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Dunedin City, Wildlife and Scenery Tour

Dunedin City, Wildlife and Scenery Tour

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Highlights

Explore spectacular Dunedin city and Otago Peninsula on this full-day small group tour (6 people max). Visit Baldwin St (steepest street in the world), the University of Otago and Dunedin’s famous Scottish heritage sites. Then we will travel alongside the picturesque Otago harbour and take a coffee break at the beautiful and historic Larnach Castle. We then head across to Sandfly Bay and take the track down to the viewing platform to spot local wildlife. We then drive through typically rugged and beautiful Otago wilderness to Hoopers Inlet swamp to observe the unique birdlife. We then drive to Tairoa Head to visit the penguin colony at Pilot Beach and the albatross sanctuary.

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Itinerary
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Stop At: Baldwin Street, North East Valley, Dunedin 9010, New Zealand

Baldwin Street is recognized by the Guinness Book of Records as the steepest street in the world.

Duration: 15 minutes

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

University of Otago, which was built in 1879. The registry, however, is most famous for its clock tower: a prominent feature that overlooks the entire university like a shining beacon.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: The Octagon, Dunedin 9016 New Zealand

Visit portrait statue of Robert Burns. Four versions exist, in New York City (United States), Dundee (Scotland), London (England), and Dunedin (New Zealand).

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: First Church of Otago, 415 Moray Place, Dunedin 9016 New Zealand

Designed by R. A Lawson, this prominent Gothic style church sits right at the heart of Dunedin city. Its construction process, which started in 1867 and finished in 1875.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Dunedin Railway Station, Dunedin New Zealand

Widely regarded as one of the finest pieces of Edwardian Baroque style architecture in New Zealand, the Railway Station is one of the most photographed landmarks in the country.


Duration: 15 minutes

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

This is the only castle ever built in New Zealand. It has an impressive Victorian style design and is situated in remarkable 14-hectare gardens.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Sandfly Bay Track, Seal Point Road Otago Peninsula area, Dunedin New Zealand

Sandfly Bay is a phenomenal experience. Headlands and coastal rock formations shelter the area from the elements.

The track down starts at the carpark, and begins with a well maintained trail over farmland, be sure to take a moment to absorb the amazing views of the bay from the viewing platforms.

New Zealand fur seals and sea lions are usually found sunbathing on the beach, having a rest before the evening hunting ritual.

The endangered yellow-eyed penguins also have a colony here. They are frequently seen arriving from sea in the evenings. Avoid approaching them and their nesting grounds as they are timid and easily threatened.

Locals often play games on the flat areas, and some ride down the sand dunes on body boards. The beach also provides a different perspective of Lion’s Head Rock, an offshore island resting beyond the waves.

Don’t worry, there are no sand-flies here. The bay was actually named after the sand, which on a windy day would fly down from the tall dunes surrounding the bay.

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Taiaroa Head, Otago 9077, New Zealand

Taiaroa Head is a headland at the tip of the Otago Peninsula offering visitors spectacular views of the surrounding unique landscape overlooking the mouth of the Otago Harbour. It is home to a historic lighthouse, built in 1864, and a colony of over 100 northern royal albatrosses.

The headland is named after Te Matenga Taiaroa, a 19th-century Māori chief. Pukekura, a significant Māori pā was located on the headland, established back in 1650s and still occupied by Māori in the 1840s.

The area has an abundance of unique wildlife including dusky dolphins, orcas and migratory large whales including humpbacks. Their sightings in the areas are on the increase and Taiaroa Head is one of the best vantage points along the Otago coast.

Ruins of former coastal defences are located nearby, notably a restored Armstrong Disappearing Gun emplacement built in 1886 following a scare that New Zealand might be invaded by the Russians.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: The Royal Albatross Centre, 1260 Harington Point Rd, Dunedin New Zealand

The Royal Albatross Centre, at Taiaroa head is the only mainland breeding colony of Royal Albatross in the world.

Albatross are the world’s largest seabirds. They normally breed on remote islands and spend about 85% of their lives at sea, well away from land and humans. They travel vast distances from their breeding grounds to feed. With a massive 3 metre wingspan, they fly an estimated 190,000 kilometres a year.

The breeding birds arrive at Taiaroa Head on Otago Peninsula in September. They nest during early November and within the following three weeks an egg is laid, one only per pair, every two years.
The young Royal Albatross will spend the next 3 to 5 years at sea, never touching land during that time. Many then return to this unique headland to start another generation of Royals.

Duration: 15 minutes

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Chinese tour guides available
  • A maximum of 6 people per booking
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • 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 6 travelers
Inclusions
  • Hotel (Dunedin City) / Port Chalmers pickup and drop-off
  • Entrance fee ($17) to Larnach Castle Garden
  • Private transportation


Exclusions
  • Lunch
  • Entry/Admission - Larnach Castle & Gardens


Departure Point
1: Dunedin Railway Station, 3074332, Dunedin 9016, New Zealand
2: Port Chalmers, New Zealand

Traveler pickup is offered
Starting point:
1. Port Chalmers.
2. Dunedin Railway Station.

Ports

  • Port Chalmers




Departure Time
9:30 AM

Duration
5 to 7 hours

Return Details
Returns to original departure point


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