Wildlife & Penguin Place Tour

Enjoy an afternoon with yellow eyed penguins in their natural habitat before cruising Taiaroa Head to view the royal albatross and other marine wildlife.

Wildlife & Penguin Place Tour

Set out early-afternoon along the scenic roads of the Otago Peninsula by bus.

Enjoy a 90 min guided tour of the Penguin Place Conservation Reserve. Their guides will explain why the beautiful, quirky yellow-eyed penguin is the most endangered in the world, found only on the south-east coast of New Zealand. This is a great chance to see them in the wild, around their nesting sites! Hear about the conservation & volunteer work that takes place to ensure the survival of this special species. A portion of your ticket cost goes directly back into helping efforts continue on in to the future.

A short bus ride over the farm takes small groups to the reserve, where your guide will lead you on foot through unique covered trenches into viewing hides. These allow close viewing and photography of the breeding behaviour and chicks of this shy penguin (viewing is varied depending on the time of year).

Next you'll board our Wildlife Cruise around Taiaroa Head, the worlds only mainland nesting place of royal albatross. From the comfort of our sturdy boat we aim to put you in a great position to view them soaring between the ocean and their nests.

Whilst cruising you'll watch as NZ fur seals play and swim near their breeding colonies, out at sea you can spot up to 20 species of rarely seen ocean birds including other albatross species and petrels. You may be lucky and see penguins, dolphins, sealions and other local marine mammals.

To finish the tour you’ll cruise the length of the Otago Harbour. Your skipper will show you Careys Bay, the historic fishing village, the busy working wharves of Port Chalmers and Otago Harbour’s beautiful bays, hills and farmland.
Tour Type: Activity
From: Dunedin to Dunedin
Departs: Daily
Duration: Allow 5.5 hours
Tour Code: DDUD02

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Tour Inclusions

  • Tour of Penguin Place
  • Harbour cruise around Taiaroa Head & Otago Harbour


Season Adult Child  
1 October 2020 - 30 September 2021 $160 NZD $60 NZD Enquire / Book
Departure: Tour departs at 1.30pm (summer) & 1.00pm (winter).

Children: Child age is 5 - 14 years.

Additional notes: A medium level of fitness is required on this tour. You may be required to walk up to one kilometre over uneven ground and potentially climb 90 steps along the way.
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