Dunedin’s Coastline Is Best Experienced On Foot! 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.


Tour Details:

  • Departure Time 8:45 am 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 Time 12:45 pm inside Port Chalmers
  • Duration 4 hours
  • What to Bring Warm and suitable clothing, drinking water, camera, sun hat and any medication you require. If you require medication please let your guide know on the day of the tour


4 hour

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.

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Back to Nature

Back to Nature Tours exists to provide experiences that showcase the symbiotic relationship between nature and culture, inviting you to breathe in all of New Zealand’s beauty. At our core, we’re adventurers: exploring the coasts and inland landscapes, remote and well known, all with an emphasis on the conservation of this unique country. Operating since 1997, we’ve built trust within the local community and our clients as well. We are a Qualmark Endorsed, New Zealand owned business which is a distinction by the New Zealand Tourism’s official quality assurance organisation. We also hold Department of Conservation and Marine Mammal Permits allowing us to guide visitors legally in some of New Zealand’s most remote and beautiful locations including Dunedin, the Catlins and Stewart Island. We know many of our clients travel New Zealand by cruise ship, and we have security clearance to pick up and drop off our clients inside Port Chalmers. And, we offer all cruise ship passengers a ‘worry free guarantee’ that we’ll get you back to your ship well before it departs. If your ship is unable to make it into port because of poor weather or mechanical difficulties, no worries, we will fully refund you. We’re excited to introduce you, or reintroduce you, to the wild and beautiful landscapes of New Zealand. We look forward to taking you Back to Nature.