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Dunedin: Speight's Brewery Guided Tour with Tasting

1. Dunedin: Speight's Brewery Guided Tour with Tasting

Visit the oldest operational Brewery in New Zealand, and the only site to have an historic Brew Floor and state of the art Brewery housed within the same location. The Brewery is the spiritual home of New Zealand’s biggest beer brand, attracting up to 20,000 visitors per year to experience the “Pride of the South”; as one if Dunedin’s most popular tourist attractions. Enjoy over 144 years of brewing history as a guide takes you through an interactive brewery tour. Learn about the history of this Dunedin icon as you explore the brewery from top to bottom with your guide. Along the way, you will learn about the core ingredients that go into the award-winning beers. You'll also hear about the state-of-the-art brewing process used today. The tour ends with a tasting, where you'll get to enjoy samples of the beer as your knowledgeable guides talk you through the different styles and flavors in the range. Our Brewery Shop range an extensive collection of Speight’s merchandise and the Cellar Door offers the ability to purchase fresh beer directly from the Brewery – a unique opportunity to take away a flavoursome souvenir. Good on ya mate

Dunedin: City Highlights and Otago Peninsula Scenery

2. Dunedin: City Highlights and Otago Peninsula Scenery

Meet your tour guide at 9 AM at Port Chalmers, from where you will enjoy a 20-minute scenic drive with photo stops to Dunedin City. Make the first stop at the world’s steepest street, and spend about 10 minutes grasping this extreme location. From there, head to Signal Hill's lookout point, which offers a gorgeous panorama of Dunedin and the surrounding area. Then, take a short guided stroll at the upper botanic garden to view a variety of plants, as well as native New Zealand birds. Drive through one of the oldest cemeteries of Dunedin where the William Larnach family and Thomas Bracken are buried, as you hear all about their fame. Later on, stop at the oldest New Zealand’s University, Otago University. Drive through the main shopping street, George Street and Octagon, which comprises the heart of the city. Next up, stop to view one of the finest churches, the First Church of Otago before you visit the stunning Dunedin Railway Station and hear all about how busy it used to be. Following the city sightseeing, sit back to enjoy the most breathtaking scenery of the Otago Peninsula via Highcliff Road with some great photo stops. After a 1-hour scenic drive, stop at the end of the Peninsula, the Royal Albatross Centre, and enjoy some free time to grab some snacks and drinks at the lovely cafe. You can also explore outdoors, walk down to the beach to spot seals on rocks or in water, view royal albatross gliding if it is windy enough, and enjoy the ocean and lighthouse views. Following a break on the Otago Peninsula, drive via a low road to enjoy some different scenery along the harbor. Later on, return to Port Chalmers or choose to stay in the city for some shopping before making your own way back to the port. Alternatively, upgrade your tour to include a 1-hour wildlife cruise so you can learn more as you view Otago Peninsula's unique marine wildlife.

Otago Peninsula: Royal Albatross Centre Tour

3. Otago Peninsula: Royal Albatross Centre Tour

Begin your tour with a 10-minute educational video giving you insight into the nature and lifespan of this giant bird. During the video, your expert guide will provide commentary about the albatross as well as some information about the Royal Albatross Centre. Begin your climb up the hill overlooking the ocean and the Otago Peninsula, to the exclusive observatory on the nature reserve where you can see giant albatross throughout their breeding cycle as they court, lay eggs and raise huge fluffy chicks. Learn more about the conservation efforts of the team that is necessary to protect the albatross chicks. The centre is run by a not for profit conservation trust with fees going back to a range of projects along the Otago Peninsula. If you are interested in learning a bit more about the history of the local area you can choose the 1.5 Hour Albatross Centre Wildlife & Fort Taiaroa Tour.

From Dunedin: Royal Albatross Centre & Otago Peninsula Tour

4. From Dunedin: Royal Albatross Centre & Otago Peninsula Tour

Experience Dunedin and Otago Peninsula on a small group tour with plenty of flexibility and personalized attention. Begin your journey by meeting your tour guide between 9 - 9:30 AM at 2 meeting points in Dunedin and Port Chalmers. Then enjoy a 20-minute scenic drive with photo stops around Dunedin City. Some highlights include the world's steepest street, viewpoints, and strolling around the botanic gardens.  After the city sightseeing, sit back to enjoy the most breathtaking scenery of Otago Peninsula along Highcliff Road with various stops for photo opportunities.  After your 1-hour scenic drive, stop at the end of the Peninsula at The Royal Albatross Centre. Here you will immerse yourself in a 1-hour guided tour to learn all about Royal Albatross - one of the world's biggest seabirds. The tour starts with a short introduction about The Royal Albatross before a short walk up a slight slope to the viewing platform to view Royal Albatross breeding colony.  After a break on Otago peninsula, drive along a low road to enjoy some different scenery, along the harbor. Then be returned to the meeting point to enjoy the rest of your afternoon.

Dunedin Self-Guided Audio Tour

5. Dunedin Self-Guided Audio Tour

Download a vibrant MP3 self-guided audio tour combined with a fully detailed map of the area of your tour. Enjoy the culturally rich history in the city of Dunedin, where it was first discovered by Scottish pioneers. This city is very much like Scotland’s capital of Edinburgh and boasts many historical buildings and some of the steepest streets in New Zealand and is home to the steepest street in the world. In this audio tour, you’ll see stunning cathedrals like St Paul's Anglican Cathedral and you will be able to relax in the tranquil Chinese Garden and witness the magnificent Flemish-style Old Railway Station, which is New Zealand's most photographed building. You will also see the city's famous Octagon, the First Church of Otago, the Law Courts, the Otago Settler's Museum, and the Speights Brewery. Optional additions include St Josephs Cathedral, St Dominic's Priory and the Fortune Theatre if you have time. Your tour. Your way.

Momona Airport: One-Way Private Transfer to Momona

6. Momona Airport: One-Way Private Transfer to Momona

Enjoy a convenient one-way private transfer from Dunedin International Airport known as Momona Airport to your destination in Momona. Relax knowing that you are traveling safely in a licensed vehicle. Your driver will be waiting for you outside the airport terminal. Experience a comfortable journey in an air-conditioned vehicle directly from the airport. Travel conveniently without having to worry about last-minute searching.

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What people are saying about Dunedin

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 143 reviews

This was a family trip to Dunedin for the day with our 2 girls. Everyone enjoyed the tour & found it really interesting. Was great to taste test different products we hadn't tried before & be able to purchase these on site... Would really recommend!

Something very different. Perhaps gift shop is a bit expensive though…. Tour well run and interesting, beer tasting was great! Tried some beers we don’t get out in the bottle shops and didn’t know existed from up here in the North Island

Worth hiring the audio player which gives the history of the Castle and explains each room, includes photos and videos.

A great day out , and our tour driver and guide , Asta was brilliant, thanks .

A must do ... one of the best wildlife attractions I have ever done.