Dunedin And The Otago Peninsula Wildlife Tour

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Tour Information

Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Instant Confirmation
  • Lowest Price Guaranteed
  • Duration: 7 Hrs 30 Mins
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  • Departure Time :
    8:45am or 9:45am Please note: Departure time can be flexible depending on ship arrival, you will be notified of any changes within 24 hours after completing the booking process.  If you are on a.. read more
  • Departure Details :
    Dunedin hotels, iSite Vistor Centre or Port Chalmers Cruise Port
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point at approximately 4:30pm
  • Cancellation Policy :
    Cancel up to 2 days in advance for a full refund


See the highlights of Dunedins city center and Larnach castle in the morning, then spend the afternoon immersed in the natural beauty of the Otago peninsula. Visit the nesting grounds of the rare and endangered yellow-eyed penguin and northern royal albatross as you explore the scenic coast along Taiaroa Head. Small-group tour with a maximum of 19 people allows for personalized attention from your knowledgeable guide.

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After morning pickup in Dunedin, see the citys highlights including the University of Otago and Baldwin street, which claims to be the steepest residential street in the world. Take photos of the Dunedin railway station, known as Gingerbread George for its elaborate Renaissance Revival architecture. Then take in the Octagon, the vibrant city center where many notable Victorian and Edwardian buildings are located, including heritage-listed Dunedin Town Hall and St. Paul's Anglican Cathedral.

Next, leave the city behind as you drive about 20 minutes to reach Larnach castle, rumored to be haunted by the ghosts of its original owners! The sprawling mansion features beautiful gardens that you explore on a short tour with your guide before having time to wander on your own. Castle tours are optional and at own expense. Here you'll have the option to buy lunch at the ballroom cafe attached to Larnach castle.

Once you have refueled, continue down the road to a reserve where you observe native yellow-eyed penguins, the rarest penguins in the world. A naturalist guide from the reserve leads you on a 1.5-hour tour through hides and tunnels that allow you to get close views of the penguin nesting area without disturbing the birds. This tour requires that participants be a able to walk at least one third of a mile (600 meters) and climb and descend 90 steps.

When you have completed the penguin viewing, reboard your coach to visit nesting grounds for the northern royal albatross at Taiaroa Head, the only human-inhabited mainland where an albatross colony of any species exists. Learn from your guide about the large seabirds as you look for them gliding over the headlands. Enjoy the beautiful coastline before heading back to Dunedin to end your tour.


  • Local guide
  • Larnach Gardens entry fee
  • Penguin place entry fee
  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan
  • Hotel/Port pickup and drop-off


  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Gratuities (optional)

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

A moderate amount walking is involved, there are 90 steps at the penguin reserve. A moderate level of fitness is required

Bring a waterproof jacket , sunglasses, hat and closed-toe shoes suitable for walking

Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately

A maximum of 18 people per tour

Departure time may change depending on cruise ship schedule

We guarantee you will see at least 1 penguin, but please be aware penguins are wild and shy birds and sightings may be limited