Recent Searches
Clear

Top South Island Shore Excursions

Saved to wishlist!
When are you traveling?
Select Dates
Popular
Search experiences that may have limited interaction with crowds.
Search experiences with increased health and safety practices.
Search tours and activities you can do from home.

You are viewing Virtual Experiences in South Island. See more Virtual Experiences around the globe. 🌎

Price
$0
$500+
Duration
Time of Day
RatingClear
Specials
Select Dates
Dates
Cruises & Sailing
Ports of Call Tours
Sightseeing Tours
Private and Luxury
Sightseeing Cruises
Private Sightseeing Tours
City Tours
Half-day Tours
Full-day Tours
Day Trips
Bus Tours
Day Cruises
Lunch Cruises
Cultural Tours
Multi-day Cruises
Photography Tours
Culinary & Gourmet Tour
Historical Tours
Markets
Audio Guides

101 results | All South Island Tours

Sort by:Featured

Shore Excursion: Guided Sea Kayaking through Akaroa Marine Reserve

Shore Excursion: Guided Sea Kayaking through Akaroa Marine Reserve

star-5
130
Spend your time in port in Akaroa on a small-group shore excursion, sea kayaking around the harbor. Bask in the scenery of remote bays and inlets, and catch a glimpse of local marine life, including penguins, orcas, and endangered Hector’s dolphins. You’ll paddle for three hours with a guide through the basin of an extinct volcano and stop for a snack and swim at a coastal beach. This tour departs within walking distance of the cruise port.
More
  • 3 hours
From
$98.41
From
$98.41

Small group guided sea kayaking in Akaroa marine reserve

Small group guided sea kayaking in Akaroa marine reserve

star-5
72
Swap your cruise ship for a kayak on this 3-hour shore excursion from Akaroa and enjoy a thrilling close encounter with native wildlife. Paddle your way around remote bays, inlets and sandy beaches; admire the dramatic scenery of the once-active volcano basin; then cool off with a swim. Along the way, keep a lookout for some of New Zealand’s rarest wildlife sightings, including Hector Dolphins, penguins and orca whales.
More
  • 3 hours
From
$98.41
From
$98.41

Dunedin City, Wildlife and Scenery Tour

Dunedin City, Wildlife and Scenery Tour

star-5
20
Join a small group for a full-day tour of Dunedin and the Otago Peninsula. During the city tour, see landmarks such as the University of Otago, Baldwin Street, and Scottish heritage sites. Next explore the Otago Peninsula, including Otago Harbour, Sandfly Bay, Tunnel Beach, and historic Larnach Castle. Your tour includes pickup and drop-off in central Dunedin or the port.
More
  • 5 to 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
From
$118.08
Price varies by group size
From
$118.08
Price varies by group size

Cruise Ship Shore Excursion Taste of Dunedin City Sights and Nature Tour

Cruise Ship Shore Excursion Taste of Dunedin City Sights and Nature Tour

star-5
11
Iconic city sights, Maori sites of significance and a chance to see wildlife are the highlights of this 4-4.5 hour tour, and it starts when we collect you from Port Chalmers, where you’ll meet your guide. We start with a scenic drive that takes in the location of where Dunedin first began for both the early Māori and European settlers, and a look at some of the beautiful iconic sites our city has to offer. We then head out for the Otago Peninsula which delivers spectacular views above the Otago Harbour before winding back down to sea level to arrive at scenic inlets frequented by wading birds. Hear commentary about the nature and the natural processes that shaped the land and learn about Māori, the first people to step ashore here. We’ll take a stroll along a stunning sandy beach where we are often lucky enough to glimpse New Zealand sea lions and fur seals. We finish our tour with a look at Baldwin street, the world's steepest residential street.
More
  • 4 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
From
$90.84
From
$90.84

Mount Cook Lake Tekapo & Tasman Glacier (small Group Tour Including Lunch)

Mount Cook Lake Tekapo & Tasman Glacier (small Group Tour Including Lunch)

star-5
6
Mount Cook (Aoraki) is the highest mountain in New Zealand at 12,218 feet (3,724 meters) and lies surrounded by some of the South Island’s most stunning natural landscapes. On this tour, enjoy magnificent views of Mount Cook, Lake Tekapo, and Lake Pukaki; pose for photos amid fields of lavender (summer season only); and hike through the Mount Cook National Park to see the Tasman Glacier.
More
  • 12 to 13 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
$146.87
Price varies by group size
From
$146.87
Price varies by group size
Taking safety measures

Overnight Luxury Tour - Mt Cook and Lake Tekapo from Christchurch

Overnight Luxury Tour - Mt Cook and Lake Tekapo from Christchurch

Enjoy a 2-day tour to Mount Cook and Lake Tekapo from Christchurch. Travel in a small-group in a Mercedes Benz minivan with your chauffeur/ guide. Spend the day exploring alpine walks and glacier valley in Mt. Cook and enjoy your evening stargazing in the largest Dark Sky Reserve in the world. Enjoy your lunch in Mt. Cook and splurge on dinner and breakfast with overnight stay in a 4-star accommodation in Lake Tekapo. Soak yourself in hot pools at Tekapo Springs before heading back to Christchurch.
More
  • 2 days
  • Taking safety measures
From
$1,176.91
From
$1,176.91
Taking safety measures

AKAROA PRIVATE SHORE EXCURSION (Christchurch City & Banks Peninsula)

AKAROA PRIVATE SHORE EXCURSION (Christchurch City & Banks Peninsula)

Save time waiting for other cruise ship passengers and escape straight to Christchurch for this private shore excursion. Once you arrive, experience Christchurch without the noise and rigid timetables of a big tour group. Take a electric caterpillar bus around the famous Botanical Gardens, boat down the Avon river in a traditional English poling punt, and discover how Christchurch is rebuilding in the wake of the devastating 2011 earthquake.
More
  • 8 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
From
$359.55
Price varies by group size
From
$359.55
Price varies by group size

Lake Tekapo and Lake Pukaki Day Tour

Lake Tekapo and Lake Pukaki Day Tour

star-5
1
Visit the scenic areas of Lake Tekapo and Lake Pukaki on this picturesque day tour. It can be difficult to get to remote rural areas without a car, but you won’t have to worry about planning transport as Christchurch pickup and drop-off is included. The journey itself will showcase spectacular landscapes along the way. Once you get to Lake Tekapo, highlights include visiting Church of the Good Shepherd, Lake Pukaki, and Tekapo Springs.
More
  • 10 to 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
$332.11
Price varies by group size
From
$332.11
Price varies by group size
Taking safety measures

Private Waipara Valley Wine Tasting Tour with optional Gourmet Lunch

Private Waipara Valley Wine Tasting Tour with optional Gourmet Lunch

star-5
3
Wine lovers—if you’re visiting Christchurch and want to sample excellent local wine, this is the tour for you. Enjoy a carefree day where everything is taken care of—a driver will pick you up from Christchurch and take you on a scenic drive to Waipara Valley in North Canterbury. Your private chauffeur will transport you between wineries, and you’ll try four different wines. When you’ve worked up an appetite, a delicious 2-course gourmet lunch at a winery is included.
More
  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
From
$189.25
Price varies by group size
From
$189.25
Price varies by group size

Mount Cook Private Day Tour via Lake Tekapo including Lunch

Mount Cook Private Day Tour via Lake Tekapo including Lunch

star-5
14
Getting to Aoraki/Mount Cook from Christchurch is half the fun on this private day trip. Get a look at New Zealand’s tallest mountain and dig into a delicious buffet lunch at the Hermitage Hotel. Then take a walk in Mt. Cook National Park or stroll the village during free time. En route, admire gorgeous views from Lake Pukaki and make a stop at the alpine waters of Lake Tekapo.
More
  • 12 to 13 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
$294.47
Price varies by group size
From
$294.47
Price varies by group size
Taking safety measures

Dunedin and the Otago Peninsula Wildlife Tour

Dunedin and the Otago Peninsula Wildlife Tour

star-4.5
69
Peer at rare yellow-eyed penguins and visit nesting grounds of the northern royal albatross during a full-day tour of the Otago Peninsula and Dunedin. Spend your morning sightseeing in Dunedin’s city center, including highlights of the Octagon, followed by a visit to the gardens of Larnach Castle, with the option to go inside and buy lunch. In the afternoon, immerse in the natural beauty of the Otago Peninsula and the scenic coast along Taiaroa Head. Numbers are limited to 19 people to allow for personalized attention from your informative guide.
More
  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
$151.30
From
$151.30
Taking safety measures

Dunedin Shore Excursion: Small-Group Tour of Dunedin and the Otago Peninsula

Dunedin Shore Excursion: Small-Group Tour of Dunedin and the Otago Peninsula

star-4.5
127
Swap the cruise port for the Dunedin countryside on a half-day shore excursion that includes the Otago Peninsula. Your sightseeing tour covers highlights of the city center such as the Dunedin Railway Station, then travels to several village suburbs, stopping en route at scenic lookouts and for a beachside view of basking sea lions. Enjoy the personalized attention from your guide on this small-group tour, limited to 19 people.
More
  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
$62.73
From
$62.73
Taking safety measures

Dunedin and Otago Peninsula Wildlife Tour with Optional Larnach Castle Visit

Dunedin and Otago Peninsula Wildlife Tour with Optional Larnach Castle Visit

star-5
76
Dunedin is a city full of culture and history and also conveniently close to wildlife reserves and unspoilt nature. See both sides of the city in one day on this small-group tour. Take in the central sights, such as the Railway Station and the steepest street in the world, Baldwin Street. Stroll through the manicured gardens of Larnach Castle on the way to the Otago Peninsula, home to albatross, seals, penguins, and sea lions.
More
  • 7 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
$151.30
From
$151.30
Taking safety measures

Dunedin Shore Excursion: Taieri Gorge Railway and the Otago Peninsula Day Trip from Dunedin

Dunedin Shore Excursion: Taieri Gorge Railway and the Otago Peninsula Day Trip from Dunedin

star-4.5
47
When your cruise ship docks in Dunedin, take a full-day excursion that combines two South Island highlights: a scenic round-trip ride on the Taieri Gorge Railway, and an afternoon tour of the Otago Peninsula. The train steams from Dunedin to Pukerangi, passing through Taieri Plains and Taieri Gorge, and stopping en route for photo ops. Then dig your toes into the sand of Otago’s beaches and keep a lookout for marine wildlife.
More
  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
$151.30
From
$151.30
Taking safety measures

Dunedin Shore Excursion: Small-Group Tour of Dunedin

Dunedin Shore Excursion: Small-Group Tour of Dunedin

star-4.5
35
Venture to Dunedin and escape the crowds when your ship pulls into port. You'll visit beaches on the scenic coastline and learn about the impressive architecture of New Zealand's oldest city on this shore excursion. Stop at several lookouts and search for wildlife in the Otago Peninsula.
More
  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
$55.35
From
$55.35
Taking safety measures

Taieri Gorge Railway and the Otago Peninsula Day Trip from Dunedin

Taieri Gorge Railway and the Otago Peninsula Day Trip from Dunedin

star-4.5
58
Ride the Taieri Gorge Railway on a round-trip route from Dunedin to Pukerangi, and take a guided tour of the Otago Peninsula by minivan in the afternoon. The train steams through vivid South Island landscapes including the Taieri Plains and Taieri Gorge, stopping en route for photo ops plus a leg stretch in Pukerangi. Then dig your toes in the sand at Otago’s gorgeous beaches and keep a lookout for oceanic wildlife. Upgrade to include a gourmet boxed lunch.
More
  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
$151.30
From
$151.30
Taking safety measures

Half day Private Tour of Dunedin City Highlights and Peninsula Scenery

Half day Private Tour of Dunedin City Highlights and Peninsula Scenery

star-5
14
Sightsee around Dunedin on a privately tailored tour that gives you the flexibility to choose your stops and duration. You’ll travel with ease aboard a Mercedes minivan during a scenic drive through the countryside. Check out the sights of Dunedin with specialized commentary and don’t miss a trip to the Otago Peninsula.
More
  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
From
$454.18
per group
From
$454.18
per group

Otago Peninsula Scenic, City Highlights and Wildlife Tour

Otago Peninsula Scenic, City Highlights and Wildlife Tour

star-4.5
13
Combine a city highlights tour of Dunedin with a wildlife-focused tour of the Otago Peninsula in a single day. Perfect for first-time visitors or those short on time, this tour covers both urban and natural highlights of the area. Landmarks in Dunedin include the Botanic Garden, Baldwin Street, the Dunedin Railway Station, and others. Get to know the Otago Peninsula's beaches and bays with scenic drives and a wildlife boat cruise from Taiaroa Head.
More
  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
From
$177.13
From
$177.13

Private Guided Tour of Dunedin City Heritage and Unique Wildlife and Scenery

Private Guided Tour of Dunedin City Heritage and Unique Wildlife and Scenery

star-5
10
Travel from Port Chalmers or Dunedin on a privately guided tour that introduces you to city attractions as well as points of interest on the Otago Peninsula. With a flexible itinerary you can spend as much time as you like at each site, including a stop at the Royal Albatross Centre. Drive past Baldwin Street, Signal Hill, Otago University, Dunedin Railway Station, and more.
More
  • 5 to 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
From
$719.11
per group
From
$719.11
per group

Dunedin City Highlights, Otago Peninsula & Wildlife Cruise Tour

Dunedin City Highlights, Otago Peninsula & Wildlife Cruise Tour

star-4
1
With this tour you will be introduced to main highlights of this gorgeous city and will be able to enjoy the most breathtaking scenery of Otago Peninsula, including a 1 hour wildlife cruise. You will have advantage of travelling in a small group with personalised attention and avoiding big crowds and big buses
More
  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
From
$181.67
From
$181.67

Dunedin City Highlights, Otago Peninsula Scenery & a Guided Penguin Reserve Tour

Dunedin City Highlights, Otago Peninsula Scenery & a Guided Penguin Reserve Tour

star-5
2
You will be joining a small group tour and go to places that bigger buses cannot go. You will have personalised attention and will see the most special parts of Dunedin and Otago peninsula.
More
  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
From
$180.82
From
$180.82

Dunedin City Highlights, Otago Peninsula Scenery & Albatross Guided Tour

Dunedin City Highlights, Otago Peninsula Scenery & Albatross Guided Tour

star-5
3
With this tour you will enjoy a small group experience with a personalised attention while discovering the beauty of Dunedin City and Otago peninsula. You will avoid wasting time waiting for a bog group to get on and off the bus. You will be introduced to the city in the best way, optimising time to see the highlights of the city, enjoying the most breathtaking scenery of Otago Peninsula via Highcliff road where the road for bigger buses is not suitable. You will have a 1 hour guided tour of Albatross Centre and discover all about these huge seabirds.
More
  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
From
$177.13
From
$177.13

Shore Excursion: Otago Peninsula Scenery and City Highlights Tour

Shore Excursion: Otago Peninsula Scenery and City Highlights Tour

star-4.5
3
When your cruise ship docks in Dunedin, take a full-day shore excursion to see the highlights of the city center and the natural beauty of the Otago Peninsula. View the stunning Dunedin Railway Station and other landmarks, drive along scenic Highcliff Road, visit the Royal Albatross Centre, and have the option to take a guided 1-hour historical walk or explore the downtown on your own.
More
  • 5 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
From
$132.85
From
$132.85

Shore Excursion: Dunedin City Tour, Coastal Train and Castle Garden

Shore Excursion: Dunedin City Tour, Coastal Train and Castle Garden

star-5
15
Combine top Dunedin experiences into a single day of sightseeing on a Port Chalmers shore excursion that includes a city tour, Larnach Castle Garden, and a 90-minute ride on a coastal train through the scenic Otago Peninsula. A flexible mix of guided and independent activities gives you the best of both worlds: you’ll get a fascinating, guided introduction to Dunedin highlights, but enjoy the freedom to explore on your own.
More
  • 6 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
From
$136.25
From
$136.25

Filters

Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What are the best Shore Excursions in South Island?
Q:
What Shore Excursions in South Island are taking additional safety precautions?
Q:
What Shore Excursions in South Island are good for avoiding crowds?