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Dunedin City and Otago Peninsula Small-Group Tour

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Dunedin, New Zealand
Dunedin City and Otago Peninsula Small-Group Tour

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icon7 hours 30 minutes  (approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English
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Travel with a small group to explore the city of Dunedin and the Otago Peninsula. Get personalized attention from your guide and enjoy an intimate atmosphere with your fellow travelers as you hit all the highlights, such as Larnach Castle, Penguin Place, the Octagon, the Dunedin Rail Station, the University of Otago, and more. Along the way, listen to engaging commentary from your guide and enjoy the opportunity to ask questions.
  • Hotel and port pickup and drop-off included
  • Penguin Place entrance fees included
  • Guide provides insightful narrative as you explore
  • Small group ensures an intimate atmosphere
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Live commentary on board
Professional guide
Port pickup and drop-off
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Air-conditioned vehicle
Larnach castle gardens only
Penguin Place Entry
Entrance fees (to Larnach Castle entry)
Food and drinks (available to purchase)
This operator has two meet-up options available. You can either meet at the departure point below or select a location for pick-up.
Dunedin , Dunedin, Dunedin, Otago Region, South Island

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9:00 AM
This activity will end right where it started.We pick up from hotels, motels and port Chalmers. Anywhere in the city.
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Infant seats available
  • At time of booking, cruise ship passengers must provide the following information at time of booking: ship name, docking time, disembarkation time and re-boarding time
  • A maximum of 13 people per booking
  • A small amount of walking is involved but not essential
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Stroller accessible
  • Proof of COVID-19 vaccination required for travellers
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 13 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Tourworks NZ Limited
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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What is the policy on sanitization during Dunedin City and Otago Peninsula Small-Group Tour?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Dunedin City and Otago Peninsula Small-Group Tour?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
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  • "Dunedin is a special city but to truely appreciate it it’s important to get well beyond city limits to appreciate its significance in the area’s development." See review


39 Reviews
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Beautiful day and penguins too
, Mar 2020
Les was great. I wound up being the only passenger and they honored the booking. Went to the penguin place to see how they are helping sick and injured penguins. Saw yellow eyed and snare penguins. The views of Dunedin were spectacular. The weather was great which just added to the beauty of the day. Thanks for a great private tour
Fantastic tour of Dunedin area
, Mar 2020
This was a great day trip !! Russ was absolutely fantastic and I highly recommended anyone visiting the area to book this trip Geoff UK
icon Response from Host , Mar 2020
Hi Geoff we certainly had an entertaining day. Thanks for your positive comments. Cheers Russ.
Russ was great! Penguins and albatrosses and nice weather!
, Mar 2020
Russ was super great!! Informative, warm, friendly, and very helpful! He treated our little group of 8 with such Kiwi hospitality - we really enjoyed our comprehensive tour of Dunedin and surroundings - we got to see 4 yellow-eyed penguins in the wild along with the ones at Penguin Place sanctuary! He said there were none last week. We got even more lucky to see a few albatrosses at the Royal Albatross Centre and have photos to prove it!! The weather was exceptional - with a cloudless sky and temperature in the 70's. A great tour!
icon Response from Host , Mar 2020
Hi thanks for your review. It was definitely a great day to be in Dunedin. Good to read that you enjoyed your day with me and I like reading comments where we are clearly delivering on our promise as Dunedin's small group tour specialists. Thanks again. Cheers Russ.
Dunedin tourworks
, Feb 2020
Russ of Tourworks NZ was amazing. He met us promptly at the docks was very welcoming and ensured we all met each other. His commentary and stops at all the local sites for photos was wonderful! Dunedin and the Otago peninsula were breath taking and the penguin sanctuary was very interesting. We actually saw a yellow eyed Penguin in its natural environment. I highly recommend this company and look forward to returning one day!!
icon Response from Host , Feb 2020
Thanks for your review. I always enjoy reading reviews where people enjoy their visit to our fabulous city. It was a pleasure to show it to you. Thanks again from the team at Tourworks. Cheers Russ
Tremendous tour. Excellent value.
, Feb 2020
Nothing beats a small tour. Less was kind, knowledgeable and very accommodating, stopping when we wanted to take pictures, always making sure we parked near the attractions we wanted to see, and generous with time so we could see everything we had wanted to visit. Dunedin is a special city but to truely appreciate it it’s important to get well beyond city limits to appreciate its significance in the area’s development. Something we couldn’t have fully appreciated without taking this tour
icon Response from Host , Feb 2020
Hi guys thanks for your review. Always great to read positive comments and see Les is delivering a great tour. Thanks again from the team at Tourworks.
Dunedin shore excursion
, Feb 2020
The Dunedin city tour was great and to see the Otago Peninsula with the penguins as well. It was a great combination.
icon Response from Host , Feb 2020
Hi thank you for your positive review. It's always great to see people are enjoying their visit to our fabulous city with the team at Tourworks.
Lots to see!
, Nov 2019
This tour really did a good job of covering all the highlights of Dunedin. The refuge for the yellow eyed penguins was especially interesting. The reason for 4 instead of 5 stars was the mini bus itself had relatively small windows and not very comfortable seats.
icon Response from Host , Dec 2019
Thanks for your review. We are pleased to see you enjoyed your tour with us. Dunedin is a fantastic place to visit so it's always good to see we are delivering on our promises. Cheers Russ and Les.
Very Good
, Apr 2019
We had a great time. Enjoyed all of the places we visited. The tour guide was very nice and knowledgeable. Wouldn't change anything. Highly recommend.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2019
Hi we are very happy to read your review. Thanks for taking the time and it's always good to hear that our tours are up to standard. Cheers Russ Caradus
Really good day, helpful driver who...
kathryn f
, Mar 2018
Really good day, helpful driver who met us at the cruise terminal. Packed lots into the day. Started with a trip into town to see the steepest street in the world not much to see but had the opportunity to tick off the experience and could walk up if you wanted to, quick trip around the botanical gardens with good knowledge of plants. On to the castle where the views were amazing. Limited number of penguins seen but incredible to see them in their natural environment, hospital is doing a brilliant job and our guide was passionate about the work. Seals on the rocks were an unexpected bonus. Timings well organized to ensure we were back for the ship. . I would highly recommend.
This tour was exceptional! Russel...
, Mar 2018
This tour was exceptional! Russel our guide was a caring local.He allowed the time needed at every stop he took us to.We saw all we hoped for and more. Great value for the money.Easy to access for cruisers.
We arrived in Dunedin by cruise ship...
Kathryn P
, Mar 2018
We arrived in Dunedin by cruise ship and the tour operators met us in the main hall just after disembarking. This was a comprehensive tour of the city area, countryside and the gorgeous penguins on a beautiful stretch of coast. Our guide was well versed in the history of the region and this tour was very impressive. Kathy
The tour exceeded our expectations...
, Jan 2018
The tour exceeded our expectations! A knowledgeable, professional guide, and we have visited so many places without feeling rushed! Highly recommend.
This had the potential of being a...
, Jan 2018
This had the potential of being a better tour but didn't quite live up to expectations. There were several stops so we got a taste of the area but I would have liked to spend more time at, for instance, the train station. A lovely vintage building with an art gallery on the time. Art and artifacts were available for sale by different artists but not enough time was allowed for anyone to make a purchase. I believe our guide, a very amiable man, allowed 10-15 minutes, 45-60 minutes would have been more appropriate perhaps with less time spent elsewhere. I felt rushed most of the day.
This was a fabulous tour. Russell...
Roslyn K
, Jan 2018
This was a fabulous tour. Russell was an excellent guide. First, we did the city highlights, then to Lanarch Castle - both of which were great. The highlight for me, though, was Otago Peninsula. I saw lots of wildlife - it was so clean and green. We went to Penguin Place and had a guided tour there I saw the little blue penguins and NZ fur seals surfing the waves. There was even a penguin hospital. Next, I saw the beautiful Albatross flying in their natural environment - how good is that. A great tour and a great guide - highly recommended.
Russ tour guide-Excellent!!! We...
, Nov 2017
Russ tour guide-Excellent!!! We actually were the only couple on the tour. Larnach Castle-beautiful grounds, Train Station such a gorgeous facility with unbelievable tile work. So much space covered, University, Stadium, Outlooks, Albatross Center, Penguin Place, coastal ride. Unfortunately, Penguin Place can not see yellow eyed penguin close. Did see 2 penguins in recovery center. Naturalist super informed and so much knowledge.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2019
Hi there thank you for the great review. We aim to deliver and going by your comments we certainly are. We are very pleased that you enjoyed your day. Thanks again.

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