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Dunedin and Otago Peninsula Full-Day Nature Tour

1. Dunedin and Otago Peninsula Full-Day Nature Tour

Make the most of your visit to Dunedin, the oldest city in New Zealand, on a full-day tour. Be picked up from your central accommodation or from Port Chalmers, and begin your tour with a scenic drive of Dunedin’s city highlights. Visit New Zealand’s oldest university, the historic Dunedin Railway Station, and Baldwin Street, the steepest street in the world. Journey out onto the Otago Peninsula to explore Larnach Castle’s unique gardens where you will have the opportunity to purchase lunch.  Follow winding gravel roads towards Portobello, visiting tidal inlets along the way. View native birds and see the stunning scenery along the rugged coastline. Take an adventurous journey through a series of tunnels for unrivaled views of the critically endangered Yellow-Eyed Penguin. See Little Blue Penguins as well as New Zealand Sea Lions and Fur Seals who come ashore regularly. Visit Taiaroa Head, where the Northern Royal Albatross can often be seen gliding around the headland. The tour concludes with your return to your accommodation or Port Chalmers around 4:15 PM. 

Otago Peninsula: Royal Albatross Centre Tour

2. Otago Peninsula: Royal Albatross Centre Tour

Begin your tour with a 10-minute educational video giving you insight into the nature and lifespan of this giant bird. During the video, your expert guide will provide commentary about the albatross as well as some information about the Royal Albatross Centre. Begin your climb up the hill overlooking the ocean and the Otago Peninsula, to the exclusive observatory on the nature reserve where you can see giant albatross throughout their breeding cycle as they court, lay eggs and raise huge fluffy chicks. Learn more about the conservation efforts of the team that is necessary to protect the albatross chicks. The centre is run by a not for profit conservation trust with fees going back to a range of projects along the Otago Peninsula. If you are interested in learning a bit more about the history of the local area you can choose the 1.5 Hour Albatross Centre Wildlife & Fort Taiaroa Tour.

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What people are saying about Dunedin

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 27 reviews

We thoroughly enjoyed our day with Finn (I think that was his name). We is very knowledgeable in all aspects of nature, tourism, history and I dare say politics! He is very passionate about his job and passionate as well about all things “nature” and the well being of our earth and ecosystems. The tour itself is well balanced and would satisfy any one, even if they were not nature lovers. The city tour including Signal Hill, Baldwin Street, University of Otago, Train Station, Larnach Castle and gardens and the many old notable buildings, the scenic drive over coastal and farmland was exquisite. The scenery was amazing. We saw lots and lots of nature, including birds, sea animals and land animals- sea lions, fur seals, Blue Penguins, Yellow eyed Penguins and the Albatross taking flight. A fun filled day with lots of interesting tales with an awesome Guide.

Exceptional We had the chance to see albatrosses in flight but also 4 nests and we could see one of the little ones. One more we were given a French guide which makes the visit perfect February period to remember to observe the nesting

Very informative guide. Gave advice on how to make the most of our visit and to obtain the best pictures/videos.

Very important work, we learned a lot of the Albatrosses. Very interesting.

A must do ... one of the best wildlife attractions I have ever done.