Cruiseship Excursions: City Sights

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Iconic Tours offer the following great cruise ship excursions focusing on tours of Dunedin City

*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: 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.

Please email us for more information.

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Olveston Homestead & Dunedin Citysights

Full city sights tour with the additional guided tour of historic Olveston Homestead.
Additional Options: Prefer chocolate or beer? Choose Cadbury's Chocolate Factory or the Speights Brewery Tour instead...


  • This tour takes in Dunedin's main city sights including Baldwin Street, the Railway Station and Octagon, as well as visiting parts of the Otago Harbour and city beaches. The Olveston Tour is included in the price. *Alternative tours of Cadburys or Speights can be substituted at no extra cost.
  • Olveston Homestead is described as "an eloquent expression of one man's dream". David Theoman built Olveston for his young family in 1904, a time when Dunedin was brimming with economic prosperity as a major trade hub along the Southern seas.
  • Cadbury World sample the product on this fascinating guided tour around the chocolate factory. Obtain access to a special discount Cadbury Chocolate Store on site! There is also a wide range of merchandise including clothing, hats, bags, toys and novelty items.
  • Speights Brewery a unique opportunity to sample our local beer "Speights" with a fully guided tour of the working brewery plus tasting session at the end. Speights has been brewing its fine ale in Dunedin for well over 100 years which today is fast becoming NZ's favourite drop.


Tour Duration: 6 hours (Port Return)

Start Times:     Morning 09:00   |   Arrive back to ship 15:00

Tour Price:       NZ$ 125 per adult   |   NZ$ 65 per child   |   Includes entry to Olveston

Entry Fees to either Cadbury World or Speights Brewery are not included; for each additional attraction add NZ$ 25 per adult / NZ$ 10 per child.

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

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