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In comparison to other similar tours offered by large cruise ship operators during shore excursions to Dunedin – Back To Nature Tours are a local company that is streets ahead when it comes to value for money.  This does not mean that quality is compromised – in fact, the opposite is true.  Back to Nature guides are highly knowledgeable and happy to go that extra mile to ensure customers enjoy and experience the ‘real’ New Zealand. They are also lawfully qualified drivers who pride themselves on their professionalism.

Unlike many generic tour operators, Back To Nature are able to offer visitors a variety of tours so that individual travellers are able choose a tour that best suits their needs.

In many instances, large cruise ship companies will regularly charge double the price for similar tours that do not include as many opportunities to see the stunning natural beauty or highlights that Dunedin has to offer. The Taieri Gorge Railway Tour is one such example.  While other companies on average charge nearly $400NZD (adult pass) for this day trip railway excursion, the Back To Nature price is $193 NZD(adult pass), whilst also including an opportunity to experience coastal Dunedin, a rare chance chance to take in the natural beauty of one of our many beaches before visitors are taken back to board the ship. This added extra is all inclusive in the one fee. While lunch is not provided on this tour, the train does have a well-stocked café car, or if guests wish a gourmet picnic lunch can be provided by Back To Nature for a small extra charge upon prior request.

While many tour companies offer generic ‘city tours’ for example, Back to nature is able to combine the city sites with visits to stunning local beaches and bays, so that visitors are able to view city highlights as well as get a taste of our beautiful natural habitat, flora and fauna.

a train is coming down the mountain

One popular tour that Back To Nature exclusively offers is the Royal Peninsula tour.  Priced at only $193NZD, this full day tour offers an experience visitors will remember long after they have sailed home.

Incorporating city highlights such as standing on the steepest residential street in the world – Baldwin Street (as recorded by the book of Guinness World Records), ambling around the beautiful Otago University grounds and stopping at the iconic architectural beauty of the historic Dunedin Railway Station – Royal Peninsula guests will also be taken out onto the stunningly beautiful Otago Peninsula. This unique part of New Zealand not only offers once in a lifetime panoramic photo opportunities, but also the chance to see the NZ native Yellow Eyed Penguin in it’s natural habitat, or the mighty Northern Royal Albatross stretching it’s magnificent 3 metre wingspan to soar in wind off the high coastal cliffs.  Included in this unique tour, guests will be able to break up the day with a visit to the 19th century opulence of Larnach Castle where they will have time to wander through the magnificent Larnach Gardens or grab a delicious bite to eat at the ballroom café.

On all tours offered by Back To Nature, specially trained guides will offer both historical and interesting facts about the country, region, sites, flora and fauna.  Guides are also happy to answer any questions visitors may have in regard to daily living and various aspects of the New Zealand way of life.

A moderate low to moderate level of fitness is required for any Back To Nature Tour, with perhaps a brief sand dune incline being the steepest thing to conquer during your visit! A friendly and helpful guide will always be on hand to offer assistance if need be.

Back to Nature also offers the usual guarantees and responsibilities undertaken by any other tour company. If any visitor has a special requirements, if they can email these in advance, one of the friendly Back To Nature team will get back to them as soon as possible to discuss.

If as a visitor to New Zealand, you are wanting a genuine, informative and natural experience of the stunning Dunedin area then you can find out more by visiting

If you choose to book with Back To Nature Tours during your visit to Dunedin, you are bound to have an unforgettable experience of New Zealand that will last a lifetime.

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