Port Chalmers Dunedin New Zealand - Exclusive excursion for Cruise Ship Passengers

Cruise Ship wildlife tour

Exclusive small group scenic and wildlife excursion (Availability 1 October - 30 April).

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Exclusive small group excursion + Albatross Centre.
(Availability 24 November - 30 April.)

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(Exclusive full day shore excursion - Only for passengers arriving by cruiseshipForward bookings essential.

Port Chalmers - Dunedin - New Zealand

This exclusive single day shore excursion presents DUNEDIN, New Zealand’s most beautiful city, and the grandeur of the Otago Peninsula with its unique wildlife and spectacular scenery. This tour departs from Port Chalmers at 9.30am and is restricted to a maximum of eighteen persons in two guided groups of nine persons. Our exclusive private penguin conservation area allows you to go where others have no access, to appreciate the animals, the solitude and the beautiful coastline.

Internet only Rates: $192 NZD pp (standard) and $244 NZD pp (to include a Royal Albatross tour), this exclusive wildlife experience includes ship pickup/drop-off, picnic lunch, access into our private conservation reserve and all guiding throughout the day. 
NOTE: Requests for exclusive private groups (one to four persons) can be quoted and organised by email.

Itinerary from Port Chalmers

Departure from the private tour assembly area, Port Chalmers at 9.30am to guide you on a memorable full day tour of the rugged Otago Peninsula, soaking in its scenery and seeing the unique wildlife up close. During our tour those who have chosen the standard tour option have the opportunity to watch Royal Albatross soaring majestically above Taiaroa headland at the tip of the Otago peninsula while those who have selected the Albatross option leave the group for one hour to view the Albatross nesting area. Following the Taiaroa head visit we enjoy a light lunch somewhere enroute, then following lunch, we prepare for the days highlight, a visit to Elm Wildlife Tours private conservation area. Here we observe up close the hyper activity in a New Zealand fur seal rookery, males fighting, pups playing and females trying to get some rest. On an adjacent sandy beach in a lovely bay our next close encounter meets and observes two of the world’s rarest creatures, Hooker Sea lions resting, and Yellow-eyed penguins with young in their nesting area. Yellow Eyed Penguins and their young are usually very active throughout most of the cruise ship season; however there are periods after their chicks fledge when very few are seen. You will also see the 'Little penguin’; the world’s smallest, resting in their nest burrows. The return journey includes views of Dunedin city and a visit to Baldwin Street, (the world’s steepest street) before returning to your ship 45 to 60 minutes before sailing.   
NOTE:  Generally cruise ship shore time does not coincide with animal’s daily routines for the best viewing; however fur seal and penguin breeding during the period November to February ensures good viewing through this period as the animals are ashore during the day, but is very limited from March during the penguin's annual moult. The great panoramic vistas are always present.

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Average duration

 7 hours 


Standard tour            1 October – 30 April  (Not available 25 and 31 December)

Standard+Albatross    24 November – 30 April  (Not available 25 and 31 December)

Child policy

This tour duration is approximately seven hours, which does not suit all children. Also, as this is an exclusive tour with a limited number of seats are available we are unable to provide a preferred child rate for this tour.  All participants pay the online rate  (due to the terrain the tour is not suitable for pushchairs/strollers etc)

Cancellation policy

  • Less than two weeks - no refund.
  • Once the tour has commenced - no refund with the exception of any prepaid optional activities not available
  • NO CHARGE made if your ship is unable to dock.