• Location: Dunedin, New Zealand
  • Duration: Flexible
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Make the most of your time at port in Dunedin with one of these customizable Dunedin shore excursions. Get your bearings at your own pace with a Hop-on, Hop-off bus tour, or choose between outings to Larnach Castle and Gardens and the magnificent Taieri Gorge Railway. If desired, the shore excursions can be combined with some of Dunedin’s top sites, including Cadbury World Dunedin, Speight’s Brewery, or the Olveston Historic Home. All shore excursions include pickup and drop-off at Port Chalmers.


  • Recorded commentary by audio headphones
  • Flexibility to customize your itinerary to your own preferences

  • Rail tour

What You Can Expect

Full-Day Ships Shore Excursions from Dunedin

The Taieri railway

Customer Reviews


5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

Totally enjoyed this trip. The train station is beautiful! The train ride was fun.

Yves B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

We took an old time train up Taieri River gorge. It was very scenic and we really enjoyed it.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

Loved Dunedin


5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

Tour of Larnach castle was interesting but the history lesson of the area was the real highlight. The guide was excellent and the transportation arrangements were good. Cadbury tour was also a good choice. The same guide took us on the hop on and that worked out perfectly. All in all a very good choice. Enough time for a bit of shopping and a bite to eat if your hungry as well.

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

The captain of the excursion boat was informative and went out of his way to allow the passengers to see dolphins and seals.

Janine M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

Our driver, Ralph, was amazing! We started off bad by missing the bus... literally. Then we made a further error by getting off the bus when we were not supposed to... even with our errors, Head First Travel was amazing accomodating us and made sure we were able to attend all events. We loved the drive to the castle, which was beautiful, as well as the gardens. We also enjoyed the home and gardens at Olveston. A terrific day with terrific guides. Thank you!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

Great trip, everything was really organised once you got of the ship. Train ride was great, a fantastic way to see the beautiful country.
Hop on hop of bus was really good and gave a great narrative tour.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

Dunedin is a beautiful place. It was a stop on our cruise and glad we took the excursion. Loved every minute of it. The downtown Octagon area offers lots of eateries and shopping. If you enjoy chocolate, don't miss the Cadbury experience. YUM. Samples too.

Michelle F

4 star rating: Recommended March 2018

This tour started off on a bad foot as our cruise arrived late into port our initial train did not wait for us and the tour operators were non apologetic to our circumstances which were out of our control. However, the situation was fixed by busing us to the halfway point of the train journey to catch its return. This turned out to be a bonus as we saw the Dunedin Plateau scenery as well as the Gorge on the trains return. One tip we would give is once on aboard the train buy your food early as they seemed to sell out very quickly. The city sights tour was excellent and the bus driver was great and did not hurry us at any stops.

Samantha H

4 star rating: Recommended March 2018

This tour was amazing!

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