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

Full-Day Wildlife Tour from Dunedin

Full-Day Wildlife Tour from Dunedin

Wildlife - Dunedin - Starting from $175.00 per person

Visit one of the world's rarest penguins in their natural environment, 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 full commentary provided along with complimentary light refreshments and chilled bottled water for everyone on board. Enjoy our personal attention to your interests in this small group tour. More...

Taieri Gorge Railway and the Otago Peninsula Day Trip from Dunedin

Taieri Gorge Railway and the Otago Peninsula Day Trip from Dunedin

Day Tour - Dunedin - Starting from $189.00 per person

Explore the South Island’s gorgeous scenery on a full-day excursion from Dunedin. In the morning, travel aboard the Taieri Gorge Railway through stunning mountain landscapes en route to Pukerangi. Then return to Dunedin for an afternoon tour of the Otago Peninsula by minivan. Get personalized attention from your knowledgeable guide on this small-group tour limited to 19 people. More...

Dunedin Shore Excursion: Small-Group Tour of Dunedin

Dunedin Shore Excursion: Small-Group Tour of Dunedin

Ports of Call Tour - Dunedin - Starting from $63.00 per person

Make the most of your shore excursion in Dunedin, the oldest city in New Zealand, which boasts impressive architecture and many hidden secrets. Escape the crowds and venture out to explore parts of the town belt, coastline and central city on a small group tour packed with interest. Stunning lookouts, beautiful beaches, wonderful architecture and rolling hills await you.

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Small-Group Tour of Dunedin City

Small-Group Tour of Dunedin City

Half-day Tour - Dunedin - Starting from $63.00 per person

Make the most of your visit to Dunedin, the oldest city in New Zealand, which boasts impressive architecture and many hidden secrets. Escape the crowds and venture out to explore parts of the town belt, coastline and central city on a small group tour packed with interest. Ancient trees, stunning lookouts, beautiful beaches, wonderful architecture and rolling hills await you.

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Castle and Wildlife Cruise - Half Day

Castle and Wildlife Cruise - Half Day

Sightseeing Cruise - Dunedin - Starting from NZ $125.00 per person

An unforgettable experience awaits, the highlight of your Dunedin visit! Enjoy a fully guided tour of New Zealand's only castle, Larnach Castle, built in 1871, followed by a Wildlife cruise on NZ's most picturesque harbour and peninsula with Monarch Wildlife Cruises.

Be fascinated and exhilarated with the wealth of wildlife, dramatic views, so close, so natural - the only way to see it all - Otago Peninsula, Otago Harbour, Taiaroa Head with three time New Zealand Tourism Award winners... More...


Heriot Lane City ApartmentsHeriot Lane City Apartments - Apartment, Motel.

Surrounded by Dunedin Town Green Belt, stay in these private, quiet, spacious, sunny, and warm apartments.

Dunedin Airport Arrival Transfer - To HotelsDunedin Airport Arrival Transfer - To Hotels - Airport & Hotel Transfer - Arrival - Dunedin. Starting from $44.00 per person.

Let the drivers collect you from the Dunedin Airport and drop you off at your accommodation doorstep. They'll even...

 

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