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Experience the very best Dunedin and the Otago Peninsula has to offer with a shore excursion offering sightseeing of both Dunedin City and the Otago Peninsula, with a unique and not to be missed chance to visit the world’s only mainland breeding colony of the magnificent Royal Albatross. The visit to the Royal Albatross Centre includes a 60 minute guided tour together with time for lunch in the centres cafe (optional extra). Upon early afternoon, the tour moves onto Nature Wonders where Yellow-eyed Penguins can be viewed at close quarters, together with seals, Little Blue Penguins and cormorants.
09.00: Collected from your cruise ship at Port Chalmers and travel through to Dunedin for a very informative, entertaining and scenically stunning tour of the city. The tour will include Otago University, Botanical Gardens, historic buildings, neo-gothic church architecture, cathedrals, stately homes, and the world’s steepest street – all with plenty of photo opportunities. The tour will then head out onto the Otago Peninsula to the Royal Albatross Centre with magnificent sightseeing on route.
11.30: On arrival at the Royal Albatross Centre you will join a 60 minute unique guided tour where you can view the Royal Albatross and learn about the history of this unique region of New Zealand. Witness the fascinating social behaviour and family life of the breeding colony whilst being awed by the soaring three metre wingspan of the birds flying above. Tour includes a short film, information on albatross breeding cycle and colony viewing from the observatory. There will also be time for lunch (optional extra) in the centres cafe’s.
14.00: The next stop is Nature Wonders for a fully guided tour to an isolated cove on one of the remotest parts of the Otago Peninsula where you will be able to view a Yellow-eyed Penguin breeding colony along with New Zealand Fur Seals and their pups, little blue penguins, a breeding colony of cormorants and 360 degree views of the Otago Peninsula.
16.00: The tour then returns you to Port Chalmers and your cruise ship in plenty of time prior to the ships departure.
Please note: This tour is not suitable for wheelchair users nor those with mobility issues. A moderate fitness level is recommended.
Book tours in more than one port and receive a 10% discount on all subsequent bookings – Discounts applied at time of tour confirmations.