Dunedin Wildlife - discover the unique wildlife of the Dunedin area; penguins, the royal abatross, seals, and more
Penguins on the Otago Peninsula, Dunedin, New Zealand
A seal on the Otago Peninsula, Dunedin, New Zealand

Dunedin Wildlife

Otago Peninsula and Dunedin's southern coastal beaches are home to a variety of marine wildlife. As well as various seabirds and waders living along the coast, Taiaroa Head is home to a colony of Northern Royal Albatrosses, a sea bird with an impressive three metre (120 inch) wingspan.

The Peninsula is also home to colonies of Little Blue Penguins, the smallest penguins in the world, as well as being an important breeding habitat for the endangered Yellow Eye Penguin.

New Zealand Fur Seals regularly inhabit the beaches, and sea lions and sea elephants often come ashore, especially at night. Hooker’s Sea Lions, Leopard Seals and Southern Sea Elephants are known to frequent the beaches.

There are various walks, tours and cruises around the peninsula in which to experience this unique place, with proceeds often going towards the upkeep of the conservation reserves.


Featured Wildlife Activities

Cruise Ship Excursion Wildlife and Culture tour on the Otago Peninsula

Cruise Ship Excursion Wildlife and Culture tour on the Otago Peninsula

Maori - Dunedin - Starting from $210.00 per person

Tailored specifically for Cruise Ship passengers, see spectacular marine wildlife, learn from a conservation expert, discover intriguing Māori history, and explore the geological and biological diversity of our Otago Peninsula.

Join us to discover some of the iconic Otago Peninsula's wildlife residents; albatross, penguins, seals and sea lions, all call this place home. Our guide, Lyndon, comes with 30 years of hands-on species management in his previous role as a... More...


Half day Private Tour of Dunedin City Highlights and Peninsula Scenery

Half day Private Tour of Dunedin City Highlights and Peninsula Scenery

Private Tour - Dunedin - Starting from $500.00 per person

Enjoy Dunedin on a private tour, tailored just for your group of up to 6 passengers. A knowledgeable driver - guide will show you the best spots in Dunedin in a private vehicle. You will be very flexible to spend any amount of time at all the stops.
Scenic drive from Port Chalmers through the countryside road to the city. Suggested stops are: Baldwin Street, Signal Hill Lookout Point, upper Botanic Garden with bird aviaries, Otago University, Octagon, First Church, Dunedin Railway station,... More...

Dunedin, Otago Peninsula and Coastal Train trip tour

Dunedin, Otago Peninsula and Coastal Train trip tour

Day Tour - Dunedin - Starting from $190.00 per person

Start at Port Chalmers to experience the pure beauty of Dunedin on a fantastic tour of rich heritage, spectacular scenery and unique wildlife and finish it with a scenic coastal train trip. You will experience gorgeous and memorable landscape of Otago Peninsula with amazing string of rugged beaches, bays and wildlife. Your knowledgeable guide will show you the most breathtaking views and take you closer to nature and its wildlife. Enjoy free time at Albatross Centre where you can relax at a... More...

Shore Excursion: Otago Peninsula Scenery and City Highlights Tour

Shore Excursion: Otago Peninsula Scenery and City Highlights Tour

Ports of Call Tour - Dunedin - Starting from $150.00 per person

Start at Port Chalmers to experience the beauty of Dunedin on a fantastic 5 hour tour of rich heritage, spectacular scenery. You will experience gorgeous and memorable landscape of Otago Peninsula with amazing string of rugged beaches, bays and wildlife. Your knowledgeable guide will show you the most breathtaking views and take you closer to nature and its wildlife.
Spend some free time at Royal Albatross Centre: this place offers the world's only mainland colony of Royal Albatross. Here... More...

Full-Day Wildlife Tour from Dunedin

Full-Day Wildlife Tour from Dunedin

Wildlife - Dunedin - Starting from $175.00 per person

Visit the habitat of one of the world's rarest penguins. Walk through a private nature reserve on this guided tour to see the rare Yellow Eyed Penguin, Little Blue Penguins and NZ Furseals in the wild. Specially designed hides allow for close viewing of penguin in their nesting habitat. Explore the far reaches of the Otago Peninsula and a chance to see the Royal Albatross in flight. Also included in this full day tour is an in-depth look at Dunedin's main city sights. Lookouts, photo stops and... More...


Roslyn ApartmentsRoslyn Apartments - Apartment Hotel.

Roslyn Apartments offers modern accommodation with great views of Dunedin city and harbour from the private balcony....

Albatross, Wildlife and Harbour Cruises and Otago Harbour FerryAlbatross, Wildlife and Harbour Cruises and Otago Harbour Ferry - Ferry Service - Dunedin. Starting from $90.00 per person.

Pick one of 3 departure times - 10:15, 1:15, or 4:00, and come out for the sightseeing tour of a...

 

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