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

Otago Peninsula package from Dunedin - full day

Otago Peninsula package from Dunedin - full day

Wildlife - Dunedin - Starting from NZ $235.00 per person

This premier tour of the Otago Peninsula includes the full Otago Harbour and Taiaroa Head Wildlife Cruise, scenic Otago Peninsula bus tour, and guided tours of the Royal Albatross Colony, the Yellow Eyed Penguin Reserve and a visit to wading bird habitats.

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... More...

Albatross, Wildlife and Harbour Cruises and Otago Harbour Ferry

Albatross, 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 lifetime!

Enjoy stunning views and epic wildlife on the new (2018), custom-made boat The Sootychaser.  Enjoy interactive narration by your experienced guide throughout the tour, as you keep an eye out for some of the rarest animals in the wild in New Zealand!  You'll get stunning views of Quarantine Island, Port Chalmers, and of course Taiaroa Head from inside the heated the... More...

Invercargill to Dunedin with Stewart Island Option

Invercargill to Dunedin with Stewart Island Option

Day Tour - Invercargill - Starting from $225.00 per person

Depart from Invercargill at 8.30am or Bluff at 9.15am and spend the day with one of our experienced Driver/Guides exploring the beautiful Catlins. Partake in short walks through Native New Zealand forest and along sandy beaches for the chance to view waterfalls and Native New Zealand wildlife, such as Sea Lions and Yellow Eyed penguins if they are about. 

We also make various stops throughout the day for photo opportunities at scenic view points so be sure to remember your... More...

3-Day Deep South Adventure from Queenstown

3-Day Deep South Adventure from Queenstown

Multi-day Tour - Te Anau - Starting from $375.00 per person

Our Three day Bottom Bus tour is one of the best ways to see the Bottom of the South Island.
In a minimum of three days you can experience the adrenaline in Queenstown, take in the breathtaking scenery with a cruise on the majestic Milford Sound in the Fiordland National Park, explore the Catlins wildlife and wonders and bathe in the heritage of Dunedin.
Want to spend extra nights at one of our stops? No problem you can hop off for a night or two and get on our next bus coming through.... More...

Dunedin Onshore Cruise Group Tour

Dunedin Onshore Cruise Group Tour

Maori - Dunedin - Starting from $145.00 per person

Dunedin Onshore Cruise Tours for your small group of up to six or 11. Heritage and Wildlife abounds and enjoy a personal and fun tour with you local chauffeur/guide. 

Dunedin welcomes you to the delightful Port Chalmers and  the  many unique aspects on your special day tour. 
Whatever your interests surround yourself with the Scottish feel of this region.

Your Chauffeur will take you on a historical journey of beautiful landscapes, stunning Port Chalmers high top views and... More...

Alcala Motor LodgeAlcala Motor Lodge - Motel.

Alcala Motor Lodge offers affordable accommodation just minutes from Dunedin Botanic Gardens and Otago Museum and...

Hare Hill - 3 Hour Beach RideHare Hill - 3 Hour Beach Ride - Horse Riding - Dunedin. Starting from NZ $180.00 per person.

Spend half a day with the horses on the beaches of Aramoana. View wildlife from horseback; seals, sealions and penguins.


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