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

Shore Excursion: Dunedin Highlights Small-Group Tour

Shore Excursion: Dunedin Highlights Small-Group Tour

Ports of Call Tour - Dunedin - Starting from $110.00 per person

Make the most of your time on this half-day "Highlights" small group (up to 12 people), personal tour. You will see and learn about Dunedin and the Otago Peninsula with your guide being able to take you places the coach tours cannot reach. You will also have the option to take in some additional sights.

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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...

Dunedin Shore Excursion: Dunedin and Otago Peninsula Wildlife Tour with Optional Larnach Castle Visit

Dunedin Shore Excursion: Dunedin and Otago Peninsula Wildlife Tour with Optional Larnach Castle Visit

Ports of Call Tour - Dunedin - Starting from $193.00 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...

Shore Excursion: Personalized Tour of Dunedin

Shore Excursion: Personalized Tour of Dunedin

Ports of Call Tour - Dunedin - Starting from $300.00 per person

Enjoy a half-day personalized tour of Dunedin on this small group shore excursion. This tour has a maximum of 4 people allowing you to see the best of Dunedin on this personal experience. Your tour can include wildlife, historic buildings and wonderful scenery or if you have a preference on what you want to see, you can be taken there adding a little bit of history on the way. As this is a small group tour it allows stops when and where you want and you will be taken to all of those top... More...


Dunedin and the Otago Peninsula Wildlife Tour

Dunedin and the Otago Peninsula Wildlife Tour

Wildlife - Dunedin - Starting from $193.00 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...


Woodlands Motels And ApartmentsWoodlands Motels And Apartments - Motel.

Woodlands Motel & Apartments are in the city of Dunedin, next to the university. Self-contained apartments with free...

Dunedin Shore Excursion: Taieri Gorge Railway Tour and City SightseeingDunedin Shore Excursion: Taieri Gorge Railway Tour and City Sightseeing - Ports of Call Tour - Dunedin. Starting from $165.00 per person.

When your cruise ship docks in Dunedin, take a trip through the spectacular scenery surrounding the Taieri River on...

 

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