Dunedin Cruises

Dunedin is the second-largest city in the South of New Zealand and the principal of the region of Otago. In 1865 it became one of the largest cities for the influx of new settlers from Ireland, Italy, France, Germany and China due to the discovery of Gold. Sites not to be missed are the outstanding Dunedin Railway Station and a ride on the world famous Taieri Gorge Train.

Excursions

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

  • Natures Wonders Reserve

    Head to the tip of the Otago Peninsula to visit the Natures Wonders Reserve.

    Natures Wonders Reserve

    Setting off from the pier, you’ll enjoy a scenic drive to Taiaroa Head at the tip of the Otago Peninsula. A visit will be made to Nature’s Wonders; a self-funded conservation reserve, dedicated to protecting its precious wildlife habitat.

    Your visit will be by coach, switching over to eight-wheeled Argo vehicle for an off-road experience. A stop will be made at Penguin Beach, which is home to the Yellow-eyed Penguin. At various viewing points, keep an eye out, and you may be lucky enough to see them, as well as Little Blue Penguins, Fur Seals, Sea lions and Cormorants.

    During your visit, a tea or coffee will be offered, before the return drive to the pier.

    ACTIVITY EXCURSIONS
    You and all those in your party should be aware that, in undertaking activity excursions, you will be involved in a degree of physical exertion and/or activity such as hiking, biking, snorkelling, kayaking, diving etc. By booking the excursion you confirm that you and all those in your party are in good physical and mental condition, with no history of conditions such as seizures, dizziness, fainting, heart condition, respiratory problems or back/neck problems (by way of example only). You should also ensure that no one in your party is taking medicine that carries a warning about impairment of physical or mental abilities. If you are pregnant this type of excursion may not be appropriate for you. It is your responsibility to ensure that you are fit and well enough to take part in the activities booked and you are reminded to take care for your own safety. Because of the risks associated with activity excursions, you may be asked by the excursion provider to sign a document which may affect or limit the excursion provider’s liability. Comfortable flat walking shoes are recommended.

    LIABILITY
    Cunard will arrange for the excursions to be performed by the relevant excursion provider. Cunard does not provide or supply the excursion services. Cunard will exercise reasonable care and skill in the selection of the excursion provider, but will not in any circumstances have a greater liability than the excursion supplier and Cunard shall not be responsible for the negligent acts/omissions of the excursion supplier. Please note that in relation to all excursions Cunard is not responsible or liable for any loss, damage, or injury sustained by you unless such loss, damage or injury arises out of a breach of legal duty of Cunard.

    TRAVEL INSURANCE
    Before booking any activity excursions it is essential that you ensure your travel insurance extends to cover the specified activity. It is your responsibility to obtain adequate insurance.

    This excursion will operate by coach, Argo and on foot. This tour is not suitable for those with injuries or conditions, which may be affected by the bumpy ride. Pregnant women and children under eight may not participate. There is a weight limit of 18 stone on this tour. This tour involves some walking over gravel paths. Flat, comfortable shoes are recommended. Limited pairs of binoculars are available at the viewing points, and may have to be shared, however you may wish to take your own.

    Tour code

    DUD_007

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    Duration

    4½ hours

  • Bonnie Dunedin

    Explore Dunedin's Scottish roots and enjoy a wee taste of Scotland, New Zealand style.

    Bonnie Dunedin

    Take a fascinating journey through history and discover the origin of this intriguing city. Discover how early settlers from Scotland and China struck gold and why the city grew so quickly. The city’s Scottish roots are steeped in the Celtic name itself as Dunedin translates to Edinburgh.

    Dunedin’s First Church is an example of Gothic-style architecture complete with a 185-foot spire. Thomas Burns, the first pastor of this church, was the nephew of Robert Burns, the ‘Scottish Poet Laureate’.

    Your next stop will be at the popular woodland gardens of Glenfalloch (hidden glen), situated in a coastal valley overlooking Otago Harbour. The gardens feature original plantings of European trees from 1872 including Azaleas and Rhododendrons and many unique hybrids. Enjoy some traditional highland dancing on the green, followed by refreshments of tea, coffee, scones or muffins. An entertaining Haggis ceremony will be performed and each participant will receive a certificate commemorating their visit and a special souvenir with a Scottish flavour.

    A brief stop will be made at the Robert Burns statue, which sits proudly atop the Octagon. Erected in 1887, this Dunedin landmark stands in a prominent position in front of St Paul’s Cathedral in the heart of the city.


    This excursion will operate by coach. There is approximately one hour of walking in total spread over the various stops. There are some sloping paths at the Glenfalloch Gardens.

    Tour code

    DUD_005

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    4½ hours

  • Otago Peninsula Kayaking

    Discover the beauty of the Otago Peninsula on a kayaking adventure!

    Otago Peninsula Kayaking

    From Port Chalmers, you’ll take a drive along the eastern shores of the Otago Harbour to Dunedin city. Turning to the western shoreline, you’ll head along the Otago Peninsula towards the small settlement of Portobello.

    After a safety briefing, step aboard your two-man kayak and set off along the picturesque and rugged coastline. Along the way, keep an eye out for marine life such as New Zealand fur seals and bird life such as the Royal Albatross and cormorants.

    A stop will be made en route at the beach, where you can step ashore, stretch your legs and enjoy some light refreshments. It’s then time to head back along coastline, and once back on dry land take the return drive to Port Chalmers.

    ACTIVITY EXCURSIONS
    You and all those in your party should be aware that, in undertaking activity excursions, you will be involved in a degree of physical exertion and/or activity such as hiking, biking, snorkelling, kayaking, diving etc. By booking the excursion you confirm that you and all those in your party are in good physical and mental condition, with no history of conditions such as seizures, dizziness, fainting, heart condition, respiratory problems or back/neck problems (by way of example only). You should also ensure that no one in your party is taking medicine that carries a warning about impairment of physical or mental abilities. If you are pregnant this type of excursion may not be appropriate for you. It is your responsibility to ensure that you are fit and well enough to take part in the activities booked and you are reminded to take care for your own safety. Because of the risks associated with activity excursions, you may be asked by the excursion provider to sign a document which may affect or limit the excursion provider’s liability. Comfortable flat walking shoes are recommended.

    BEACH/WATER RELATED EXCURSIONS
    For any excursion involving water, guests are reminded to exercise particular care. Alcohol and eating a full meal should be avoided before swimming. If buoyancy aids are provided for an activity they must be worn at all times. You should bear in mind that the sea is unpredictable. Lifeguards are unlikely to be present and there may not be a flag system to indicate whether or not it is safe to go in the water. In addition, beach activities may not be supervised or accompanied and so you should take care to satisfy yourself as to the safety of the beach and/or the sea at the time of your excursion. Please exercise caution when entering the sea as the seabed and aquatic environment is capable of springing surprises and we have not inspected the beach or seabed for its safety. Children must be supervised by you at all times near water. All activities on the beach, water and in the sea are undertaken at your own risk. You’ll need to take swimwear, a towel, sunscreen and flat shoes that can be worn in the water.

    LIABILITY
    Cunard will arrange for the excursions to be performed by the relevant excursion provider. Cunard does not provide or supply the excursion services. Cunard will exercise reasonable care and skill in the selection of the excursion provider, but will not in any circumstances have a greater liability than the excursion supplier and Cunard shall not be responsible for the negligent acts/omissions of the excursion supplier. Please note that in relation to all excursions Cunard is not responsible or liable for any loss, damage, or injury sustained by you unless such loss, damage or injury arises out of a breach of legal duty of Cunard.

    TRAVEL INSURANCE
    Before booking any activity excursions it is essential that you ensure your travel insurance extends to cover the specified activity. It is your responsibility to obtain adequate insurance.

    This excursion will operate by minibus and kayak. Participants should be competent swimmers and physically fit. There is a weight restriction of 17 stone. Children under ten may not participate. The drive to the Otago Peninsula is around one hour each way. The kayaking will take approximately one hour. Please wear swimwear under clothes or a change of clothing, a hat, sunglasses, towel and sunscreen. Water shoes are recommended, however you may be requested to remove shoes whilst in the kayak. You’ll be required to wear a life jacket. This tour is weather dependent and the kayaking area may be substituted with an alternative.

    Tour code

    DUD_008

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    Duration

    4 hours

  • Taieri Gorge Scenic Railway

    Enjoy this relaxing journey through stunning countryside on the award-winning Taieri Gorge Railway.

    Taieri Gorge Scenic Railway

    The Taieri Gorge train, Dunedin's prestigious and historic train, will make a special journey to the quayside to pick you up for this picturesque return ride to Pukerangi. It will take you through the rugged and spectacular Taieri River Gorge, across vast wrought iron viaducts and through tunnels carved by hand more than 100 years ago.

    A picnic-style snack box luncheon and complimentary beverages of local beer, wine, fruit juice, tea, coffee and mineral water will be served onboard as you listen to the informative commentary and watch the beautiful scenery pass by. There will be photograph stops at vantage points along the way to enable you to capture on camera some of the striking landscape.

    On the return journey, the train will stop at the picturesque Dunedin Railway Station before returning to the ship.

    This excursion will operate by train. Please be advised that the train is not air-conditioned and there are four steps to negotiate to embark and disembark the train.

    Tour code

    DUD_002

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    • Meal included

      Meal Included

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    • Family

      Especially suitable for families

    Duration

    5½ hours

  • Wildlife Discovery Cruise

    This relaxing cruise is the best way to view the magnificent Royal Albatross and other wildlife in their natural surroundings.

    Wildlife Discovery Cruise

    Cruise the Otago Harbour for a wonderful and unique opportunity to view the abundant marine wildlife of the area. Have your binoculars at the ready and look out for the local inhabitants - fur seals, penguins, nesting birds and dolphins are amongst some of the wildlife that may be sighted.

    It is then time for a rare chance to witness the largest seabird in the world. To sight a soaring Albatross is a truly awe inspiring experience. With a wingspan of up to 10 feet, this huge bird is capable of swooping at speeds of up to 90 mph. Take a closer look and see if you can spot the rare yellow-eyed penguin which resides in this protected area.

    Light refreshments of tea, coffee, fruit juice and biscuits will be served during your wildlife cruise.


    This excursion will operate by boat. There is a short walk along the pier to board the vessel. Guests will need to negotiate a steep ramp to get on and off the vessel.

    Tour code

    DUD_003

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    2 hours

  • Dunedin Highlights

    Combine a visit to the grand Olveston House and the scenic Botanical Gardens with a stop at the revered Dunedin Station.

    Dunedin Highlights

    Board your coach for a drive along the coast road to Olveston House. Built in the early 1900s for local businessman, David Theomin, the Jacobean style, grace and grandeur of Olveston is distinguished by a wealth of decorative detail. A walk around the grand mansion allows an intimate glimpse of the lifestyle of a privileged family in the early 1900s. It is filled with treasures collected from all over the world. The house was bequeathed to the city of Dunedin by Theomin' daughter in 1966.

    Leaving Olveston you will drive the short distance to New Zealand's oldest Botanical Gardens. Established in 1863, the charming Gardens span 72 acres and feature native and specialised plant collections including the famed Rhododendron Dell and Rose Garden.

    A panoramic drive will take you past Otago University, classic Dunedin buildings, Otago Harbour and nearby beach communities to the picturesque Dunedin Train Station, before returning to the ship.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There is approximately 30 minutes' walking at the Botanical Gardens which is at your own leisure. The terrain is mostly paved walkways.

    Tour code

    DUD_001

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    • Family

      Especially suitable for families

    Duration

    3½ hours