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Dunedin and Otago Peninsula Wildlife Tour with Optional Larnach Castle Visit

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    Stop At: Signal Hill Road, Dunedin New Zealand

    Best Lookout in Dunedin - 400 meters above sea-level

    Duration: 7 minutes

    Stop At: Baldwin Street: The Steepest Street in the World, Baldwin Street, Dunedin 9010 New Zealand

    Take a picture of the Steepest Residential Street in the world according to the Guinness book of records

    Duration: 7 minutes

    Stop At: University of Otago, 362 Leith Street, Dunedin 9016 New Zealand

    Join your guide for a short 1 minute walk to see the oldest university in New Zealand - an architectural masterpiece.

    Duration: 7 minutes

    Stop At: Dunedin Railway Station, Dunedin New Zealand

    Enjoy New Zealand'd finest building - the historic Dunedin Railway Station is the most photographed building in New Zealand for good reason. There are several other historic buildings in this area

    Duration: 9 minutes

    Stop At: Otago Peninsula, Dunedin New Zealand

    Enjoy the jewel in the crown of our local coastal scenery where we'll make a few stops for you to take everything in.

    Duration: 5 hours

    Stop At: Larnach Castle & Gardens, 145 Camp Rd Otago Peninsula, Dunedin New Zealand

    Enjoy the grounds of Larnach Castle - the gardens are of international signifigance and the views of the Otago Harbour are special. Here, you will also get a chance to get something to eat from the Ballroom Cafe. All tour members can choose to go inside the castle at additional cost

    Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes

    Stop At: Penguin Place, 45 Pakihau Road Otago Peninsula, Dunedin 9077 New Zealand

    Enjoy a tour of this unique Yellow-Eyed Penguin Reserve where we aim to find the rarest penguin in the world during the breeding season. The elusive Yellow Eyed Penguin is the third largest penguin in the world and listed as 'critically endangered' - learn about this flagship species from our professional nature guides. You are likely to encounter NZ fur seals and Little Blue penguins here.

    Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

    Stop At: Taiaroa Head, Harington Point 9077, New Zealand

    Your at the furthest point of your tour now where we'll look for one of the largest sea-birds in the world - the Northern Royal Albatross. These amazing birds have a wing span of 3 metres.

    Duration: 30 minutes
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Port Chalmers
    7h 30m
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    • Port pickup and drop-off
    • Guide
    • Transport
    • Entry/Admission - Larnach Castle & Gardens
    • Entry/Admission - Penguin Place
    • Lunch
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • The CRUISE SHIP SCHEDULE in Dunedin can often change, if this happens please make your way to the meeting point as soon as the ship berths to receive instruction - the tour will still go ahead no matter what time the ship arrives.
    • If your ship changes the CRUISE SHIP SCHEDULE we will change the itinerary to suit - the tour will still go ahead no matter what happens
    • A small amount of walking is involved (expect to walk 500 meters at Penguin reserve)
    • Two forms of ID is required to get back inside the port: your cruise ship card and driver’s license or passport would be sufficient.
    • If your ship is unable to make it into port due to weather or mechanical difficulties, you will be given a full refund
    • 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
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

    Amazing tour with a lovely guide. Very much enjoyed that the tour had different stops and that our guide was commited and was quick to answer. Would highly recommend!

    Thank Henrik L
    Back2NatureTours, Chief TA Responder at Back to Nature Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

    Hi Henrik, Thanks for the feedback, Ben mentioned you we're a pleasure to look after, enjoy the rest of your travels around NZ and Haste Ye Back!

    Reviewed 13 July 2019

    Had a great time on the tour of the Larnach Caatle but make sure the bus driver knows if you paid for the extended optional tour. He needs to purchase tickets. The Penguin Place was the best part of the tour. Go for the walk...More

    Date of experience: February 2019
    Thank 728jerryt
    Back2NatureTours, General Manager at Back to Nature Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 18 August 2019

    Hi 728jerryt, Thanks for the 5 star review! The highlight for many is the penguin reserve where you get a chance to see the rarest penguin in the world - hopefully you get a chance to come back out this way:) Haste Ye Back!

    Reviewed 26 March 2019

    Absolutely wonderful from start to finish. Picked up from our hotel, the wildlife officer on board was very knowledgeable, we were kitted out with the appropriate clothing, I can’t fault this day.

    Date of experience: April 2018
    Thank pinkduck
    Reviewed 22 March 2019

    Our guide and excellent driver, Ollie was knowledgeable and provided us with a lot of information. I would recommend this tour - we saw rare yellow eyed penguins and beautiful vistas. Dunedin is a charming town with an impressive university. We took this as shore...More

    Date of experience: March 2019
    Thank globalgirl84
    Reviewed 10 March 2019

    Ben was our guide and driver for the day. While driving he provided us with a wealth of information about the history, the natural environment, his personal experiences in logging and it made the trip most enjoyable. The day included Larnach Castle and gardns, Baldwin...More

    Date of experience: February 2019
    Thank Ron3849
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