Dunedin Shore Excursion: Coastal Train And Olveston House

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  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 5 Hrs 30 Mins
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  • Departure Time :
    10:00 AM Tour departs within walking distance of the cruise port
  • 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.


Looking for a relaxing shore excursion in Dunedin? Look no more!
On this full-day shore excursion you will Experience the magnificent scenery of the Otago peninsula by Railway, enjoy a city sightseeing tour of Dunedin. This tour also includes admission and a tour of the amazing Olveston House!


  • All entrance fees included
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Great overview and orientation of the city
  • Rail Tour

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This is a typical itinerary for this product

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: 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.

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

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

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

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

Stop At: Dunedin railway station

Then board the coastal train which will journey along the coastline and to the hills overlooking your ship at Port Chalmers. Great photo opportunities to be had. It then travels to the small seaside settlement of Waitati before making its return journey back to Port Chalmers. The train will drop you back near the historic church in the Port Chalmers township.

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Pass By: Port Chalmers Wharf

A short 10 minute walk back to the Port Visitor Centre, via the vibrant Port Chalmers village with a wide range of art & culture from potters and sculptors to painters, musicians, jewellers and fashion designers. Back to your ship by approximately 3.30pm.


Dunedin sightseeing tour

Professional guide

Rail journey

Worry-free Shore Excursion Guarantee

Port pickup and drop-off

Entry/Admission - Olveston Historic Home

Entry/Admission - Dunedin Railway Station


Food and drinks


Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Children must be accompanied by an adult

At time of booking, Cruise ship passengers must provide the following information at time of booking: ship name, docking time, disembarkation time and re-boarding time

Subject to available seats on train

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

Traveler Reviews

  • 06-Feb-2018

    Nothing exciting. Most of the time looking through fog. Interestingly the chairs swivelled in the opposite direction when the train travelled the returned journey. It stopped at the area of the cruise port and passengers walked a distance to get to their ship. I thought I saw a passengers train stopping at the wharf to pick-up passengers in the morning but this train did not.

  • 23-Jan-2018

    Bus driver was fantastic.... loved Olveston House.... was disappointed with Coastal train wa told we could buy lunch on board as there was no time during the bus time. But they only had a sandwich or packet chips and chocolate bars....

  • 21-Jan-2018

    In the Olveston house the people who conduct the house tour didn't bother to check if everyone was there before
    they start the house tour.....then we are left outside and miss the house tour
    someone i know went for the house tour and said the history of the house interesting...

    For the train ride.......
    Not much to see.....a lot water and the trees blocking the view when you are on the train...
    the train go along and then it stops and the tour guide made us stand up so he could rotate the seats....
    then the train travel back the same way in reverse ....
    The tour guide said there would be lunch provided on the train but there was only some tea and coffee...
    Someone I know bought a coffee and it was very very bad
    My advice.....if you are planning NZ holiday skip Dunedin

  • 09-Jan-2017

    Interesting train trip with lovely views. The staff were all very nice and helpful too.
    Olveston House was underwhelming but I guess we are spoilt for beautiful old houses in the UK and this was the best they had in Dunedin. Some of the content and furniture was also misdescribed - we had some real experts on our trip from the countries of origin. The house is basically a collection of things that some wealthy people bought on their world travels - its a real mix up and not necessarily of good taste.

  • 14-Apr-2016

    The train ride was a virtual duplication of the bus ride from the port.

  • 05-Feb-2016

    Olveston house very interesting. Train trip ok but not much to see.

  • 15-Jan-2016

    The city tour was good but I was disappointed the coastal train. Overall it is very nice tour.

  • 30-Dec-2015

    Relaxed and well serviced. Friendly and informative staff.