Otago Peninsula

Extending out into the ocean and less than an hour’s drive from central Dunedin, The Otago Peninsula is home to an abundance of some of New Zealand’s most diverse and captivating wildlife.

Home to the rare yellow eyed penguin, fur seals and sea lions, you’ll also find the only land based breeding colony for Albatross in the world, along with some rugged, wild countryside, lovely hidden bays and coves and interesting historical sites.

Driving from Dunedin you’ll enjoy breath-taking cliff views down over Dunedin Harbour, and as the road dips down and winds along the headland you’ll spot Lanarch castle, The only Castle In New Zealand and well worth a stop off to take in the 35 acres of grounds and gardens or explore the historic house and learn about William Lanarch, who built the impressive mansion for his wife Eliza in 1871.

Head out to Taiaroa heads and spend some time at the Albatross colony to hear the fascinating story of these great birds. Take a walk out to the observatory to view the birds and wander through the McMillan Gallery to learn about the history and wildlife of the area.

For more of an up close and personal experience, book a tour with the family run Elm Wildlife Tours, where, led by one of their expert guides, you’ll explore some of the area’s most spectacular wildlife spots, and gain an insight into how conservation and tourism are working together for the benefit of the precious wildlife.

What our travellers enjoyed about the Otago Peninsula…

  • The windswept ruggedness of the coastline and the abundant wildlife and nature that makes it their home
  • The breath-taking views and sheer cliff faces of ‘Lovers Leap’ and ‘The Chasm’
  • Climbing up to the top of Harbour Cone and enjoying the views from 100 feet above sea level