Day trip

Dunedin Shore Excursion: Albatross Centre & Penguin Colony

Dunedin Shore Excursion: Albatross Centre & Penguin Colony

From $146.12 per person

Visit two breeding colonies on this shore excursion. Start your journey with a sightseeing tour of Dunedin and the Otago Peninsula, and then visit the breeding sites of New Zealand's native Royal Albatross and Yellow-eyed Penguins.

About this activity

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Duration 7 hours
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Live tour guide
Wheelchair accessible


  • Observe a unique Royal Albatross breeding site
  • See Yellow-eyed Penguins along with other breeding colonies
  • Enjoy an entertaining sightseeing tour of Dunedin and Otago
Full description
This shore excursion is a must-do for nature and wildlife lovers. Starting from Port Chalmers, enjoy an informative and entertaining sightseeing tour of Dunedin and the Otago Peninsula. You will visit the Otago University, Botanical Gardens, historic buildings, neo-gothic church architecture and cathedrals, stately homes, and the world’s steepest street - with plenty of great photo opportunities. Afterwards, head to the Royal Albatross Center for a guided tour of the albatross breeding sites. Here, there will be some time for lunch (own expense) before your tour commences. This is a not-to-be-missed opportunity to visit the world’s only mainland breeding colony of the magnificent Royal Albatross. Witness unique social behavior and breath-taking three meter long wingspans soaring overhead. The next stop will be Nature Wonders for a fully guided tour of a Yellow-eyed Penguin breeding colony in a remote location. See these incredible birds and their nests along with Fur Seals and their pups, little blue penguins, and a breeding colony of cormorants. Finally return to your cruise ship with plenty of time before your ship's departure.
  • Port pickup and drop-off
  • Transport by air-conditioned vehicle
  • Driver/guide
  • Live commentary on board
  • Entrance fees for listed attractions
  • Worry-free shore excursion guarantee
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities (optional)

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Meeting point

All passengers must make their way to the 'Private Hire Assembly Point' area inside the cruise ship pavilion/port terminal which is well sign posted. Here a representative will be waiting for you and will direct you to the buses which will be departing from outside the port terminal. Please get there around 8:45am for a 9.00am departure.

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What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Warm clothing

Know before you go

  • At the time of booking, cruise ship passengers must provide the following information: ship name, docking time, disembarkation time and re-boarding time
  • Infants aged between 0-2 years of age are free of charge provided they do not require a seat
  • All tours are designed to meet the cruise ship's arrival and departure times, but if you are not returned to your ship prior to its departure, the operator guarantees to get you to the next port of call
  • Collapsible wheelchairs with removable wheels can be accommodated providing the passenger is accompanied by someone who can assist them board and disembark
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Product ID: 287140