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Albatross and Ship Otago peninsular Alabatross and Chick Yellow Eyed Penguin on beach Yellow Eyed Penguin Larnach Castle

Back To Nature Tour

Get Back To Nature with us!

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 grounds, plus Dunedin City sights.

DND-4 | 7.50 hrs | Adults NZ $193.00 | Children NZ $125.00


You will see

  • Baldwin Street (the steepest in the world)
  • Dunedin City
  • Dunedin Railway Station
  • Larnach Castle Gardens
  • New Zealand Fur Seals
  • Otago Peninsula scenery
  • Royal Albatross
  • Signal Hill Lookout
  • Waders and waterfowl
  • Yellow Eyed Penguins

The tour begins when we meet you close to the Cruise ship - our tour vehicles are just a few minutes walk from the gangway in the Private Tours area.

Our first destination is a visit to Baldwin Street - the steepest street in the world, where you have the opportunity to walk up it if you are feeling energetic. Then it's on to the Otago University - an architectural masterpiece, which after the Dunedin Railway Station, is one of the most photographed buildings in New Zealand. Both the interior and exterior will amaze you.

Following this, we cross the city out to the Otago Peninsula as we embark on a journey that will bring you closer to nature than you could ever imagine.

First stop here is Larnach Castle, to see the wonderful gardens, views and bird life. Your guide will introduce many of the native plants to you as you tour the extensive grounds. You also have an option to go inside the castle to view the formal rooms of this, the only castle in New Zealand. Additional cost is $20 per adult and $6 per child). You also have an opportunity to purchase some lunch here in the castle ballroom.

After this we will explore the most scenic areas of the Peninsula including the tidal inlets where many species of waders and waterfowl can be seen. We travel along the narrow gravel roads and give you the chance to take magical photographs. Some of the birds travel thousands of kilometres to enjoy the abundant food present in these inlets.

The highlight for many is a visit to the Yellow-Eyed Penguin reserve where you will get up close to the Yellow-Eyed Penguin. The tour lasts approximately 1.5 hours. It does require some walking up and down slopes and steps, so bring comfortable walking shoes.

Then to the only mainland breeding colony of the Royal Albatross at the tip of the peninsula where we hope to see these wonderful birds fly. Here, at the Albatross Centre we can learn more about the amazing birds and we should also be able to see these magnificent birds as they swoop and fly in the winds over the headland.

We then return you to the Cruise ship along the scenic roads of the Otago Peninsula, back through Dunedin City and then out to Port Chalmers along the harbour-side road in good time to board the ship before departure.

  • Collection from the ship
  • Comfortable air-conditioned transport
  • Entry to Albatross Centre
  • Entry to Penguin Place
  • Experienced guide
  • Transfer back to the ship
Not Included
  • Entry to Larnach Castle which is optional. Cost is $20 per adult and $6 per child
  • Lunch (we offer you the chance to buy your lunch at the Ballroom Cafe of Larnach Castle)
  • Good idea to bring some warm and waterproof clothing as the weather on the Otago Peninsula can change quickly and the winds are sometimes strong. Good walking shoes are also recommended.
  • Please note that this tour is not operating on Christmas day, 25th December.
  • User of fold up wheelchairs are accepted, however, as there are 90 steps to negotiate at the penguin reserve our guide will remain with any disabled clients if they can not take this part of the tour.

Standard Tour Schedule Options

      start time     end time
Standard Departure 08:45 16:30
Note: Start and end times may be adjusted
to suit ships ETA or ETD in port

Standard Tour Charges

Adult price     NZ $193.00
Child price (4 to 15 yrs)     NZ $125.00

Standard Tour Group Discounts

11+ persons     10.00 %

Exclusive Tour Prices

1 person     NZ $1,175.00
2 persons     NZ $1,275.00
3 persons     NZ $1,375.00
4 persons     NZ $1,475.00
5 persons     NZ $1,575.00
6 persons     NZ $1,675.00
7 persons     NZ $1,765.00
8 persons     NZ $1,825.00
9 persons     NZ $1,875.00
10 persons     NZ $1,925.00
11 persons     NZ $2,075.00
12 persons     NZ $2,520.00
13 persons     NZ $2,670.00
14 persons     NZ $2,820.00
15 persons     NZ $2,970.00
16 persons     NZ $3,120.00
17 persons     NZ $3,270.00
18 persons   NZ $3,420.00
19 persons     NZ $3,570.00
20 persons     NZ $3,720.00

     Will we be guaranteed to see the wildlife?

Like all wildlife tours there can never be a 100% guarantee that you will see the wildlife. Penguins, Seals and Albatross have seasonal times when they are sometimes difficult to see, but on most tours you should see a least a few of each of these.

    Will I be taken back to the ship?

Yes, the tour ends at the ship side in Port Chalmers, always in plenty of time to board the ship.

    If the ship arrives after 9am will you wait for us?

Our tours are only offered to suit the ship's arrival times so we will wait for the ship to dock before departing, though please ensure you get off the ship to start the tour as soon as possible. Don't wait for all the ship's own tour passengers to depart first, be at the gangway ready to leave as soon as the ship ties up.

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We learnt so much about the nature of the Otago Peninsula on this tour, such informative guides.

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