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New Zealand Nature Tours & Activities

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DUNEDIN CRUISE SHIP DAY EXCURSIONS FOR NATURE LOVERS

BACK TO SHIP GUARANTEE


Exploring New Zealand by cruise ship? Do so worry-free with our guarantee to get you back to your ship on time. And if your ship is unable to berth because of weather or mechanical issues, we’ll fully refund you promptly. Relax your mind and join us!

COMMITMENT TO CONSERVATION


We are a local, environmentally friendly tourism operator committed to providing high-quality, sustainable wildlife tours that educate and inspire. Our team donates a minimum of 100 hours each year to conservation efforts including the Sinclair Wetlands and various Department of Conservation projects.

PROFESSIONAL GUIDES


With nearly 20 years in operation, we are deeply connected with the New Zealand landscape, history, culture and wildlife. Our knowledgable guides are trained to a high standard and have all the attributes that come with experience. We promise to be professional yet personal to help you enjoy the best of our country. We won’t skimp on giving you a guide with great character, expertise and leadership.

DUNEDIN CRUISE SHIP SHORE EXCURSIONS

Back to Nature Tours provides the best professional cruise ship shore excursions and Dunedin day tours to introduce you to New Zealand’s first city. We also offer unique bespoke tours tailor-made for your group and specialise in private and small-group tours led by enthusiastic and experienced guides, helping you fully experience our city that is blessed with wildlife, scenery and a fascinating history.

Back to Nature Tours is locally owned and based in Dunedin, New Zealand. Our tours focus on the beautiful biodiversity of New Zealand, peppered with local interest. Our Dunedin wildlife tours give you the chance to experience our rare wildlife up close — huge sea lions, wide-wing albatrosses and the famous yellow-eyed penguins. Breathe in the history of many Dunedin attractions such as the Larnach Castle and the Historic Dunedin Railway Station.

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Great tour. Highly recommend.

This was a small group. We made many stops for picture opportunities. We had a very informative guide and we were lucky enough to see wildlife. He dropped us off in the city at our request so we could enjoy our few hours we had left before boarding our ship.

– Mutti1171 | TripAdvisor
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Soaring South Island Scenery

Special kudos to our guide Ben who not only hit all the highlighted spots despite a 90 minute delay; but also provided us with facts, stories and insights throughout the day. It was arguably the best of our 8 shore excursions throughout NZ.

– Polyphemus | TripAdvisor
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Fantastic!

Our guide Mel was very knowledgeable and humourous. I loved watching the sea lions and penguins. Lanarch Castle the view was breathtaking and the history of the castle was great. The weather could have been better but the visit was a worthwhile experience.

– Alicia R. | TripAdvisor
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Yellow-Eyed Penguins

The tour is a good combination of civilisation - sightseeing in Dunedin and Larnarch Castle - and nature - sea lions, seals, yellow-eyed penguins.

– Petaswan | TripAdvisor
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Amazing Day In Dunedin!

Our day with James was amazing! He was knowledgeable about Dunedin, the indigenous culture and all the wildlife in the area. Great sense of humor, customized the tour for the 8 of us and we couldn’t have had a better day!

– Teri F. | TripAdvisor