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Dunedin: Speight's Brewery Guided Tour with Tasting

1. Dunedin: Speight's Brewery Guided Tour with Tasting

Enjoy over 144 years of brewing history as a guide takes you through an interactive brewery tour. Learn about the history of this Dunedin icon as you explore the brewery from top to bottom with your friendly guide. Along the way, you will learn about all the ingredients that go into their award-winning beers. You'll also hear about the state-of-the-art brewing process used today. The tour ends with a tasting, where you'll get to enjoy samples of the beer as your knowledgeable guides talk you through the different styles and flavors in the range.

Dunedin: Larnach Castle and Gardens Admission Ticket

2. Dunedin: Larnach Castle and Gardens Admission Ticket

Discover New Zealand’s only castle and learn the fascinating story behind it. With admission to Larnach Castle and gardens, you’ll find beautiful antiques, manicured gardens, and gorgeous views across the Otago Peninsula. Step back into the 1960s on a historic property. The castle is surrounded by seven acres of maintained gardens, rated by the New Zealand Gardens Trust as a Garden of International Significance. This unique collection of specialized gardens includes the Patterned Garden, the Lost Rock Garden, the Serpentine Walk, the Rain Forest, the South Seas Garden, the Alice Lawn, and the Laburnum Arch and Green Room. Learn about the castle's history through the written and audio guides available in multiple languages. Marvel at the spectacular views of the surrounding greenery and native plants from the towers. At the end of your exploring, you can enjoy some delicious food and beverages in the Ballroom Cafe. Larnach Castle is a must-visit attraction in Dunedin.

Dunedin: City Highlights and Otago Peninsula Scenery

3. Dunedin: City Highlights and Otago Peninsula Scenery

Meet your tour guide at 9 AM at Port Chalmers, from where you will enjoy a 20-minute scenic drive with photo stops to Dunedin City. Make the first stop at the world’s steepest street, and spend about 10 minutes grasping this extreme location. From there, head to Signal Hill's lookout point, which offers a gorgeous panorama of Dunedin and the surrounding area. Then, take a short guided stroll at the upper botanic garden to view a variety of plants, as well as native New Zealand birds. Drive through one of the oldest cemeteries of Dunedin where the William Larnach family and Thomas Bracken are buried, as you hear all about their fame. Later on, stop at the oldest New Zealand’s University, Otago University. Drive through the main shopping street, George Street and Octagon, which comprises the heart of the city. Next up, stop to view one of the finest churches, the First Church of Otago before you visit the stunning Dunedin Railway Station and hear all about how busy it used to be. Following the city sightseeing, sit back to enjoy the most breathtaking scenery of the Otago Peninsula via Highcliff Road with some great photo stops. After a 1-hour scenic drive, stop at the end of the Peninsula, the Royal Albatross Centre, and enjoy some free time to grab some snacks and drinks at the lovely cafe. You can also explore outdoors, walk down to the beach to spot seals on rocks or in water, view royal albatross gliding if it is windy enough, and enjoy the ocean and lighthouse views. Following a break on the Otago Peninsula, drive via a low road to enjoy some different scenery along the harbor. Later on, return to Port Chalmers or choose to stay in the city for some shopping before making your own way back to the port. Alternatively, upgrade your tour to include a 1-hour wildlife cruise so you can learn more as you view Otago Peninsula's unique marine wildlife.

Dunedin Self-Guided Audio Tour

4. Dunedin Self-Guided Audio Tour

Download a vibrant MP3 self-guided audio tour combined with a fully detailed map of the area of your tour. Enjoy the culturally rich history in the city of Dunedin, where it was first discovered by Scottish pioneers. This city is very much like Scotland’s capital of Edinburgh and boasts many historical buildings and some of the steepest streets in New Zealand and is home to the steepest street in the world. In this audio tour, you’ll see stunning cathedrals like St Paul's Anglican Cathedral and you will be able to relax in the tranquil Chinese Garden and witness the magnificent Flemish-style Old Railway Station, which is New Zealand's most photographed building. You will also see the city's famous Octagon, the First Church of Otago, the Law Courts, the Otago Settler's Museum, and the Speights Brewery. Optional additions include St Josephs Cathedral, St Dominic's Priory and the Fortune Theatre if you have time. Your tour. Your way.

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What people are saying about Dunedin

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This was a family trip to Dunedin for the day with our 2 girls. Everyone enjoyed the tour & found it really interesting. Was great to taste test different products we hadn't tried before & be able to purchase these on site... Would really recommend!

Something very different. Perhaps gift shop is a bit expensive though…. Tour well run and interesting, beer tasting was great! Tried some beers we don’t get out in the bottle shops and didn’t know existed from up here in the North Island

Worth hiring the audio player which gives the history of the Castle and explains each room, includes photos and videos.

A great day out , and our tour driver and guide , Asta was brilliant, thanks .

The scenery and the castle are so beautiful. The food is also good.