Otago Peninsula Wildlife Day Tour

Enjoy a full day tour out on Dunedin Otago Peninsula. Enjoy uninterrupted views of Otago's unique wildlife on land and sea.

Otago Peninsula Wildlife Day Tour

Scenic Bus Tour:
Hop aboard our mid-afternoon bus and travel the scenic roads of the Otago Peninsula.

Inlets & Shorebirds:
Enjoy an extended look around the Hoopers and Papanui Inlet systems. Along the way we aim to spot local and international shorebirds. Some birds will travel from as far as Alaska to use these intertidal zones, other species can be spotted nowhere else in the world.

Royal Albatross Centre Tour:
You’ll be taken on a special one hour tour. This includes a short movie about the royal albatross followed by a visit to the hilltop observatory. Here you will watch as these huge birds soar past on three metre wings and interact with their chicks around their nests.

Lunch at the Albatross Cafe:
You will have approximately one hour to purchase food and drink. The cafe has a range of options for all dietary requirements, appetites and budgets. You are also welcome to bring your own packed lunch on tour with you.

Penguin Place Conservation Reserve:
Enjoy a 90 minute guided walking tour of a Yellow-eyed Penguin conservation reserve. Discover why they are the most endangered penguin in the world and what is being done to save this quirky, beautiful species. Visit the on-site wildlife rehabilitation centre, where sick and injured birds are cared for. Your guide will then take you into the conservation reserve for a great opportunity to see a Yellow-eyed Penguin and their nesting sites.

Wildlife Cruise:
See albatross, fur seals and more as you cruise out through the Otago Harbour entrance around the spectacular Taiaroa Head. Enjoy uninterrupted views of the world's only mainland breeding colony of royal albatross. These special birds are generally more active in the later afternoon. The cruise will continue a short way out to sea, where we often find other albatross and seabird species. Sometimes we are lucky and see blue penguins swimming or spot other marine mammals like NZ sealions or hectors & dusky dolphins.

Otago Harbour Cruise:
Finish your big day out with a 90 minutes cruise along the length of the beautiful Otago Harbour. Known to be the most picturesque harbour in NZ you'll enjoy views of the city, historical fishing villages, tiny islands, busy commercial ports and stunning coastal hills.
Tour Type: Activity
From: Dunedin to Dunedin
Departs: Daily
Duration: Allow 8.5 hours
Tour Code: DDUD04

Regions Visited

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Tour Inclusions

  • Otago Peninsula bus tour
  • Observatory at the Royal Albatross Centre
  • Penguin Place Conservation Reserve
  • Cruise around Taiaroa Head
  • Otago Harbour cruise


Season Adult Child  
1 October 2020 - 30 September 2021 $260 NZD $130 NZD Enquire / Book
Departure: Tour departs at 10.30am.

Children: Child age is 5 - 14 years.

Additional notes: Medium level of fitness required for this tour.
The harbour cruise is unavailable during winter due to the penguin tour time.
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