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

Peninsula Cruise/Bus from Dunedin incl. Penguin Place - half day

Peninsula Cruise/Bus from Dunedin incl. Penguin Place - half day

Half-day Tour - Dunedin - Starting from NZ $139.00 per person

Cruise the length of the beautiful Otago Harbour before embarking on an exploration of Taiaroa Head's spectacular wildlife a scenic Otago Peninsula bus tour. An unforgettable experience awaits; be fascinated and exhilarated with the wealth of wildlife and the dramatic views of Otago Peninsula and the South Pacific Ocean.

Included is a tour to the award winning Penguin Place, home of the Yellow Eyed Penguin, which can only be found on the the southern shores of New Zealand's South... More...

Awa Tour

Awa Tour

Maori - Dunedin - Starting from $180.00 per person

Traverse the beautiful Waikouaiti River on our waka ama (outrigger) or waka unua (double hull) with our experienced and knowledgeable guides. Learn about our local ecological restoration projects and give back to the whenua (land) by choosing and planting a native tree.
Tour numbers are limited so that we can personalize your tour.

The tour length is four hours and includes a light lunch and tea & coffee at our sunny premises. More...

Otago Peninsula Bike Tour from Dunedin

Otago Peninsula Bike Tour from Dunedin

Bike Tour - Dunedin - Starting from $99.00 per person

Landscape, wildlife and history come together to make the Otago Peninsula one of the premier biking destinations. On this 4 hour small group bike tour, you will experience the remote beauty of the Otago Peninsula. Bike the quiet gravel roads, view wildlife, and walk along deserted white sandy beaches, home to penguins, seals and sea lions. More...

Otago Museum Stories of the South Guided Tour

Otago Museum Stories of the South Guided Tour

Museum - Dunedin - Starting from $15.00 per person

Discover the secrets of the surprising south, from its unique wildlife and natural resources to the strong and enterprising people of the land. Hear of the journeys of early Māori sourcing seasonal food supplies or precious pounamu (greenstone), and learn how whaling, gold, agriculture and industries built Otago's prosperity. See the largest collection of articulated moa skeletons in the world, plus New Zealand’s largest fossil, the Shag Point plesiosaur.

Take a close-up look at... More...

Private Tour: Dunedin to the Catlins

Private Tour: Dunedin to the Catlins

Private Tour - Dunedin - Starting from $192.00 per person

Waterfalls, deserted beaches, coastal rainforest, and rare wildlife can all be found in the Catlins. Explore this remote part of the South Island on a private day trip from Dunedin. You'll learn about early Maori inhabitants and European settlers from your personal guide, who has a Department of Conservation (DOC) concession with access to unforgettable places. More...

The Chamberson HotelThe Chamberson Hotel - Hotel.

Offering free WiFi, The Chamberson Hotel offers accommodation in Dunedin, 300 metres from Toitu Otago Settlers Museum....

Coastal Splendour - Self Drive (7 days-6 nights)Coastal Splendour - Self Drive (7 days-6 nights) - Private Tour - Christchurch. Starting from $1977.00 per person.

A seven day, six night self-drive tour of the South Island of New Zealand, including rental car, six nights 4 star...


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