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Back to Nature Tours

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Address: 1 Great King Street, Dunedin 9016, New Zealand
Phone Number:
+64 800 286 000
07:00 - 21:00
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Sun - Sat 07:00 - 21:00
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours

Back to Nature Tours conducts nature based tours of Dunedin and the Otago...

Back to Nature Tours conducts nature based tours of Dunedin and the Otago Peninsula, Catlins and Stewart Island.

Join us on one of our world famous cruise ship excursions that include Dunedin's best tour attractions, scenery and wildlife. We also organize private tours for individuals or groups that are tailor made to make your experience in Dunedin one you will never forget.


We are a Qualmark Endorsed New Zealand owned business - Qualmark is New Zealand tourism's official quality assurance organisation, providing a trusted guide to quality travel experiences.

We are Department of Conservation Permit holders and have a Marine Mammal permit - allowing us to guide visitors legally in some of New Zealand’s most remote and beautiful locations.

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Dunedin Shore Excursion: Small-Group Tour of Dunedin and the Otago Peninsula

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Tiaeri Gorge Railway Tour

What a wonderful day - we found them very easy to deal with - prompt, professional and just lovely. We spent a wonderful day, first doing the train journey and then we were taken... read more

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Brisbane, Australia
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Brisbane, Australia
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36 reviews
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Reviewed 1 week ago

What a wonderful day - we found them very easy to deal with - prompt, professional and just lovely. We spent a wonderful day, first doing the train journey and then we were taken for a scenic drive out to the Otago penninsular - I can't recommend them highly enough. We were on a cruiseship visiting Dunedin and wanted to... More 

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Bellingham, Washington
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45 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 March 2017

Our tour guide, Dave, met us at the cruise port, very easy access to this tour. We had a great afternoon touring the area of Dunedin. Dave was quite knowledgeable and it was interesting to hear his insights about the city and surrounding area. The beach stop was a highlight, really spectacular views. We also were able to have a... More 

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West Linn, Oregon, USA
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26 reviews
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Reviewed 27 February 2017 via mobile

Doug was a great tour guide with lots of local information! We got a quick overview of Akaroa including the beautiful and historic railroad station. We then drove to Christchurch where we had lunch at the mall that had been destroyed by the two earthquakes and rebuilt using shipping containers! We were able to see the rebuilding process and Doug,... More 

Thank ldge
Southern CA
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14 reviews
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Reviewed 16 February 2017

We booked this shore excursion for a Princess Cruise port stop. Chris was a fun, personable and informative guide who went out of his way to make for a great half day in Dunedin.

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6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 9 February 2017

Our Dunedin tour, with our guide, Chris, was time (3 hours) and money well spent. We were picked up from and dropped back at the port, although we were given the option of being dropped back at the centre of town. We had a general introduction to the town and the area, seeing points of interest in Dunedin itself, the... More 

Thank Angela C
Northampton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 9 February 2017

Went on 2 trips with BTN Tours whilst in New Zealand. On both occasions the guide was very informative and helpful. Our trip around Tauranga/Rotorua and Dunedin were great, packing in some excellent sights. Thanks for helping us to see much more than we could have achieved on our own.

Thank NandL1957
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6 reviews
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Reviewed 24 January 2017 via mobile

This was a fantastic tour that allowed us to get right up close with the natural wildlife of Dunedin. On the Royal Peninsular Tour you see the highlights of Dunedin including the World's Steepest Street, the University and then off to Penguin Place to see the penguins and seals. Mitch was our tour guide and he was brilliant! This tour... More 

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Esher, United Kingdom
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28 reviews
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Reviewed 9 January 2017 via mobile

Had Matt as a guide. Started at 9:15 and finished at 4:00. We were a little concerned by the hesitant start from our guide but slowly and surely his knowledge and enthusiasm began to shine and it's the passion for the subject that will turn good to great, and Matt was a great guide. The tour takes in the city... More 

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Central Florida, Florida
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161 reviews
98 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 January 2017

Guide spent most of the time talking on his cell phone or with the people in the first two rows. Tour itself was okay, especially the train ride.

Thank Terence G
San Jose, California
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Reviewed 29 December 2016

We booked our 4 Cruise Ship Shore Excursions with Chris Roberts @ Back to Nature Tours. We enjoyed great scenery along with knowledgeable guides for all four tours. Besides, they were considerate and paid attention to our special needs as my Dad walked slowly. One guide walked along with my Dad, kept him company, and waited for rest of us... More 

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