No papers are scheduled on the middle day of the IAHR Congress, which is set aside for meetings of the International Committee and the Executive Committee. For those not involved in these meetings, excursions have been arranged in Dunedin, on the harbour and in the surrounding areas.

These excursions cover a varied range of activities and sight-seeing opportunities, showcasing some of the best of what Dunedin and the surrounding areas have to offer.

On this page you can find information about the excursions on offer. Bookings can be made through the registration page, either at the time of registration or at a later date.

Emerson’s Brewery Tour

Get a behind the scenes look at the state-of-the-art 5000L brewery and 1200L workshop. You will be taken through every step of the brew process, from the malt room, to the fermentation, bottling, and most importantly, tasting.

Emersons brewery tour

Otago Peninsula Wildlife Tour

As you cruise the length of the Otago Harbour, the skipper will show you Careys Bay historic fishing village, Port Chalmers’ busy wharves and the harbour’s beautiful bays, hills, farmland and forest. You’ll learn about the harbour’s volcanic geology and its Maori and European history. Take in surrounding sights with a hot or cold beverage or snack from the fully licensed galley.

Enjoy this fascinating tour around Taiaroa Head and the surrounding coastline of dramatic cliffs, experiencing uninterrupted views of the only mainland nesting place of Northern Royal Albatross in the world.

Your skipper will expertly manoeuvre the vessel whilst you watch the NZ Furseals play and swim near their breeding colonies. Out at sea you can spot rarely seen ocean birds including other albatross species and petrels, and you may see penguins, dolphins and other marine mammals.

Otago Peninsula Wildlife Tour

Wildlife Cruise and Larnach Castle

Take a wonderful journey back in time with our guide, for a tour of New Zealand’s only castle, built in 1871. See the magnificent carved ceilings, antiques and craftsmanship. Learn the scandalous, exciting and tragic history of Larnach Castle and William Larnach. Climb the parapets for 360° views, and enjoy the beauty of the gardens of international significance.

Following the guided tour you will have time to personally explore or re-visit areas of the castle before meeting back with the bus & guide and continuing along the scenic Otago Peninsula roads.

Join the invigorating Wildlife Cruise around Taiaroa Head, the world’s only mainland nesting place of Royal Albatross.

Cruise into the stunning Lighthouse Bay and watch as NZ Furseals play and swim near their breeding colonies, then head out to sea where you can spot up to 20 species of rarely seen ocean birds including other albatross species and petrels, and you may see penguins, dolphins and other marine mammals.

Olveston Historic Home

Take a guided tour of Olveston Historic Home, built for Dunedin businessman, collector and philanthropist David Theomin, his wife Marie and their two children Edward and Dorothy. Designed by acclaimed English architect Sir Ernest George, Olveston was built as a family home furnished with fine art, furniture and artefacts purchased from all around the world.

Opened as a historic house museum in 1967, Olveston is a time capsule as little has changed inside the house since it was occupied as a family home between 1906 to 1966. Olveston is an authentic and original historic home depicting the life of a wealthy merchant family in the early part of the twentieth century.

Olveston Historic Home

Speight’s Brewery Tour

See over 141 years of brewing history as guides take you through the interactive brewery tour. Focus on the history of this Dunedin icon, by exploring the brewery from top to bottom. Along the way you will learn about all of the ingredients that go into our award-winning brews and hear about our state-of-the-art brewing process used today.

And no tour would be complete without sampling the fine product. In the tasting room you will be able to pour your own tastings from the Speight’s range.

Off Track Mountain Biking

Jump on your bike and ride around the Otago Peninsula, one of the the world’s most scenic trails.

On this 4 hour tour, you will experience the remote beauty of the Otago Peninsula. Bike the quiet gravel roads, witness spectacularly rugged landscapes, and walk along deserted white sandy beaches.

The serpentine route twists pleasantly along the shore, providing tremendous ocean views, and the terrain is made for cycling. The route consists of flat roads, including gravel roads with very little traffic, but also some hills!

Choose between a regular mountain bike or a battery powered E-bike.

Off Track Mountain Biking

Dunedin Street Art Walking Tour

Join a guided Street Art Walking Tour and explore the colourful side of Dunedin on a two hour walk at a moderate pace, mostly on the flat around parts of Dunedin not usually seen by tourists or locals, experiencing city life along the way.

This walk visits the most impressive art creations within the city centre and stops at each wall long enough to discuss the imagery and take photographs. Your tour guide will be very well informed, having seen the walls being painted, talked to the artists and documented their process. Stories about artists and their artwork will be shared in a fun, educative way.

We suggest you wear comfortable walking shoes, the terrain is mostly city pavements. Don’t forget to bring your camera and please dress for the weather on the day.

Surf Lesson

Surfers in Dunedin are spoilt for choice with miles of beautiful coastline.

This lesson gives you a great introduction to surfing for beginners. And for those who have surfed before it also provides a fantastic opportunity to improve your skills.

You will learn about beach safety, surfing equipment, paddling technique, board control and the other skills needed to ride the waves.

Taieri Gorge Railway

This is a fascinating journey into some of New Zealand’s most iconic scenery and history, where passengers are amazed at the engineering feats of New Zealand’s early pioneers, set among the stunning landscape of the gorge.

Negotiating the winding gorge, the comfortable train travels through ten tunnels and across numerous bridges including the famous Wingatui Viaduct – the second largest wrought iron structure in operation in the world.

Enjoy refreshments from the on-board café, or take that must-have photo from one of the open air platforms, all while the train manager shares fascinating stories about the environment and history of New Zealand’s gold rush era.

Taieri Gorge Railway

Excursions