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$120.45 Outdoor Activities

Full-Day Wildlife Tour from Dunedin

This tour will take in a brief look at the main attractions in Dunedin city before heading out onto the Otago Peninsula for much of the day. The tour is focused on providing the best viewing of Yellow Eyed Penguins, NZ Fur Seals and other wildlife available. However the Yellow Eyed Penguin is extremely rare and there are no guarantees you will see Yellow Eyed Penguins in the nature reserve. There is a penguin rehabilitation hospital that is part of the tour and here you will see quite a number of Yellow Eyed Penguins in residence, as well as other penguin species that occasionally need looking after before being returned to the wild. The tour itinerary will include a visit the world's steepest street Baldwin Street, the University of Otago and the Grand Railway Station for a look inside. Then it’s off to the Otago Peninsula for some amazing scenic stops on route to Penguin Place, a world class wildlife sanctuary for the endangered Yellow Eyed Penguin. The tour includes an introductory talk and then a short drive into the reserve. Your specialist guide will take you on a short walk (up to 900 meters of walking tracks) into a system of camouflaged hides to see the nesting habitat. The walk will also take in New Zealand viewing of NZ fur seals and Little Blue Penguins. There are some steps to negotiate and reasonable level of mobility is required for this tour. After the Penguin Tour we head to the Royal Albatross Center to visit the info gallery, gift shop and take a light lunch (own cost). Your guide will also take you on a short walk to where albatross can be seen flying close to the cliffs. This is included in the standard tour price. If you would like to include a guided tour of the Royal Albatross nesting site (Observatory Tour), an upgrade option is available when making your booking. If the Albatross Tour upgrade is selected you will join a specialist guide at the Royal Albatross Center and access the Lance Richdale Observatory. This purpose built hide provides excellent viewing through large glass windows of the Albatross nesting area. Some nests can be as close as 5 meters away but please be aware that the Royal Albatross Center does not allow tour participants to walk among the nests. *Last season there are 140 Albatross returned and 30 adult nesting pairs laid 24 confirmed fertile eggs. We can see at least 4 nest sites at close range from the Observatory.

$478.36 Cultural & Theme Tours

PRIVATE SHOWCASE OF DUNEDIN HIGHLIGHTS NZ

Your itinerary for the day may include a visit to the famous Larnach Castle. The recommendations below could arise in any order that will suit your custom tour and requests.  Some exciting choices below could include:The Moeraki Boulders - 1 hour each wayOlveston House - Guided tour of early settlement life in Dunedin - 1 hourUniversity of Otago: DIscover the history and architectural diversityThe Heritage Railway Station, beautiful marble floors, art gallery and Saturday marketsSpeights Ale HouseBotanical Gardens and The Chinese GardensOtago Peninsula - 1 hour return plus stops. Larnach Castle guided tour and/or Garden TrailFrom Port Chalmers enjoy a scenic drive of 15 minutes through to Signal Hill where you will be amazed by the views of the vast landscapes of Pacific Ocean, Dunedin City and beaches, including a glimpse of the Port and Taiaroa Heads behind us. Choose an inland route scenic drive through to the Castle and guided tour, refreshment in The Ballroom Cafe and on to the Otago Peninsula with possible views of the Albatross and their nesting ground. Also the chance to see the yellow eyed penguin.  Your return journey can follow the coastal route with amazing high point stops for photos.SummaryFrom Signal Hill you travel into Dunedin City for a guided tour of Olveston House for those who have chosen this option. The tour can continue through Dunedin to the University of Otago Campus, for a glimpse of this fantastic student lifestyle and heritage icon for many. Baldwin Street – the steepest street in the World!  The spectacular photos from the top are certainly a treat. However view from the bottom, half way walk or right up to the top!After your energetic Baldwin street walk head off for a relaxing stop in The Hub of Dunedin where you can taste the best coffee and decadent treats such as a huge sugar donut and syringe your own selected cream, visit the art gallery or  St Paul’s Cathedral. (amazing 250 organ pipes!).One of the main highlights when you visit Dunedin is Larnach Castle. The only registered Castle in New Zealand.Experience the inland route of scenic views and photo stops on the way to the Larnach Castle. Enjoy a light refreshment of home made scones and jam. At your own cost. Explore the Castle and the meandering gardens trails.The 40 minute journey back to your ship via the coastline route offers amazing photo stops along the way of The Otago Harbour and the secluded bays. Reaching Port Chalmers  for return to your ship and your departure from the Harbour, you may see the Albatross reeling in the skies above.The tour is fully custom designed for you.  You will experience a relaxed informative and fun day with your local chauffeur.

$547.19 Shore Excursions

PRIVATE SHORE EXCURSION: SHOWCASE OF DUNEDIN NZ

Your Local Chauffeur recommends the following itinerary allowing for a choice of extra options to suit your tastes. You can book these in advance when you book your tour or you can choose with your chauffeur on the day.Some of your exciting choices could include:The Moeraki Boulders - 1 hour each way to viewOvelston House - Guided tour of early settlement life in DunedinDIscover the history of the University of Otago and enjoy their solid architectural diverse buildingsThe Heritage Railway Station, beautiful marble floors, art gallery and Saturday marketsSpeights Ale HouseBotanical Gardens and The Chinese GardensBaldwin Street- The steepest street in the World!Otago Peninsula - Albatross and the Yellow eyed Penguin From Port Chalmers enjoy a scenic drive of 15 minutes through to Signal Hill where you will be amazed by the views of the vast landscapes of the Pacific Ocean, Dunedin City and beaches, including a glimpse of the Port and Taiaroa Heads behind you. Your itinerary for the day could start or end with the visit to the Famous Larnach Castle. Afternoon Tea is available in the Ballroom Cafe for 'Castle' made scones with jam and cream even Scottish shortbread. This is at your own cost. By the inland route and scenic drive through to the Castle, stop for the Castle tour and refreshment ,then continue on to the Otago Peninsula with possible views of the Albatross in their nesting ground. Also the chance to see the yellow eyed penguin.  Your return journey would follow the coastal route with amazing high point stops for photos.Baldwin Street – the steepest street in the World! The spectacular photos from the top are certainly a treat. However view from the bottom, half way walk or right up to the top!The Hub of Dunedin is where you can taste the best coffee and decadent treats such as a huge sugar donuts and syringe your own selected cream, visit the art gallery or  St Paul’s Cathedral. (amazing 250 organ pipes!).This is at your own cost. The 40 minute journey back to your ship via the coastline route offers amazing photo stops along the way of The Otago Harbour and the secluded bays. If time allows a short detour to Grassy Point will give you even more amazing views.As you depart the Harbour you are likely to see the famous Albatross reeling in the skies above.The tour is fully custom designed for you on the day. There are no compulsory extra options. You will experience a relaxed informative and fun day with your local chauffeur.

$103.24 Cultural & Theme Tours

Southern Skies Stargazing Tour in Dunedin

Haere i mua, i te aroaro o Atutahi. Go before the rising of the star, Atutahi. We invite you to join us on our unique stargazing experience. The whakatauki (proverb) above refers to Atutahi (Canopus), the second brightest star of the Carina constellation. Atutahi was the first born child of Ranginui (sky father), and a sign that Winter was on it's way. The Southern Skies Star Gazing tour takes you on a journey of discovery to learn about the unique celestial features of the Southern sky, while also sharing stories and waiata (songs) about how Māori viewed the night sky. The Otago peninsula coastline provides a clear and breath-taking view of the night sky, along with a magical backdrop of coastal bird calls echoing across Hoopers inlet. In the right conditions, this rural coastal area is a prime viewing location for the Southern Lights, Aurora Australis. Our guides will point out celestial points of significance that can be viewed with the naked eye. You can also make use of our Skywatcher telescope (with a maximum practical magnification of 200x ) for a closer look. Listen to stories detailing Māori myths of creation, of how Te Ao Marama – the world of light, the world as we know it, emerged.  Learn about how Māori relied on tātai arorangi (detailed astronomical knowledge) to navigate the ocean, plant crops, and harvest kaimoana (seafood). Enjoy Māori manaakitanga (hospitality) with a light supper and hot beverage.  Sit back, relax and be enchanted. Points of interest within this tour includes:  We start by taking a journey out to the Otago Peninsula, stopping along the way to see sites of interest. Learn about Māori culture and how our people travelled to Aotearoa/New Zealand. As we settle in at our night viewing location, we listen to the sounds of the coastline as our guides share Māori stories and waiata (songs). Different celestial points of interest are identified and explained by our knowledgeable guides. The tour provides comfortable seating, blankets and a Skywatcher telescope for our guests to use. Enjoy a light supper and a hot beverage, coffee, hot chocolate or tea spiced with kawakawa, horopito or manuka.