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Dunedin and the Otago Peninsula Wildlife Tour provided by Back to Nature Tours

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Dunedin and the Otago Peninsula Wildlife Tour

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What you can expect during this experience
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Updated 07/29/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 07/29/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Overview
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    Dunedin i-SITE Visitor Information Centre
    Or, you can also get picked up
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  • 1
    Signal Hill
    Stop: 7 minutes
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  • 2
    Baldwin Street: The Steepest Street in the World
    Stop: 7 minutes
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  • 3
    University of Otago
    Stop: 7 minutes
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  • 4
    Dunedin Railway Station
    Stop: 10 minutes
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  • 5
    Otago Peninsula
    Stop: 5 hours
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  • 6
    Larnach Castle & Gardens
    Stop: 75 minutes - Admission included
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  • 7
    Penguin Place
    Stop: 90 minutes - Admission included
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  • 8
    Taiaroa Head
    Stop: 30 minutes
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  • You'll end at
    Dunedin i-SITE Visitor Information Centre
    50 The Octagon, Dunedin Central, Dunedin 9016, New Zealand
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Important Information
Departure Point
Dunedin i-SITE Visitor Information Centre, 50 The Octagon, Dunedin Central, Dunedin 9016, New Zealand
Duration
7h
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
Inclusions
  • Local guide
  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan
  • Hotel/Port pickup and drop-off
  • Entry/Admission - Larnach Castle & Gardens
  • Entry/Admission - Penguin Place
Exclusions
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Gratuities
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • A moderate amount walking is involved, there are 90 steps at the penguin reserve. A moderate level of fitness is required
  • Bring a waterproof jacket , sunglasses, hat and closed-toe shoes suitable for walking
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Departure time may change depending on cruise ship schedule
  • We guarantee you will see at least 1 penguin, but please be aware penguins are wild and shy birds and sightings may be limited
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • 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.
67Reviews
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Anne M wrote a review Aug 2020
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Our tour guide was brilliant. I loved the tour but was a bit disappointed that we didn't have tickets to see the albatross. Our guide managed to spot two flying in from the sea and they were magnificent. Larnach castle was suburb.
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Date of experience: August 2020
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petaswan wrote a review Mar 2020
Sydney, Australia3 contributions
The tour is a good combination of civilisation - sightseeing in Dunedin and Larnarch Castle - and nature - sea lions, seals, yellow-eyed penguins.
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Response from Back2NatureTours, Chief TA Responder at Dunedin and the Otago Peninsula Wildlife Tour
Responded Mar 29, 2020
Hi petaswan, Thank you for your 5 star review, it really inspires us! Our tours have been crafted to make sure you get an experience that is well balanced and not rushed. We aim to get you out the vehicle as much as possible to enjoy the amazing scenery we have here. Glad you enjoyed it! Haste Ye Back!
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Miles Plueger wrote a review Feb 2020
Minneapolis, Minnesota1 contribution
Maybe it was the beautiful scenery, maybe it was the very friendly tour guide, maybe it was both, regardless, this was an amazing excursion. Although it really caters to those who are getting off of a cruise ship and have very little time, we spent just about the right amount of
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Response from Back2NatureTours, Chief TA Responder at Dunedin and the Otago Peninsula Wildlife Tour
Responded Feb 17, 2020
Hi milezplu, Thanks for your 5 star review! Our small group tours allow our guides to be personable, it s a real focus for us. Small groups allow us to get people on and off the bus quickly, where we can make the most of the places we stop. We're glad you enjoyed your time with us and hope to see you back in New Zealand one day. Your a Back to Nature legend, Haste Ye Back!
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Przemysław L wrote a review Feb 2020
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The excursion to Otago Peninsula was one of highlights of our stay in NZ. The guide-driver was the best of the kind I ever met. Very knowlwdgeable, friendly and always willing to share the infos about what we see. The excursion itself is a great combination of visiting the city
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Response from Back2NatureTours, Chief TA Responder at Dunedin and the Otago Peninsula Wildlife Tour
Responded Feb 17, 2020
Thanks for this stunning 5 star review. We have a pretty solid team of guides and we're thrilled yours was the 'best of the kind' you've ever met! What a great way to describe a guide! This could very well be the review of the year - thanks for taking the time to make our day:) Dunedin misses you - Haste Ye Back!
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Tarja R wrote a review Feb 2020
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We chose the Royal Peninsula tour from back to nature as we had used these guys the last time we were in Dunedin doing a short 1/2 day tour , this time we wantec the whole day experience and they did not dissapoint , they picked us promptly from the port terminal and took us for
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Response from Back2NatureTours, Chief TA Responder at Dunedin and the Otago Peninsula Wildlife Tour
Responded Feb 3, 2020
Hi 470tarjar, Thank you for your 5 Star Review! Its amazing how many people come back to Dunedin, we're so happy you decided to choose Back to Nature Tours again - Your an honorary Back To Nature Legend, if you come back to Dunedin for a third time let us know and you'll go free of charge! All the best for 2020! Haste Ye Back!
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About the operator

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118materesal
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Well spent day in Dunedin! It was an awesome experience.
Highly recommended day your - Chris was nice, friendly and very informative. Will definitely recommend this to my
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richardtL9568WQ
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Otago Peninsula
We were very fortunate to see the both sealions and fur seals on a picture perfect beach on the Otago peninsula.
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Shirley G
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The train was great but peninsula excellent
Great to be picked up and expected the Taieri Gorge Railway trip would be the highlight but no. The shuttle trip ar
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Cy1175
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Soaring South Island Scenery
Architectural highlights of Dunedin included Otago University, Railroad station and steepest street in the world. L
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E2493VXaliciar
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Fantastic
Our guide Mel was very knowledgeable and humourous. I loved watching the sea lions and penguins. Lanarch Castle the
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JLS1125
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Dunedin and Otago Peninsula Wildlife Tour with Optional Larnach Castle Visit
A near-perfect day in terms of the tour, guide and weather. The tour was well designed with adequate time at each
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JohnWTravel
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Outstanding, educational and scenic, tour
We did this tour during a cruise ship port stop. Our group of 12 was very comfortable in our tour vehicle, and our
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terif413
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Amazing Day In Dunedin!
Our day with James was amazing! He was knowledgeable about Dunedin, the indigenous culture and all the wildlife in
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Dolly502014
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Half day
Chris picked us up from the ship in a minibus. As he’s lived in Dunedin for a number of years he was very knowledge
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Annie S
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Wonderful experience
The trip began with a very friendly guide meeting us at the port exit. The day got even better from then. The tra
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rma7477
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Nice trip and ride
I would recommend this day excursion as it gives a nice ride and taste of the country side through the area. The tr
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khowlettt
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Rainy Day in Dunedin
We were only in Dunedin for one day and this tour gave us a good overview of the area. Our guide was very knowledge
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KScott55
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Great driver/guide (Scott). Comfortable van.
Tour was as described. Had some fog in the morning but cleared late morning. Driver Scott was very informative an
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928kevinl
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An outstanding tour with Oli!
We had a very delightful tour. Our guide/driver Oli is exceptional. He is very knowledgable, personable, interesti
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Jondie88
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Couldn’t have been better
We were met at the cruise terminal which was too easy. Everything was on time. I think our guide was Marty. He was
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Key Details
  • Duration: 7h
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
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  • Pickup offered
  • Languages Offered: English
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