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Dunedin

The basics

For many visitors, friendly Dunedin is a starting point for visiting the surrounding coast. The nearby Otago Peninsula is home to penguins, seals, and sea lions, with wildlife tours that seek the animals out in their natural habitats. An out-and-back trip on the Taieri Gorge Railway takes you through dramatic landscapes, while Larnach Castle is a historic destination for high tea. Don’t miss city landmarks, either, from the historic Dunedin Railway Station to St. Paul’s Cathedral, the Olveston House, and the Toitu Otago Settlers Museum.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Dunedin & The Otago Peninsula

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Steep
Constance_M, Feb 2020
Dunedin Shore Excursion: Small-Group Tour of Dunedin and the Otago Peninsula
Loved our intelligent and informed driver...his knowledge of the natural world was delightful and since Dunedin was our first stop in New Zealand, gave us a basic insight into the country which was helpful for the entire trip. Fun stop at the beach and also the steepest street in the world. Thank you!
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Very satisfying tour
Richard_C, Mar 2020
Dunedin Shore Excursion: Small-Group Tour of Dunedin and the Otago Peninsula
One of the best excursions we have taken during our tour of New Zealand. Driver/guide was very knowledgeable and interesting to listen to. Was able to answer a myriad of questions submitted to him by the group. Took us to a small trail which eventually led out to a beautiful beach where we were able to take pictures of a seal basking in the sunshine. Breathtaking views of the coast line and a very satisfying experience.
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Good general tour
William_R, Mar 2020
Dunedin Shore Excursion: Small-Group Tour of Dunedin and the Otago Peninsula
Good general tour around town and the local area. The beach stop was the best part. Tour guide was engaging and kept things interesting.
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Very enjoyable half day tour
James_S, Feb 2020
Dunedin Shore Excursion: Small-Group Tour of Dunedin and the Otago Peninsula
Thoroughly enjoyed this small group tour with Oly as our guide, he was very knowledgable and friendly. He took us to some really interesting sights/places around Dunedin and the Otago Peninsula. The highlight was visiting a beach where we saw two fur seals play fighting and were able to get within a few yards for some fantastic photographs. I would recommend this tour.
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Super trip!
leschang68, Feb 2020
Dunedin Shore Excursion: Small-Group Tour of Dunedin and the Otago Peninsula
Excellent trip! A little city a lot of country. Meeting guide was easy. Trip included a nice overview of Dunedin. I followed with a great drive along the Otago Peninsula. We were lucky that day as we got to see multiple sea lions.
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Must Do Excursion !
Russell_W, Feb 2020
Dunedin Shore Excursion: Small-Group Tour of Dunedin and the Otago Peninsula
Nice Guy & Informative ! I would recommend this excursion ! Beautiful Drive & Stops ! Passionate driver that enjoys his job !
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Fantastic experience
Kevin_G, Jan 2020
Dunedin Shore Excursion: Small-Group Tour of Dunedin and the Otago Peninsula
Our driver Marthy was great and very friendly. Took us around Dunedin also we went to the beach and have seen resting on the beach in the sun two seals black male and cream young female. That was fantastic day.thank you.
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Excellent tour
Thomas_W, Feb 2020
Dunedin Shore Excursion: Small-Group Tour of Dunedin and the Otago Peninsula
We had a very knowledgeable guide, Scott, who gave us an interesting and informative tour. We saw key sites and some wildlife, including a couple of seal lions stretched out on the beach.
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Dunedin And Surrounding Area
Beverley_S, Feb 2020
Dunedin Shore Excursion: Small-Group Tour of Dunedin and the Otago Peninsula
Our host Glen was friendly and very informative. The trip was well paced and took in some spectacular scenic views and we were lucky enough to see a sea lion on the beach.
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Good value. Very enjoyable tour.
James_A, Feb 2020
Dunedin Shore Excursion: Small-Group Tour of Dunedin and the Otago Peninsula
This was a relaxing excursion that was all it was advertised to be in the limited time we had in the area at this cruise stop. The transportation was comfortable and the tour guide did a nice job of educating us about the surrounding area. We especially enjoyed the stop at the beautiful beach to stretch our legs and take in the beautiful views.
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Nice tour
John_H, Feb 2020
Dunedin Shore Excursion: Small-Group Tour of Dunedin and the Otago Peninsula
Scot was great and very informative. I would suggest that a short refreshment break would be beneficial. The weather on the day of our tour was awful with heavy rain. Not much Viator can do about the weather
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Great small group tour
NORMAN_V, Jan 2020
Dunedin Shore Excursion: Small-Group Tour of Dunedin and the Otago Peninsula
Great tour with great tour guide Glen. He was friendly, knowledgeable about the area and presented it well. It was a small group and we had plenty of photo opportunities and we were lucky to have seen wildlife.

Things to know before you go

  • Dunedin is great for nature lovers and history buffs.
  • Weather conditions can vary widely around town and in the surrounding area, so plan to bring layered clothing if you’re headed out for the day.
  • Book popular tours in advance to ensure a spot on trips that might sell out.
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How to get there

Dunedin can be reached by car, bus, flight, and cruise ship. Several bus companies offer service between Dunedin and Invercargill, Christchurch, and Queenstown. Flights from Brisbane, Australia, arrive at Dunedin International Airport, which also has domestic flights from Auckland, Wellington, and Christchurch. If you’re arriving on a cruise ship, you’ll be based in Port Chalmers, a 20-minute drive from Dunedin city center.

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When to get there

Mild, warm weather stretches from November through April, with the most visitors arriving in December, January, February, and March. May through August is the rainiest period, bringing cooler weather and very occasional snowfall. Rain and chilly weather is possible at any time of year, so warm and waterproof clothing is a packing must.

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Wildlife in Dunedin, New Zealand

Birders and animal lovers will find a lot to see here, since the region surrounding Dunedin is home to a long list of fascinating species. On the Otago Peninsula, look for yellow-eyed penguins, little blue penguins, northern royal albatross, seals, and sea lions. New Zealand’s native kiwi birds can be found at Orokonui Ecosanctuary, and there are a wide range of wildlife tours that put animals front and center.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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