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

Catlins Coastal Helicopter Tour from Queenstown

Catlins Coastal Helicopter Tour from Queenstown

Helicopter Tour - Queenstown - Starting from $12185.00 per person

The Catlins Coastal Helicopter tour takes you for a 6-hour unique wildlife experience on the remote Southern coast of New Zealand’s South Island.
Your private helicopter charter for up to 6 guests will have you flying south over beautiful Lake Wakatipu past the Hector Mountains and over the Southland plains, where you will see lots of sheep and cattle dotting the fertile farmland below before you meet the Southern Coast of New Zealand and the Catlins Conservation area.
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Dunedin Shore Excursion: Taieri Gorge Railway and the Otago Peninsula Day Trip from Dunedin

Dunedin Shore Excursion: Taieri Gorge Railway and the Otago Peninsula Day Trip from Dunedin

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

This tour combines an unforgettable way to explore inland Dunedin by railway and also visit the stunning Otago Peninsula. The Taieri Gorge Railway provides a look at the vast landscape of Dunedin with spectacular views as you travel through narrow tunnels, along sharp curves, over deep ravines and through the Taieri River Gorge. The second half of the day continues with an exploration of Otago Peninsula’s rugged coastline, where some of the best photo opportunities can be experienced, as you... 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...


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...

Wildlife Cruise from Wellers Rock - 1 hour

Wildlife Cruise from Wellers Rock - 1 hour

Wildlife - Otago Peninsula - Starting from NZ $49.00 per person

An unforgettable experience awaits; be fascinated and exhilarated with the wealth of wildlife and the dramatic views of Taiaroa Head and the South Pacific Ocean up close.

Experience unrivalled viewing of the exciting and diverse wildlife that makes its home on Otago Peninsula's spectacular Taiaroa Head. Visit the world's only mainland nesting place for Northern Royal Albatross, a colony of New Zealand Fur Seals, and eight other nesting bird species.

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Bella Vista Motel DunedinBella Vista Motel Dunedin - Motel.

Bella Vista Dunedin provides accommodation a 10-minute walk from the city, the University of Otago and three blocks...

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

 

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