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

Peninsula Cruise/Bus from Dunedin - half day

Peninsula Cruise/Bus from Dunedin - half day

Half-day Tour - Dunedin - Starting from NZ $89.00 per person

Cruise the length of the beautiful Otago Harbour before embarking on an exploration of Taiaroa Head's spectacular wildlife and a scenic Otago Peninsula bus tour. An unforgettable experience awaits; get up close to the wealth of wildlife and be fascinated and exhilarated by the dramatic views of Otago Peninsula and the South Pacific Ocean.

Experience unrivalled viewing of the exciting and diverse wildlife that makes its home on Otago Peninsula's spectacular Taiaroa Head. Visit the world's... 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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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...

Otago Peninsula package from Dunedin incl. Larnach Castle - full day

Otago Peninsula package from Dunedin incl. Larnach Castle - full day

Day Tour - Dunedin - Starting from NZ $275.00 per person

This premier tour of the Otago Peninsula includes 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, a visit to wading bird habitats, and Larnach Castle.

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... More...

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...


Alcala Motor LodgeAlcala Motor Lodge - Motel.

Alcala Motor Lodge offers affordable accommodation just minutes from Dunedin Botanic Gardens and Otago Museum and...

Taieri Gorge RailwayTaieri Gorge Railway - Rail Tour - Dunedin. Starting from NZ $89.00 per adult - Railway Station.

The Taieri Gorge train is Dunedin's prestige tourist train operating from the historic Dunedin Railway Station.

 

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