Dunedin – Sights with Olveston House LT70CS


Experience the city of Dunedin, New Zealand’s ‘City of Firsts’, from Scottish settlement in 1848 to the present day, enjoy a half day sightseeing tour of this beautiful city with a fully guided tour at the magnificent stately "Olveston House" included. The tour cost includes your transfers to and from the port.


See the central sights of Dunedin and visit the Olveston Historic Home on a shore excursion of Dunedin attractions. When your ship pulls into port, a professional guide, escorts you through the city by coach. View the University of Otago, Dunedin Botanic Garden and stately historic buildings before a 1-hour guided tour of Olveston, which includes the mansion and its landscaped gardens.


  • Dunedin sightseeing tour and visit to Olveston House
  • See Dunedin’s city centre attractions on a sightseeing coach
  • Admire Otago University, the Botanical Gardens, beautiful homes and other historic buildings
  • Learn about Dunedin’s history and architecture
  • Enjoy a 1-hour guided tour of Olveston House
  • Experience wonderful views of Otago Peninsula & Harbour
  • guaranteed on-time return to your ship

What You Can Expect

While your cruise ship is in port, discover the historical roots of Dunedin, the second-largest city in New Zealand’s South Island. Start your shore excursion with port pickup and board your comfortable coach for a sightseeing tour.

Hear commentary detailing Dunedin’s history as you motor around the hilly city, which overlooks the Otago Peninsula. Pass by Baldwin Street, considered the world’s steepest street, and get a glimpse of the harbour. View the University of Otago, the neoclassical Dunedin Town Hall and Renaissance Revival–style Dunedin Railway Station as well as opulent banks, theatres and 19th-century edifices.

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 Dunedin’s wealthy merchant families.  Built in a Jacobean style, Olveston is decorated with original fine art and furniture collected by the home’s wealthy owners. Stroll past century-old trees and manicured lawns to the gardens.

Re-join 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
  • Entrance fee and guided tour of Olveston House
  • Worry-free Shore Excursion Guarantee
  • Port pickup and drop-off


  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities (optional)

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 10.00am or later, this does not preclude you from booking this tour option. The timetable will simply be altered to align with the cruise ships arrival time

Departure point

Dunedin Port

Departure time 10am

Duration – 4 hours + Optional free time in Dunedin (shuttle to port additional)

Return details – Returns to original departure point at approximately 2:00pm

Meeting Instructions –  Port Chalmers Dunedin

Your Cruise Ship will come into Port Chalmers. Once you disembark, all passengers must make their way to the private hire area in the cruise ship pavilion which is well sign posted. Please wait for a “Good Company Tours” representative, they will direct you to the “Good Company” buses which will be departing from outside the Visitor Centre.  Please get there around 9:45am for a 10:00am departure.

Activity type : Daily Activity
Activity Time : 10:00am
Duration : 4hrs + Optional Free Time, if required
Maximum number of people : 50
Venue Facilities : Air Conditioned Coach, Fully Guided Tour, Admission to Olveston House
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For your convenience, you will not be charged until the day of your tour and if your ship cancels the port visit you will not be charged at all. How good is that!

Multiple Booking Discount

Book tours in more than one port and receive a 10% discount on all subsequent bookings –  Discounts applied at time of tour confirmations.

Please note:

Tour start/finish times are general and we may adjust these times to suite your cruise ship schedule. We guarantee your return to ship on time!

Client Reviews

  • Tour was great, the guide was great, and Olveston House was terrific. We're so glad that we booked this excursion!
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  • We had an excellent tour guide who has lived in Dunedin for years. We also enjoyed a semi- privated tour of the Olveston House. For the value, you get a magnificent tour and with the complimentary pick up and drop off at the Port you save on having to pay for the cruise ships shuttle service into the city, which is quite expensive!!
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  • This tour was above expectations. Olveston House is not like a lot of other heritage building tours. The building itself and the story behind it is fascinating. The people who work there are so passionate about their building and their city. It is a very friendly, interesting place to visit. The pickup was prompt and hassle free. The tour bus driver was friendly and had a wealth of local knowledge. We booked this tour for a land day while cruising and it ended up being just a small group tour, so it was almost like having your own chauffeur driven tour at a fraction of the price for similar tours that we could have chosen. I would recommend this tour and this company to all other travelers.
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  • The best tour ,value for money, and shows how beautiful Dunedin is . Our driver was super and told us so much,highly recommend this tour is for everyone thank you
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    We had only 6 people (I think) on the tour of Olveston House. A wonderful experience, especially as being a small group. Others arrived and were rushed through all the rooms. Our driver allowed us plenty of time to see everything. Our driver then took us for an extensive drive around Dunedin. Beautiful place.
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  • "A Good Option"
    We wanted to see Dunedin yet have some free time to look around the city and do some shopping. This tour was great, had a fully guided tour of Olveston House and then had free time to ourselves in the city. In the afternoon did the fully city sightseeing tour which was very informative and extremely interesting. It was the perfect option for us.
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