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

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...


Private Guided Tour of Dunedin City Heritage and Unique Wildlife and Scenery

Private Guided Tour of Dunedin City Heritage and Unique Wildlife and Scenery

Private Tour - Dunedin - Starting from $750.00 per person

Enjoy Dunedin on a private tour, tailored just for your group of up to 6 passengers. A knowledgeable driver - guide will show you the best spots in Dunedin in a comfortable van. You will be very flexible and can spend any amount of time at all the stops.
There is an option fo a bigger group too.

Scenic drive through the city and on Otago Peninsula to view the most breathtaking views. You will enjoy a stop at Royal Albatross Centre (about 1 hour), the world's only mainland... 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...

Dunedin and the Otago Peninsula Wildlife Tour

Dunedin and the Otago Peninsula Wildlife Tour

Wildlife - Dunedin - Starting from $199.00 per person

See the highlights of Dunedin’s city center and Larnach Castle in the morning, then spend the afternoon immersed in the natural beauty of the Otago Peninsula. Visit the nesting grounds of the rare and endangered yellow-eyed penguin and northern royal albatross as you explore the scenic coast along Taiaroa Head. Small-group tour with a maximum of 19 people allows for personalized attention from your knowledgeable guide. More...

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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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.

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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