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Iconic Wildlife Tour in Dunedin

Iconic Tours NZ Ltd

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Visit the habitat of one of the world's rarest penguins. Walk through a private nature reserve on this guided tour for a chance to see the rare Yellow Eyed Penguins, Little Blue Penguins and NZ Furseals in the wild. Specially designed hides allow for close viewing of penguin in their nesting habitat. Explore the far reaches of the Otago Peninsula and a chance to see the Royal Albatross in flight. Also included in this full day tour is an in-depth look at Dunedin's main city sights. Lookouts, photo stops and full commentary provided along with complimentary light refreshments and chilled bottled water for everyone on board. Enjoy our personal attention to your interests in this small group tour.
*please note sightings of Yellow Eyed Penguins in the reserve are extremely rare this season.

What You'll Get

This is a typical itinerary for this product

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

A chance to see Penguins, NZ Furseals and other wildlife in a private nature reserve. Access is by small group tour with a specialist wildlife guide only. Wildlife are free to come and go to and from the sea. The rare Yellow Eyed Penguin nests here but they are very shy and it is not always possible to see them. You will get a close up look at Little Blue Penguins nesting on the reserve. The walking is easy, less than 1 km, but there are a number of steps in and out of the reserve area. reasonable level of mobility is required for this tour.

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

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

Another must stop and see destination on all of our tours. The quirky Baldwin Street never fails to turn heads. It really does hold the record for steepest street in the World. But sometimes the only way to convince you is to take you there!

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Dunedin Railway Station, 3074332, Dunedin 9016, New Zealand

Likely the most photographed building in all of NZ, Dunedin's grand Railway Station is a must see. We always take the time to stop here to look inside at the beautiful mosaic floor and lavishly decorated interior.

Duration: 20 minutes

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

On this tour we include a visit to the Royal Albatross Centre. It is free entry to the info gallery, cafe and gift shop. Some people opt to do the Albatross Tour add-on (*additional fee applies) where you will go on a special 1 hour guided tour of the nesting area. Viewing is from behind glass but the view itself, seeing the nesting area up close, and informative guide make for an unforgettable experience.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Otago Peninsula, Dunedin New Zealand

Dunedin's wildlife are mostly found on the Otago Peninsula. This is a stunning piece of land that juts out from the mainland, almost like an island. We take you to the far reaches of the Peninsula, with the chance of spotting a variety of bird life. We always take the High Road for spectacular views and lookouts, and the Low Road for the scenic harbor-side drive.

Duration: 4 hours

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
  • At time of booking, Cruise ship passengers must provide the following information at time of booking: ship name, docking time, disembarkation time and re-boarding time
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • This tour involves short walks on unsealed tracks and there are a number of easy steps to negotiate in the reserve. Please bring suitable footwear.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infant seats available
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Not recommended for people with mobility aids
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
  • Bottled water
  • Light refreshments
  • Entry/Admission - Penguin Place

  • Lunch

Departure Point
1: Beach Street, Port Chalmers 9023, New Zealand
2: Toitū Café, 31 Queens Gardens, Dunedin 9016, New Zealand

Traveler pickup is offered
Cruise ship passengers meet us inside the Visitor Building on ship's wharf Port Chalmers, Dunedin. Look out for our guide holding a sign "ICONIC WILDLIFE TOUR"
Start time is 9am unless your cruise ship arrives late, check Viator/Tripadvisor messages for updates.
City based passengers meet us outside Toitu Museum, next to Dunedin Railway Station, pickup time will be 30 minutes after scheduled departure time from Port Chalmers. Please be ready 10 minutes prior.


  • Port Chalmers Wharf, 19 Beach Street, Port Chalmers 9023, New Zealand

Departure Time
9:00 AM

7 hours

Return Details
Returns to original departure point

Voucher Info
You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

The tour identified in this promotion is made available through Viator. Groupon is not affiliated with or sponsored by the Iconic Tours NZ Ltd in connection with this deal. Please contact Groupon customer service for all inquiries related to this offer. Inquiries placed to Viator will be directed back to Groupon.

This offer is not eligible for promo codes.

The Fine Print

7-day cancellation rights do not apply; no refunds or exchanges permitted. Voucher valid only for date and time listed; may not be exchanged or redeemed for other dates. Purchaser name and phone number must be provided at checkout; this information will be shared with Viator and the tour operator for purposes of order fulfillment. Groupon promo codes may not be used for this offer. Groupon voucher Terms of Sale do not apply. See the tour operators terms and conditions for this offer here. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised Goods and services.