Dunedin Sightseeing Scenic Tour | Dunedin Highlights

Dunedin Sightseeing Scenic Tour | Dunedin Highlights

Departing Port Chalmers for Dunedin City we travel alongside the harbour with great views across to the Otago Peninsula, which we will be visiting later.

Our first stop is at New Zealand's oldest university, Otago, opened in July 1871 with a staff of just three Professors, it is now a major centre of learning with over 20,000 students from over 100 nations.

Any tour of Dunedin has to include a visit to the iconic Railway Station, with time to look around this architectural gem of a building and perhaps watch the Taieri Gorge train depart.

Then to The Octagon, the heart of Dunedin, time here for photos and a quick coffee stop if you wish at the Dunedin Art Gallery.

Leaving the city centre, spotting more landmarks on the way, its out to the Otago Peninsula along the High Road, we will have stunning views over the Harbour and city far below.

Next is the famous Larnach Castle, sitting at the peak of the Peninsula, you will see amazing views from the impressive gardens and grounds. If you wish you can take a self guided tour of the Castle (extra charge applies) and climb the spiral stairs for views from the tower. The Ballroom Cafe is our lunch venue (at your cost) and we have reserved tables for our group.

Leaving the Castle, we wind our way back down to the harbours edge for the return to the city, always keeping an eye out for wildlife along the waters edge.

The afternoon allows us time to explore more of Dunedin's sights, such as St Clair Beach (where the pounding ocean creates a great surfing break), or the Signal Hill lookout (for panoramic views over the area).

Before heading back to Port Chalmers and the ship, a must see item is "Baldwin Street" the steepest in the world. Feeling fit? then see how far up you can walk! A great photo stop as well.

Please note that the order of the tour may vary depending on the weather conditions, ships arrival times and traffic issues. On rare days we may run this tour on 22 seat coaches due to demand.

Tour Info

Tour Type: Cruise Ship Shore Excursions
From: Dunedin to Dunedin
Price: From (NZD) $129 per person
Duration: 1 Day
Tour Code: DND1


Comfortable air conditioned transport
Experienced driver/guide with full commentary throughout
Pick up and drop off to the cruise ship tenders
A visit to the Albatross Centre

Tour Highlights

  • Small Group Tour
  • Royal Albatross Visitor Centre
  • Baldwin Street – the worlds steepest street!
  • Central Dunedin city sights
  • Dunedin Railway Station
  • Otago University
  • Otago Peninsula

Tour Departures

  • Frequency: Departures coincide with cruise ship arrivals.
  • Departure Point: Port Chalmers – a short walk from the gangway
  • Departure Time: 9.30am but on some days the ships may arrive or depart at different times so tour times will be adjusted to suit
  • Duration: 5 1/2 hours approximately
  • Return Details: Tour ends at 15:00pm
  • Closed: This tour only operates on days cruise ships arrive into Port Chalmers

Important Information

  • Availability is very limited, Please email or make contact with a Relaxing Journeys consultant first to check availability before booking via the website.
  • Children under 4 year olds can travel free of charge and are not assigned a seat unless a seat is required then child rates apply
  • This tour must be booked at least 72 hours in advance of travel
  • Confirmation for this product will be received within 24 hours of booking, subject to availability.
  • Tour is operated in English unless otherwise stated.
  • Complete operator information, including opening times and local contact telephone numbers are included on your e-voucher.
  • Voted #1 on Trip Advisor and award winners 2014, 2015 and 2016

Tourism Affiliations

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There are 2 reviews of this tour from past clients of Relaxing Journeys, averaging 4 out of 5.

Tour Reviews

The tour was excellent, the bus driver was very friendly, knowledge and informative. What a great way to see the city and surrounds. Pick up from the cruise terminal was very easy.
Overall Tour Rating

Really enjoyed the tour. Small group and flexible. Only trouble was that the guide's microphone didn't work very well and my elderly aunt who has hearing difficulties couldn't hear most of the commentary. We asked him to increase the volume but he said the mouthpiece was faulty. Otherwise would have given a higher rating.
Overall Tour Rating

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Dunedin Sightseeing Scenic Tour | Dunedin Highlights
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Tour Code: DND1
From (NZD) $129 per person
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Departing Port Chalmers for Dunedin City we travel alongside the harbour with great views across to the Otago Peninsula, which we will be visiting lat... Read More

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