2014 Classes start soon!!

The 2014 Tour Guiding course will begin on the 22nd July 2014.  This year we look forward to a schedule that takes us out of the classroom as often as possible to experience the real world of a tour guide.  We will visit some of the finest attractions in Dunedin and enjoy tours on foot, mountain bike and mini-bus as we work toward our main goal of planning and conducting our own tours. This course has been developed to provide students with the key interpersonal skills a tour guide requires, for more information please contact Chris Roberts – chris.roberts@op.ac.nz 


Health and Safety

We’ve learnt about Health and Safety within the
Tourism sector, and the many challenges that come with it. We learnt about how
important risk management is, the costs of an accident, and how accidents can
be prevented within workplaces.  We also
learnt how important it is to manage health and safety in a tourism context, as
we looked up past accidents that have happened within tourism, and how it
affected businesses and the people around them. – Ash

Group Management

Group Management

Tour members often wander off to take pictures or to look at something that catches their eye, this picture capture’s the moment Luke brought a stray member back into the fold. In the foreground is Thomas, he’s wearing a pair of polished blue shoes unseen in the southern hemisphere, unfortunately they were accidentally cut off but can clearly be seen in other photographs – if there was a prize for best dressed student Thomas would win hands down.

Guided Tours

Guided Tours

First Church of Otago

The main component of this course requires students to lead a guided tour of a centrally located point of interest. The spire of this church can be seen from all around Dunedin, however, to discover the true brilliance of this building you really need to go inside!

Botanic Gardens Conservation International Conference

 Botanic Gardens Conservation International Conference

Students from Otago Polytechnic’s Tour Guiding course helped look after 300 of the world’s top botanists, horticulturists and conservationists attending an international conference in Dunedin. The conference would coincide with the Dunedin Botanic Garden’s 150th anniversary, also due to be held in 2013.

04 Aug 2010

Hundreds of the world’s top botanists, horticulturists and conservationists

Learning life saving skills with the Red Cross

Our class took part in a first aid course over 2 days with the Red Cross. It was fun as well as informative and we learnt many skills and techniques that can help save people’s lives. We learnt all about allergies and poisons and how to deal with them in an emergency, CPR, injures and so much more. We all enjoyed taking part in this course and it was a great experience.


Thanks Erica!


This week we were suppose to be going on a mountain bike tour but due to adverse weather this was cancelled and was replaced with a trip to the historic Olveston home instead. Our guide for tour, Erica, was brilliant. She had a lot of knowledge about the house and background of the family that lived there, she answered all of our questions and mentioned some of the challenges a tour guide might face, and of course, what it is like to be one. She managed to relate the tour to our tour guiding course which was really good. With the tour lasting just over an hour of the 35 rooms in the house we got to see about 28 of them. With each room we were given a background into it and what the room was used for, Ange and I got a creepy vibe from one room in particular….


Aimee Kelly