Dunedin: Otago Peninsula with Guided Penguin Tour

Dunedin: Otago Peninsula with Guided Penguin Tour

From $181.73 per person

Take a full 6 hour tour to see the highlights of the city of Dunedin and the natural beauty of the Otago Peninsula. Support conservation of the world's rarest penguins by taking a guided tour of Penguin Place.

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Duration 6 hours
Starting time 9:30 AM
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  • Get a full introduction to Dunedin City and its rich heritage
  • See the world's steepest street, Northern Cemetery, University of Otago, Dunedin Railway Station and more
  • Take in panoramic views of Dunedin, Otago Harbour and Peninsula from the local lookout point
  • Explore the oldest botanic garden of New Zealand
  • Enjoy a scenic drive via Highcliff Road to enjoy the most breathtaking views of Otago Peninsula over the harbour and ocean
Full description
Meet the tour guide at 9:00 AM at Port Chalmers and enjoy a 20 minute scenic drive with photo stops to Dunedin City. The first stop will be at the world’s steepest street where you will spend about 10 minutes. Following this stop, take in a panoramic view of Dunedin and the surrounding area from Signal Hill lookout point. Begin exploring the key highlights of Dunedin with a visit to the botanical gardens to learn about the wide variety of plants and birds within the region. Drive through one of the oldest cemeteries of Dunedin where some of New Zealand's most famous figures, including William Larnach and Thomas Bracken, are buried. Stop at New Zealand’s oldest university, Otago university. Visit one of New Zealand's finest churches, the First Church of Otago and learn about the Dunedin Railway station and its historical importance. After seeing the sites of Dunedin, enjoy the breathtaking scenery of Otago Peninsula via Highcliff Road with some photos stops. After approximately 1 hour, stop at the end of the Peninsula, Penguin Place. This is a private reserve of the world's rarest penguins, the Yellow Eyed Penguin. Enjoy a guided reserve walking tour to learn all about these endangered penguins and see if you can view them either in the rehabilitation center or in the reserve. By joining the tour you are supporting a huge conservation project to protect Yellow Eyed Penguins and help stop their extinction. After a break, you will drive via a low road to enjoy a different view of the scenery along the harbour. You will return back to Port Chalmers by 2:00 PM, or you can stay in the city for some shopping and make your own way back to Port.
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Port Chalmers pickup and drop-off
  • Lunch
  • Souvenirs
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments

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Meeting point

Outside Dunedin Visitor Centre, 50 The Octagon, Dunedin 9016, New Zealand

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sun hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Rain gear

Not allowed

  • Pets
  • Smoking

Know before you go

  •  Walking of about 1 km at a slow pace is involved
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5 / 5

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February 6, 2020

Penguins were adorable! Guide was fantastic.

February 23, 2020

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