Dunedin Shore Excursion: City Sightseeing With Olveston House Tour

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  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 4 Hrs
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  • Departure Time :
    10:00 AM
  • Departure Details :
    Port Chalmers, New Zealand
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    • If you cancel at least 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
    • If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.
    • If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
    • Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


Discover Dunedins roots when your ship is in port on a shore excursion that takes in the city's central sights and historic Olveston House. Youll see Dunedins highlights -- including Otago University on a two-hour sightseeing tour which includes guided tour of the stately Olveston mansion and its landscaped gardens.

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Pass By: Otago peninsula, Dunedin, Otago Region, South Island

Start your shore excursion with port pickup and board your comfortable coach for a sightseeing tour. Hear commentary detailing Dunedins history as you motor around the hilly city, which overlooks the Otago peninsula.

Pass By: Baldwin street: The Steepest Street in the World, Dunedin, Otago Region, South Island

Pass by Baldwin street, considered the worlds steepest street, and get a glimpse of the harbour.

Pass By: Dunedin botanic garden, Dunedin, Otago Region, South Island

See the beautiful Botanic Gardens of Dunedin City on this sightseeing tour.

Pass By: University of otago, Dunedin, Otago Region, South Island

View the University of otago, the neoclassical Dunedin town hall and Renaissance Revivalstyle Dunedin railway station as well as opulent banks, theatres and 19th-century edifices.

Stop At: Olveston Historic Home, Dunedin, Otago Region, South Island

After the city tour you will join a 1-hour guided tour of Olveston Historic Home a 35-room mansion and gardens. A docent reveals the history behind this enchanting time capsule of one of Dunedins wealthy merchant families. Built in a Jacobean style, Olveston is decorated with original fine art and furniture collected by the homes wealthy owners. Stroll past century-old trees and manicured lawns to the gardens.

Duration: 1 hour

Pass By: Port Chalmers Wharf

Rejoin your guide in the afternoon aboard the coach, and the return drive to the Dunedin port. You will be given the opportunity to explore Port Chalmers where you can discover a vibrant village with a wide range of art & culture from potters and sculptors to painters, musicians, jewellers and fashion designers and then make your way back to board the Ship.


Dunedin sightseeing tour

Professional guide

Worry-free Shore Excursion Guarantee

Port pickup and drop-off

Entry/Admission - Olveston Historic Home


Food and drinks


Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Should your cruise ship timetable be indicating that you will be berthing in Dunedin (Port Chalmers) at 10am or later, this does not preclude you from booking these tour options. The timetable will simply be altered to align with the cruise ships arrival time

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  • 02-Mar-2020

    Learnt about the history of Dunedin went to many places. The driver was excellent and local knowledge

  • 05-Feb-2020

    With the exception of the tour of the Olveston House, Dunedin is rather lacking in anything else of significance. The house is a marvel, steeped in fascinating history and preserved in its architecture and furnishings, a tribute to the volunteers. Dunedin does have a train station that is unique for the size of the city but other than that there's not a lot to see. A tour of the house and then off to the environs would had made it a better day.

  • 13-Dec-2019

    Our guide (driver) was on time. Very knowledgeable about the history of Dunedin. Very friendly. Highly recommend.

  • 16-Mar-2018

    This was a good tour with an expert guide. Olverston House was very good.

  • 08-Mar-2018

    Highly recommend this tour especially Olveston House. Driver was experienced and informative.

    Only complaint we left ship at 9.15am and returned early afternoon. However, we had no opportunity anywhere to purchase refreshments. Thankfully got back on board in time for high tea.

  • 09-Feb-2018

    The guide was fantastic. There was a major delay getting off the ship and the buses were kept waiting for us. The small group, with only 18 on the minibus was also Olveston House was well worth the visit and we enjoyed lunch and our free time in Dunedin, as well as the introductory tour of the City.

  • 18-Jan-2018

    Tracey our tour guide was welcoming, friendly and informative. We enjoyed seeing the highlights of Dunedin and Olveston House was very interesting - we really liked the tour of the house and hearing about its history. We would recommend this tour.

  • 17-Jan-2018

    Well organised. House well worth visiting.

  • 01-Jan-2018

    The guide was informative and friendly. The places we visited were very nice. The tour started on time and we were dropped off on time to get back on the cruise ship. would recommend this tour

  • 17-Apr-2017

    Driver was efficient picking us up and giving us information as we drove into Dunedin. Olveston House was excellent. Disappointed that we could not take pictures inside the house, but the furnishings were amazing and the guide was very good.
    We had free time in the city centre - visited the art museum and the Anglican and Presbyterian churches - very interesting and imposing buildings.
    The Dunedin Railway station was good. Only drawback was that all the tourist buses were parked in front of the building with the result that we could not get good pictures!
    The sightseeing tour was essentially a two-hour bus ride. I wished we could have gotten off the bus from time to time to see some of the local highlights. However, if you only have a short time, this is one way of getting an overview.

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