Cruiseship Excursions: City Sights

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Iconic Tours offer small group tours of Dunedin specifically for cruise ship visitors

We will take you away from the crowds so you can enjoy a more personal and relaxing tour experience. Our friendly and informative local guides will look after you like family and make sure you get the most out of your stop in Dunedin.

*start times for tours can be adjusted to suit cruise ship docking times
*our tours are all available to book online: click the 'booknow' button

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Half Day City Sights Tour

Start from ship at Port Chalmers wharf, travel along the harbour road to the city to enjoy spectacular sightseeing opportunities throughout Dunedin. This half-day tour usually starts at 9:00 am from the ship's wharf and includes photo stops and visits to Dunedin City's main attractions.


Choose any or all of the above optional tours to take during the afternoon. We will book tickets for you in advance and our driver will make sure you get dropped off to the door and picked up at the end of your tour. Complimentary return to ship at the end of the day.


  • Tour of the University of Otago, New Zealand's first university.
  • Baldwin Street, the World's steepest street! Walk up or we may drive you to the top.
  • Signal Hill lookout for a grand view of Dunedin city and harbour and Otago Peninsula.
  • See Dunedin's renowned Botanical Gardens and tour the town belt with commentary on the historic mansions and early settlers.
  • Visit Dunedin's Railway Station, built in the style of Flemish Renaissance.
  • View the magnificent buildings of the Octagon (city centre) and raise a glass to Robbie Burns.
  • Tour Dunedin's historic precinct with old banks and hotels of significant Victorian heritage.
  • Tour will return you to the ship's wharf at Port Chalmers by 1:00 pm.
  • Or choose one or more of our fantastic city attractions to tour with us during the afternoon.


Tour Duration: 4 hours (plus extra time if booking additional attractions)

Start Times:     09:00  from ship's wharf, Port Chalmers, Dunedin

Tour Price:       NZ$ 65 per adult   |   NZ$ 45 per child   |   Family: 2nd child goes free

* Prices include return transport to and from ship's wharf.
* Chilled water & light refreshments included. 

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Larnach Castle | Peninsula & City Tour

A full-day, small group tour (max 10 people) taking in many of Dunedin's iconic buildings, landmarks and scenic lookouts. Included is a fully guided tour of New Zealand's infamous Castle built over a century ago by William Larnach high up on the hills of the Otago Peninsula.


  • Begin with day with a city sights tour visiting Baldwin Street. Time to have a walk on this world record breaking street and marvel at the houses and people who live on it's steep gradient.
  • Visit the University of Otago to view the neo-gothic clock tower building, we will visit Dunedin's Octagon (city centre) for a spot of shopping, then go inside Dunedin's Grand Railway Station for a look at the wonderfully restored Flemish renaissance interior.
  • We then head off to the Otago Peninsula via Saint Clair Beach to spot keen surfers and take in the vibe of the Esplanade.
  • Experience breath-taking views along the Otago Peninsula high road with photo stops as we travel on-route to Larnach Castle.
  • We book a table for lunch at the Castle's Ballroom Cafe, just for our tour group. Lunch is own cost, choose from a la carte to cafe style menu along with a variety of wine and beer selections
  • After lunch our guide will escort you throughout the entire castle, from the gun room below to the views from the turret and all the marvels in between. Rest assured your tour of the castle will be memorable and informative with many original artifacts on show. Enjoy our personal attention to detail as we explore the Larnach family’s legacy and tell of their amazing story.
  • The Castle's spectacular garden is one of national significance and there will be an opportunity to explore after the tour of the Castle.
  • Our tours are small group which really separates us from the rest. This also provides a more relaxing time frame with which to enjoy your time at Larnach Castle, one of New Zealand's most significant historic homes.


Tour Duration: 7 hours (Port Return)

Start Times:     Morning 09:00   |   Arrive back to ship 16:00

Tour Price:       NZ$ 145 per adult   |   NZ$ 75 per child

* Includes entry fees to the Castle and grounds.
* Light refreshments & chilled bottled water complimentary.
* Meals & other refreshments: own cost.


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Historic Train with Wine & Cheese + Citysights

Starting from the ship at Port Chalmers, we travel along the harbour road to Dunedin city for an informative introduction to the day. We then transport you to Dunedin's grand Railway Station where you will board the famous Taieri Gorge Train. After the train journey we continue with a City Sights Tour or choose an optional city based attraction to enjoy before we head back to the ship.


  • Disembark the ship early to make a 8.45am departure from ship's wharf at Port Chalmers.
  • We drive along the harbour road to the city centre and arrive at Dunedin's Grand Railway Station. Time for a brief look around as we acquire your pre-booked tickets and show you to your carriage.
  • Travel along the historic railway built during the Otago gold rush period to Pukerangi Station or Middlemarch.
  • Wonderful scenery can be viewed along the way as you travel through the iconic landscapes of Central Otago.
  • The heritage train features traditional carriages with many original fittings including open air balconies at each end.
  • Giant viaducts and historic bridges can be viewed in detail as the train stops at certain points of interest. 
  • Iconic Tours provide a complimentary cheese board and bottle of NZ bubbly to enjoy on board the train.
  • The train also has a cafe/dining carriage for extra food and refreshments on the trip.
  • Iconic Cruise Tour 3 also includes Dunedin city sights in the afternoon and return transport back to the ship's wharf. 


Tour Duration: 7 - 8 hours (Port Return)

Start Times:     Morning 08:30   |   Arrive back to ship 16:30

Tour Price:       NZ$ 245 per adult   |   NZ$ 75 per child

* Train Tickets, Cheese Board & NZ Bubbly are all included in the price.
* Light refreshments & chilled bottled water complimentary.
* Meals & other refreshments: own cost.

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Silver Fern Train, Moeraki Boulders & Dunedin Citysights

Full day city sights tour including a ride on the Silver Fern Rail Car along the spectacular Dunedin coastline to visit the famous Moeraki Boulders.


  • Your tour starts from the ship's wharf in Port Chalmers. We will show you Dunedin's top city sights including Baldwin Street and Signal Hill Lookout before arriving at Dunedin Railway Station to board the Silver Fern Train.
  • Silver Fern Train You will enjoy spectacular coastal views of the Otago Harbour and northern coastline on board the Silver Fern Train journey to Waitati. Our guide will help find your seats and arrange for your complimentary drinks and cheeseboard to have on the train. 
  • Moeraki Boulders After disembarking the train at Waitati, you will find our guide waiting for you with the vehicle to drive further along the scenic coastal route to the Moeraki Boulders, stopping at some amazing lookouts along the way. Here there is time to have lunch (own cost) at a local cafe/restaurant. After lunch we take you for a guided walk on the beach to view the boulders. These large prehistoric rocks are scattered amongst the breaking waves on the beach, perfectly round and large enough to squash a small car. We are able to walk right up to them (no more than 5 minutes walk from the cafe) for a close look. Learn about their geological make up, and cultural significance for Maori.
    *Please note there are 7 or 8 steps at the end of the pathway to access the beach.
    *wheelchair access may be possible for this tour, please inquire.
  • Dunedin City after our visit to Moeraki we take the main highway back to Dunedin to embark on an indepth city sights tour. Here you will have a chance to explore the Octagon (city centre), we will show you the beautiful architecture of the First Church and other heritage buildings including Olveston Homestead (free garden visit), and if time permits we will visit Cadbury World shop and the University of Otago before heading back to your cruise ship.
    *we always arrive back at the ship's wharf at least 1 hour prior to ship's departure


Tour Duration: 7 - 8 hours (Port Return)

Start Times:     Morning 09:00   |   Arrive back to ship 16:30
*can adjust to ship's schedule

Tour Price:       NZ$ 245 per adult   |   NZ$ 75 per child   |   includes train tickets

* Light refreshments & chilled bottled water provided.
* Meals & other refreshments: own cost.


We also have wildlife tours available to book (click here to view)

Call free in NZ on 0800 840 729 or from outside NZ call +64 3 471 2331.