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 and Otago Peninsula Wildlife Tour with Optional Larnach Castle Visit

Dunedin and Otago Peninsula Wildlife Tour with Optional Larnach Castle Visit

Ports of Call Tour - Dunedin - Starting from $199.00 per person

While you’re in port in Dunedin, explore the history and landscapes of the Otago Peninsula on this 7.5-hour tour. Travel through Dunedin as a guide points out local landmarks including Baldwin Street and the historic railway station. Stroll among the flowerbeds of the pretty Larnach Castle gardens, and upgrade to include entry to Larnach Castle — where New Zealand’s Victorian history comes to life. Then, head along the Otago Peninsula — home to native albatross, fur seals, penguins, and sea... More...

Peninsula Encounters - Standard tour - Penguins, Seals, Sea-lions and Albatross

Peninsula Encounters - Standard tour - Penguins, Seals, Sea-lions and Albatross

Adventure Tour - Dunedin - Starting from $122.00 per person

Our knowledgeable guides deliver commentary of activity. Our private conservation area ensures exclusivity with brilliant opportunities to photograph Hooker's Sea lions, Yellow-eyed Penguins, Blue Penguins, a breeding colony of New Zealand Fur Seals and other sea bird colonies.  At Taiaroa head from a cliff face we watch and observe Royal Albatross flying about the headland and from the ocean. A further 25-30 other estuarine and marine bird species are seen during the experience around the... More...


Southern Scenic Private Full Day Tour - 12 hours

Southern Scenic Private Full Day Tour - 12 hours

Day Tour - Queenstown - Starting from $1950.00 per person

A 12 hour day opens up a whole list of options for you. We can reach far and wide in the comfort of your personal private vehicle. This is a fantastic choice for travellers who fly in and out of Queenstown but would like to experience more of New Zealand beyond the main cities and towns.
Be picked up from your accommodation by your experienced local driver-guide in a late model private vehicle. Have your tour tailored around you and your interests - See and do the things you'll enjoy and... More...

Otago Peninsula Wildlife Day Tour

Otago Peninsula Wildlife Day Tour

Maori - Dunedin - Starting from $260.00 per person

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 conservation ranger. Likewise, James has a... More...


Dunedin City Highlights, Castle Gardens & Wildlife Cruise Tour

Dunedin City Highlights, Castle Gardens & Wildlife Cruise Tour

Castle - Dunedin - Starting from $245.00 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. The tour includes a 2 hour wildlife cruise designed for small groups to see unique wildlife of Otago harbour. You will experience memorable landscape of Otago Peninsula with amazing string of rugged beaches, bays. Your knowledgeable guide will show you the most breathtaking views. Your tour will include an entry to the garden of the only castle of... More...


Scenic Hotel Southern CrossScenic Hotel Southern Cross - Hotel.

Dunedin's largest and most prestigious hotel, the Scenic Hotel Southern Cross, enjoys a premium location in the heart...

The SeasiderThe Seasider - Rail Tour - Dunedin. Starting from NZ $89.00 per adult - Railway Station.

Run by the Taieri Gorge Railway, The Seasider train is Dunedin's scenic coastal tourist train operating from the...

 

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