Temperatures during summer can reach over 30C (86F)

    I see that ships come in to Port Chalmers, how far is it to the city?

Its 14 km by road to Dunedin City centre. Most ships offer a shuttle bus service [at your cost] though you can also take a taxi or the local buses just outside the port. If there are are 3 or 4 of you the taxi will be cheaper than the cruise line shuttle and be more flexible.

    I want to go on the Taieri Gorge train trip, is this possible?

Yes, we offer an independent tour that includes the Taieri Gorge Railway. We meet you at the ship and transfer you the main station in Dunedin, as only cruise ship tour passengers can join the train at the port [though you pay for for this in the ticket price]

    Can I visit the Moeraki boulders from this port of call?

Yes, though they are to the north of the city and most trips head out to the Otago peninsular, so you may need to book a private tour or rent a car. Its about 70km so allow 75 minutes for the drive.

    I have been told that Olveston House is better than Larnach Castle to visit?

They are quite different, Larnach is an impressive building in a stunning location at the top of the Otago Peninsula, whereas Olveston House is in the city centre but has a much more complete interior and the guided tour is very informative. Larnach gets quite busy on cruise ship days.

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Have just added our new Highlights tour for Dunedin, these great value small group tours [no more than 15 persons] allow for a much more personal tour experience and lets you see and do more than the large coach tours.

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We had a great time on our tour to see the Seals and Penguins on the Otago Peninsula, the drive around the bays and then back on the high road was stunning.

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