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Dunedin and the Otago Peninsula Wildlife Tour

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    See the highlights of Dunedin, Larnach Castle and the penguins of the Otago Peninsula — all in one day. After morning pickup from your Dunedin hotel or the Port Chalmers cruise port, your guide transports you by minivan throughout the city.
    Get a look at steep Baldwin Street, the University of Otago and Dunedin Railway Station, renowned for its ornate Renaissance Revival design. You’ll pass Dunedin Town Hall and St Paul's Anglican Cathedral in the Octagon — the lively city center — and step out at the Signal Hill lookout for a wider view.
    Next, explore the extensive Larnach Gardens with your guide before free time to meander at your own pace. Opt to tour the mansion for a historical overview, including rumors of its haunting (choose the Castle option when booking). You can purchase lunch at the ballroom cafe adjacent to Larnach Castle before continuing on.
    Upon arrival at a nearby nature reserve on the Otago Peninsula, you’re greeted by a naturalist guide for a tour to observe New Zealand’s yellow-eyed penguins. A moderate walk plus a descent of 90 steps takes you through hides for close-up viewing of the nesting site without disturbing the world’s rarest penguins.
    Then rejoin your minivan for the drive to Taiaroa Head to visit nesting grounds for the northern royal albatross. Search for seabirds with the widest wingspans gliding over the headlands. Then marvel at the coastline on the return to Dunedin where your day trip ends.
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    Reviewed June 11, 2019 via mobile

    Excellent trip, knowledgeable and very helpful guide, saw everything as promised, saw seals up close, albatross were amazing.More

    Thank michael n
    Back2NatureTours, General Manager at Back to Nature Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

    Hi Michael n, Thanks for making time to write a review for us, we really appreciate that. As you know, wildlife is unpredictable so it makes for a special day when you get to see everything. We hope you enjoyed the rest of your travels...More

    Reviewed May 17, 2019

    Glenn, our tour guide, did a great job of showing us the highlights of Dunedin and the Otago Peninsula. As a knowledgeable local he provided not only the overview, but some interesting insights which only a resident would know. Most impressed that he was able...More

    Date of experience: April 2019
    Thank ORGinH
    Reviewed March 23, 2019

    I had the most amazing with my guide named Ollie. He took me absolutely everywhere and was super knowledgeable. I loved our conversations and seeing beautiful sights and wildlife. The penguins are fantastic. So cute and funny. I can't say enough about what a great...More

    Date of experience: February 2019
    Thank Leslie B
    Reviewed January 30, 2019

    Despite miserable weather we had a great time with Back to Nature tours - Dave our guide was an absolute legend and walking encyclopedia. We immediately felt like he was a part of the family. We got see the beautiful sites around the Otago Peninsula,...More

    Date of experience: January 2019
    Thank Shakaka
    Reviewed January 20, 2019

    Amazing Trip!! Guide was very knowledgable and took us out of the way when he heard that NZ leopard seals had been spotted nearby. Saw fur seals, albatross and yellow eyed penguins (at the sanctuary as their were none out on the beach). Also got...More

    Date of experience: January 2019
    Thank Rebecca W
    Back2NatureTours, Chief TA Responder at Back to Nature Tours, responded to this reviewResponded January 23, 2019

    Hi Rebecca, Thanks for your feedback...it really matters. The full day tour is a comprehensive day that serves as a great introduction to Dunedin, we're really glad you enjoyed it:) That being said, it does bother me you weren't dropped off first considering you had...More

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    The tour guide gave us water and delicious chocolate. No lunch was provided. We could have purchased lunch at the albatross center, but chose not to.
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