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

Awa Tour

Awa Tour

Maori - Dunedin - Starting from $180.00 per person

Traverse the beautiful Waikouaiti River on our waka ama (outrigger) or waka unua (double hull) with our experienced and knowledgeable guides. Learn about our local ecological restoration projects and give back to the whenua (land) by choosing and planting a native tree.
Tour numbers are limited so that we can personalize your tour.

The tour length is four hours and includes a light lunch and tea & coffee at our sunny premises. More...

Otago Peninsula Scenic and City Highlights Tour

Otago Peninsula Scenic and City Highlights Tour

Day Tour - Dunedin - Starting from $150.00 per person

Start at Port Chalmers to experience the beauty of Dunedin on a fantastic 5 hour tour of rich heritage, spectacular scenery. You will experience gorgeous and memorable landscape of Otago Peninsula with amazing string of rugged beaches, bays and wildlife. Your knowledgeable guide will show you the most breathtaking views and take you closer to nature and its wildlife.
Spend some free time at Royal Albatross Centre: this place offers the world's only mainland colony of Royal Albatross. Here... More...

Dunedin City, Wildlife and Scenery Tour

Dunedin City, Wildlife and Scenery Tour

Maori - - Starting from $119.00 per person

Explore spectacular Dunedin city and Otago Peninsula on this full-day small group tour (6 people Max). Visit Baldwin St (steepest street in the world), the University of Otago and Dunedin’s famous Scottish heritage sites. Then we will travel alongside the picturesque Otago harbour and head across to Sandfly Bay to spot local wildlife. Lunch is taken at the beautiful and historic Larnach Castle. We then journey to the rugged coastline and a visit to unique Tunnel Beach. More...

Otago Peninsula Bike Tour from Dunedin

Otago Peninsula Bike Tour from Dunedin

Bike Tour - Dunedin - Starting from $99.00 per person

Landscape, wildlife and history come together to make the Otago Peninsula one of the premier biking destinations. On this 4 hour small group bike tour, you will experience the remote beauty of the Otago Peninsula. Bike the quiet gravel roads, view wildlife, and walk along deserted white sandy beaches, home to penguins, seals and sea lions. More...

Peninsula Encounters - Standard tour - Penguins, Seals, Sea-lions and Albatross

Peninsula Encounters - Standard tour - Penguins, Seals, Sea-lions and Albatross

Adventure Tour - Dunedin - Starting from $122.00 per person

Our knowledgeable guides deliver commentary of activity. Our private conservation area ensures exclusivity with brilliant opportunities to photograph Hooker's Sea lions, Yellow-eyed Penguins, Blue Penguins, a breeding colony of New Zealand Fur Seals and other sea bird colonies.  At Taiaroa head from a cliff face we watch and observe Royal Albatross flying about the headland and from the ocean. A further 25-30 other estuarine and marine bird species are seen during the experience around the... More...



Wee Gem in Dowling StreetWee Gem in Dowling Street - Apartment.

Wee Gem in Dowling Street is located in the Dunedin City Centre district of Dunedin, 2.5 km from Otago Museum, 2.7 km...

Small Group Larnach Castle TourSmall Group Larnach Castle Tour - Historic - Dunedin. Starting from $145.00 per person.

Enjoy a personalized small group tour of Larnach Castle and Dunedin City. This is a 6 to 7 hour fully guided tour that...

 

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