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

Forest walk, Natural Heritage, City Sights - Join is on our URBAN ESCAPE tour

Forest walk, Natural Heritage, City Sights - Join is on our URBAN ESCAPE tour

Maori - Dunedin - Starting from $60.00 per person

We will visit iconic, yet ‘hidden gems’ of Dunedin’s urban nature. Explore and experience the sights and sounds of native bush, only minutes from the city centre.
Your guide will share stories about the unique properties of the many tree species such as kānuka, lemonwood and lancewood and explain how these were used by Māori and European settlers. As we wander beneath the forest canopy, listen for bird-song of iconic New Zealand native birds, including tui, kererῡ (wood pigeon), korimako... More...

Full-Day Wildlife Tour from Dunedin

Full-Day Wildlife Tour from Dunedin

Wildlife - Dunedin - Starting from $175.00 per person

Visit the habitat of one of the world's rarest penguins. Walk through a private nature reserve on this guided tour to see the rare Yellow Eyed Penguin, Little Blue Penguins and NZ Furseals in the wild. Specially designed hides allow for close viewing of penguin in their nesting habitat. 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... 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...

Taieri Gorge Railway and the Otago Peninsula Day Trip from Dunedin

Taieri Gorge Railway and the Otago Peninsula Day Trip from Dunedin

Day Tour - Dunedin - Starting from $199.00 per person

Explore the South Island’s gorgeous scenery on a full-day excursion from Dunedin. In the morning, travel aboard the Taieri Gorge Railway through stunning mountain landscapes en route to Pukerangi. Then return to Dunedin for an afternoon tour of the Otago Peninsula by minivan. Get personalized attention from your knowledgeable guide on this small-group tour limited to 19 people. 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...


Taieri RetreatTaieri Retreat - Homestay.

Set in lovely gardens, Taieri Retreat homestay is a hosted accommodation in Mosgiel. There is access to a lounge at the...

Small-Group Tour of Dunedin CitySmall-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...

 

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