A guided coastal walk is one of the best ways to experience the most scenic areas of the Otago Peninsula. Look forward to panoramic seaside views, rolling sand dunes and a walk along a beautiful beach where rare wildlife can often be experienced. Make the most of your shore excursion in Dunedin, the oldest city in New Zealand, which boasts impressive natural beauty, rare wildlife and a rich history
Departure Time8:45am inside Port Chalmers or from all centrally located accommodation. Departure times can vary depending on the arrival/departure times of visiting cruise ships and will be confirmed during the booking process. If you have any concerns please contact us
Return Time12:45pm inside Port Chalmers
Group SizeMaximum 15 tour participants
PriceAdult: $99.00 NZD
Child (4-15 yrs): $55.00 NZD
What to BringOn fine days shorts or light trousers and everyday shirts are fine however we advise that you come prepared in case there is a ‘southerly change’. To do this, wear three layers on top and bring a waterproof jacket. Wear shorts or light trousers (avoid denim and cotton) and good footwear. Feel free to bring a small backpack with snacks and a water bottle
Important InfoThis tour requires a reasonable standard of fitness
Remote Reserve & Lover’s Leap
Before your legs get a workout, we’ll travel along the stunning coastal road from Dunedin to the scenic Sandymount Recreation reserve located in the remote hills of the Otago Peninsula.
The journey by foot begins as you cross farmland dominated by windswept trees toward a lookout point overlooking ‘Lovers Leap.’ This scenic phenomenon inaugurates a view of a natural rock bridge crossing, washed out by the sea thousands of years ago. Lover's Leap connects the rugged coastal cliffs with a spectacular hanging valley.
Beach Hut Break
The walking tour continues out through a remnant patch of native bush, before descending the largest sand dune in the Otago region to our privately owned beach hut.
Tea and Cadbury’s chocolate offer refreshment in our private hut situated on a picturesque beach. Stunning views and rewarding encounters with rare wildlife like New Zealand fur seals and sea lions, and sometimes the majestic Yellow-Eyed Penguin can be experienced.
Walk along a beautiful beach and learn about New Zealand conservation techniques employed to protect these rare native species. Huge basalt rock formations shaped by fierce waves and a dynamic dune environment make the final part of your guided Dunedin walk spectacular.
High Road Return
Returning to your minibus, relax and enjoy the magnificent views from the ‘high road’ as we make our way back towards the city, and then skirt the Harbourside road back to Port Chalmers.
Meerburd: Excellent city tour and wildlife viewing. Mark was our very knowledgeable guide and we learned a lot about Dunedin...
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