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

Dunedin City and Otago Peninsula Small-Group Tour

Dunedin City and Otago Peninsula Small-Group Tour

Day Tour - Dunedin - Starting from $185.00 per person

Enjoy a full-day tour experiencing lovely Dunedin City and the Otago Peninsula. You will see all the city highlights before journeying along the Otago Peninsula, which is full of wildlife and the majestic Larnach Castle. Included in the price is a tour at Penguin Place, the wild habitat of the rare yellow-eyed penguins. Your knowledgeable local guide has many stories of the area and knows all the best spots and vantage points along the way. There is plenty of time to chat and enjoy the... 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 Peninsula Scenic, City Highlights and Wildlife Tour

Otago Peninsula Scenic, City Highlights and Wildlife Tour

Ports of Call Tour - Dunedin - Starting from $200.00 per person

Experience the beauty of Dunedin in a small group, designed to have the most personalized attention. Join a fantastic 5 hour tour of Dunedin city highlights, spectacular scenery and unique wildlife. You will experience gorgeous and memorable scenery of Otago Peninsula with amazing beaches, bays. Your knowledgeable guide will show you the most breathtaking views and take you closer to nature and surrounding wildlife.
The tour will be enriched by one hour wildlife boat cruise at Taiaroa Head.... More...

Otago Peninsula package from Dunedin incl. City Sightseeing - full day

Otago Peninsula package from Dunedin incl. City Sightseeing - full day

Day Tour - Dunedin - Starting from NZ $265.00 per person

This premier tour includes Dunedin sightseeing, 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. The city sightseeing showcases Dunedin's heritage buildings and Dunedin and the world's steepest street - Baldwin Street. 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...


Modern and cosy room in a peaceful homeModern and cosy room in a peaceful home - Homestay.

Modern and cosy room in a peaceful home in Dunedin offers accommodation with free WiFi, 4.3 km from Otago Museum, 5 km...

Taieri Gorge Railway and the Otago Peninsula Day Trip from DunedinTaieri Gorge Railway and the Otago Peninsula Day Trip from Dunedin - Day Tour - Dunedin. Starting from $199.00 per person.

Explore the South Island’s gorgeous scenery on a full-day excursion from Dunedin. In the morning, travel aboard the...

 

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