We understand that you might have other things to do, so we can take you on a 2 - 5 hour tour to get a good overview of our city. This is perfect for cruise ship passengers who are trying to pack in as much as possible during their stop at Port Chalmers.
Just remember that we can customise all of our tours to fit in whatever activities that you would like to see. We can pick up and drop off at the cruise ship terminal at the Port, or in and around the Octagon at the iSite for catching shuttles back to the ship later in the day.
Got a day to spare? Come with us and we'll show you round Coastal and Inland Otago. You can choose to go north to the weird but wonderful Moeraki Boulders, or head south to the Catlins for some amazing wild scenery and wildlife... Or, do both on consecutive days!
Explore the beautiful coastline south of Dunedin.
Travelling directly to Balclutha we head toward Kaka Point and Nugget Point where we take a 30 minute return walk to the lighthouse for spectacular coastal views. This area is home to numerous wildlife including the Fur Seal, Elephant Seals, Sea Lions, Yellow Eyed Penguins and many other bird species. We will stop for lunch at a local Cafe (additional to tour cost).
A short trip through to beautiful Cannibal Bay/Surat Bay area where Sea Lions often rest is followed by a visit to the very popular Purakaunui Falls. This is an easy 20min return walk through impressive Podacarp and Beech Forest.
We return to Dunedin stopping briefly at the Whale fossil lookout overlooking Lake Waihola and arrive back in the City at approximately 3.30 - 4pm.
PRICE ADULT / CHILD
Enjoy a leisurely drive along the scenic coastline North of Dunedin to Karitane, and the famous Moeraki Boulders.
Travelling from Dunedin we follow the coastline from Waitati & Warrington to the small seaside settlement of Karitane. Amazing photo opportunities from lookout.
We continue to follow the Coast Road through to Moeraki where we stop for Lunch or a snack (Additional to tour cost) and take in the glorious views from the Cafe. It is a short 5 minute walk down to the Beach for more photo opportunies and to view the amazing Moeraki Boulders, and if you wish, visit the gift shop.
We return to Dunedin along State highway 1 arriving at approx. 2 - 2.30pm
PRICE ADULT / CHILD
We depart Dunedin and travel over Three Mile Hill taking in stunning views of the Taieri Plains as we head toward Outram. Continuing through the magnificent Taieri Gorge area, on the way to the small township of Middlemarch where the Otago Central Rail Trail starts (or ends).
We follow the Trail through the Maniototo district, and then on to the Art deco township of Ranfurly for lunch (additional to Tour cost) . There will be time to wander around some of the Art deco and craft shops in the town.
Travelling on to Naseby which, at 2000ft above sea level, is the highest town in NZ. In approx 1863 gold was discovered in the area, and much of the town centre has been preserved from this era, and is often referred to as the 'Jewel of the Maniototo'.
From Naseby we travel back via the Pigroot & Palmerston, onto State Highway 1, and return along the coast, with spectacular views as we enter Dunedin.
PRICE ADULT / CHILD
Dunedin is renowned as a city and region with amazing opportunities to view wildlife up close in it’s natural environment. The Otago Peninsula is home to Fur Seals and Sea lions, Blue Penguins and Yellow-Eyed Penguins, and famously the only mainland Albatross colony in the world! Additionally the Orokonui Ecosanctuary is a very short drive from Port Chalmers and makes a wonderful few hours of peace and beauty.
With multitudes of beaches and bush only minutes from the city, the scenery of Dunedin is something that we are very lucky to be able to share with our visitors.
Come and explore the award-winning Visitor Centre and native New Zealand forest. Discover the home of some of the world’s most fascinating and rare wildlife.
Walk independently or with a guide.
Home to the only mainland Albatross colony in the world, the Royal Albatross Centre is also home to Fort Taiaroa, and the Little Blue Penguin viewing at Pilots Beach.
Entry to the visitors centre is free, however booking is required for a guided tour.
Penguin Place is the world’s first entirely tourism-funded conservation programme.
This conservation project is entirely funded by guided tours of the reserve. The funding we receive provides habitat restoration, predator control, a research programme and on-site rehabilitation care for penguins that are sick, starving or wounded.
Natures Wonders is located right on the forefront of this headland, and is a self-funded conservation effort to ensure that this land is preserved for all future generations to enjoy, by protecting the penguins, fur seals and other wildlife.
Travel on an 8-wheel drive all terrain vehicle for an exhilarating cross country tour.
From an hour to a whole day, we can make sure you see as much of Dunedin as possible while you’re here, or we can get you or your group to other parts of the lower South Island to see some more of our spectacular country!
Sometimes a bus, plane or train just doesn’t work. We have a range of vehicles that are available to get you from Dunedin to anywhere in the southern part of the South Island (or further if required). We even have mobility vans for wheelchair users.
The prices listed below are for one of our 9 seater vans , but we do have other options if this doesn’t suit your group let us know. We’ll make it work!
If you have a bit longer, maybe you could try heading north to Karitane, Moeraki Boulders and Oamaru, or how about down south to The Catlins? And if you want even more, send us a message and ask us about a custom tour to see more of the Coastal Otago, Central Otago and Queenstown regions.