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Otago Peninsula Scenic, City Highlights and Wildlife Tour
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Otago Peninsula Scenic, City Highlights and Wildlife Tour

By Fantail Tours
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Ages 0-99, max of 13 per group
Duration: 5h
Start time: Check availability
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Live guide: English
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Print or digital reading material such as a guide, map, brochure, etc.
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  • Transport by air-conditioned van
  • Driver/guide
  • Bottled water
  • Live commentary on board
  • Entry/Admission - The Royal Albatross Centre
What's not included
  • Lunch


Start:
  • Option 1
    Port Chalmers Wharf, 19 Beach Street, Port Chalmers 9023, New Zealand
    Port Chalmers cruise terminal private tour waiting area, close to door 2
  • Option 2
    Dunedin isite Visitor Information Centre, 50 The Octagon, Central Dunedin, Dunedin 9016, New Zealand
    Outside Visitor Centre
Pickup details
  • Port Chalmers cruise terminal, private tour waiting area close to door 2.
Port pickup offered
During checkout you will be able to select from the list of included ports.
  • Port Chalmers
End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Stroller accessible
    • Infant seats available
    If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 57853P7

    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Children must be accompanied by an adult
    • Dress Waterproof and windproof jacket, sunblock. Wear comfortable walking shoes
    • Most travelers can participate
    • 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 13 travelers

    • All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.

    If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 57853P7

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    Itinerary
    • You’ll have 2 starting options
      Or, you can also get picked up
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    • 1
      Baldwin Street: The Steepest Street in the World
      Stop: 10 minutes
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    • 2
      Signal Hill
      Stop: 5 minutes
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    • 3
      Northern Cemetery
      Stop: 5 minutes
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    • 4
      University of Otago
      Stop: 5 minutes
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      Pass by
      Knox Church
      The Octagon
    • 5
      First Church of Otago
      Stop: 5 minutes
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    • 6
      Otago Peninsula
      Stop: 5 minutes
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    • 7
      The Royal Albatross Centre
      Stop: 60 minutes - Admission included
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      Pass by
      Otago Peninsula
    • 8
      Dunedin Railway Station
      Stop: 10 minutes
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    • You'll return to the starting point
    About the operator
    Don’t take it from us – here’s what people have to say about this operator:
    • Fantail Tours
      175
      Dunedin, New Zealand
      Joined in August 2017
    • Lisa S
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Loved the OPERA
      Theresa was a great guide! She showed us the best of Dunedin, got us to the penguin reserve where we were in great hands, and even got to spot a couple of penguins! We had a great day in Dunedin thanks to Fantail Tours and Theresa.
      Written April 6, 2024
    • TammyL463
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Definitely would recommend for scenery and the guide
      The bus driver was easy to find at the meeting point. She did a great job showing us around the area. You could tell from her enthusiasm that she really loved her job and the area. I am sorry I cannot remember her name but her husband does tours through the company as well. During our 2 week cruise she was by far the best tour guide that we had. She even extended the time of the tour to ensure that we were able to see everything that she wanted to show us and gave us a flower that she made herself when we left. The penguin reserve was nice. There is a lot of walking over uneven surfaces. I don't think they really see the yellow eyed penguins very much because there are only a few. We did though see one small blue penguin in his house. The guides that showed us around were very good and knowledgeable. The scenery was breathtaking.
      Written April 6, 2024
    • Michael-HKG
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Fabulous tour of a beautiful town
      This was our first stop off a NZ Cruise and imo also the best town and tour! Thank you Teresa for a well informed tour of your beautiful city and its surrounding. Teresa was fun and caring and had very good in depth knowledge of the area.
      Written March 31, 2024
    • 1783058328365
      0 contributions
      2.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great guide and region, but improvements are needed
      Our tour guide was great, and it was a privilege to tour the beautiful Dunedin region. However the transport van was a rental, and terrible. Smelled deeply of smoke the whole day... Smallish windows blocked somewhat by mechanisms, and the audio system was poor. Had to crane my neck to see the sights and was sickened by the permeated cigarette smell. Provider should do better! Noticed that another tour group of theirs had a perfectly lovely touring van, but not our group. Also box lunches should be provided rather than stops at supermarket. And one lady in our group wanted to stop at the pharmacy so we got pretty delayed because of "stops" and we missed the beginning of our paid in advance albatross center tour. That was unfortunate for us. Guests should find their own way to the pharmacy, which is right in Port Chalmers. So there are some improvements that should be made by this tour provider. I thank you for a good guide and safe journey around Dunedin!
      Written March 10, 2024
    • pigswilltravel
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Recommend
      Our tour was beyond excellent. Steffan is a wealth of knowledge of this area, he knows the insights of all the beautiful locations, and this tour has great balance of history and modern understanding. Larnach Castle and Olveston house has amazing history, the train station stunning and the beautiful scenery is to die for highly recommend this tour.
      Written February 28, 2024
    • Camper429286
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great tour and Tour Guide!
      Paul was our tour guide and did a wonderful job explaining the history, of the area and the Castle and Olveston home. The tour was well paced, fun and informative. I highly recommend it !
      Written February 26, 2024
    • kc96734
      0 contributions
      4.0 of 5 bubbles
      Nice tour of Dunedin and peninsula and olveston
      Tour was as described. Tour driver met us at cruise port and returned us there, so very easy transportation wise. Loved olveston house. While beautiful, the views from larnach castle were just okay, because vegetation obstructed what we could see from the garden. Only downside was comfort of the van.
      Written February 24, 2024
    • gbwelch18
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Trii treated us so well! Flexible and accommodating!
      Trii was delightful from beginning to end! She allowed us the choice of picnic or hot lunch and then shared her discount at her local grocery store and offered food recommendations! (Like Whittaker chocolate bars!) She also provided informative and interesting commentary, and was eager to answer questions and share her love of New Zealand. Toward the end, when we wanted to meet up with local friends, she flexed and dropped us off at the train station and returned a bit later, without reducing the quality of the tour for the other passengers. As for the Albatross experience, I had no idea how fascinating these birds are…now, I’m a fan! Thanks, Trii!
      Written February 18, 2024
    • Craig S
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Thumbs up in Dunedin
      Packed a lot into six hours, yet was casual and flexible. We were off a cruise ship with an itinerary that ran into mid-afternoon so our guide pulled into a grocery store and we all grabbed lunch. Guide was a 20 year resident. Very knowledgeable. Don’t recall a question he couldn’t answer. Definitely recommend this excursion for anyone wanting an overall intro to Dunedin
      Written February 15, 2024
    • Wander02759492955
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great private tour, payment issue from cruise ship
      We are a group from USA and Taiwan that traveled via cruise to Dunedin. We arranged a private tour via emails with Asta while we were on the ship. She was very prompt in answering and working with us to make the excursion possible. There was some payment challenges which almost ruined the tour and I will get to that later. Keith was our guide and he was absolutely wonderful and a delight to be with. With his knowledge, time management and flexibility, we hit pretty much all major city highlights and points of interests including castle garden & its lunch cafe during a 5 hours span. Concerning payment, I would recommend Fantail Tours to have an alternate payment method in addition to just the “invoice page website”, because for two days we couldn’t figure out why the payment website shows as blank on mobile phones, iPad and laptops with our cruise ship Internet package. We almost cancelled the tour. Eventually we had to upgrade to premium Internet package to make the payment page showed up correctly. While ship was cruising, we can’t make voice calls and email was insecure to give credit card info. So this is one area for improvement.
      Written February 14, 2024
    • Wander02759492955
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great private tour for Dunedin
      We are a group of 7 from USA and Taiwan travelled through cruise ship to Dunedin, so we arranged a private tour with Asta through emails. Keith was our guide and he was just wonderful and absolutely delight to be with.
      Written February 14, 2024
    • marciaw224
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great visit to Dunedin and Otago Peninsula
      Teresa was a fantastic guide on our excursion. Very personable, including a great sense of humor. The trip was well thought out, showing us many sites in and around Dunedin and Otaga Peninsula. She took great care of us, ensuring we all had food for lunch. She was very knowledgeable about the history, flora and fauna. Simply said, Teresa and tour were great.
      Written February 14, 2024
    • daniellG9675RT
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great tour
      Tour guide is fantastic. Scenery amazing and places of interest are interesting. Vehicle is a mini-bus that fits all passengers comfortably. Great time spent and even though it is not cheap it is well worth it if you only have a day in Dunedin
      Written February 13, 2024
    • Jeanette R
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great private tour of Dunedin with Asta
      Loved our tour guide Asta. She took the time to show us more than just the city and was delightful in all aspects, very knowledgeable.
      Written February 7, 2024
    • dodol2013
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Very professional customized tour
      We worked with Asta to customize our tour itinerary. They were on time and handled all the visits very professionally. Our guide David was very knowledgeable and took care of our needed. Highly recommend.
      Written January 24, 2024
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    Wendy F
    New Orleans, LA23 contributions
    1.0 of 5 bubbles
    Feb 2018 • Couples
    I booked a tour with this company through Viator and Fantail not only didn't deliver what they advertised the tour guide was one of the worst I have ever had in my 50 years of traveling. When I complained to Viator, Fantail came back and said they "the tour was delivered" - sure they drove us around but the guide didn't give us any history on the city or what we were seeing - he mostly drove us around in silence until we would drive by a church and he would say "this is our Catholic church". When a company doesn't stand by what they advertise that is the time to vote with your dollars and not book with them.
    Written February 15, 2018
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
    We are very sorry to hear we did not meet your expectations, that was truly not our intention. We are a small local company taking pride in providing our customers with exceptional service. Your comments were taken seriously and dealt with. Thank you for your feedback, we see it as an opportunity to further enhance our service, carefully choose our guides and provide them with the best training to meet our high standards we offer. Please, accept our sincere apologies.
    Written February 18, 2018
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    Helen B
    Highfields, Australia16 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Dec 2018 • Couples
    Asta was a wonderful guide, with a wealth of knowledge, she looked after us and provided great info as we experienced Dunedin and the Otago Peninsula. Asta went out of her way to ensure we had great photo opportunities (although the day was a little grey) and history info. We had also opted in for the Wildlife tour with Monarch Wildlife Cruises and Tours and had a great cruise discovering the local wildlife. Including several Albatross, Fur Seals, Penguins, Shags, Petrels just to name a few. A great day out and as we had a small group very personalised.
    Written January 20, 2019
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    Thank you for leaving your feedback. All feedbacks are very important to us but is extremely pleasant to hear the positive ones.
    Written March 25, 2019
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    Wicksi
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nov 2017 • Couples
    We had a superb tour to the Royal Albatross Centre on the Otago Peninsula. Fantail Tours made special arrangements to meet our schedules, enabeling us to see the peninsula and visit the albatrosses. We were lucky to see these magnificent birds in the air from a viewing shelter, and we had a very enthusiastic local guide to tell us about the birds life.
    Written November 13, 2017
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    maree y
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This was a great tour to get a glimpse of Dunedin in just a few hours. Lunch was a little hurried as we were late to arrive at the centre and therefore not enough time to order hot food. The highlight were the albatross.
    Written February 28, 2023
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    Thank you for your feedback. Most of our tours don't have enough time for a big lunch stop, there's only time to grab something small as a snack from a local cafe or bakery.
    Written February 28, 2023
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    Peter F
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jan 2019 • Couples
    Fantail tours Guide Asta , met us off the Sea Princess at Port Chalmers and delivered us bak to the ship after the tour in good time. Asta was a very helpful, knowledgeable caring lady. She treated us and the other couple on the tour with us like family. She gave an excellent commentary on everything we saw. We had a very memorable time together. The Mercedes Minibus was very clean and comfortable. We saw magnificent scenery along the high road out along the peninsula and different views back to Dunedin along the shore lower road.This tour was a highlight of our NZ cruise Holiday . We saw three nesting albatross at the Centre and learned a lot about these remarkable birds.

    Well Done Asta Tours. We will use you again if we are able to make another visit to Dunedin.
    Written January 10, 2019
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    Dear Peter and Rosemary Thank you for touring with Fantail Tours and leaving your feedback about your experience with us! Our goal is to present our city and surroundings in the best way we can and succeeding in doing this makes us very happy! Australia is not far away, come to New Zealand and especially Dunedin again!
    Written January 15, 2019
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    miss_womble
    Brisbane, Australia12 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I had a brilliant tour today. Asta was prompt, friendly and incredibly helpful. She showed me the beautiful botanical gardens, gave an informative tour of Dunedin city and took the gorgeous high road to the Otago Peninsula. She made extra stops, and made time for me to take extra photos of the scenery and pointed out other interesting sights and facts on the tour. Thanks again for a wonderful day
    Written October 1, 2018
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