Did a couple of rides out here and was able to not only satisfy my cycling wants but also got up close with the wildlife. Even if you drive it's a must do when in Dunedin.
The Dunedin outfit called Elm Nature Tour provided my wife and I with a spectacular and truly thorough experience in getting up-close to wonderful marine mammals on the coast of the Otago Peninsula. The tour was in a small bus/large van taking about 20 people, and the driver and tour guide both were highly educated experts in the field of... More
We spent a day on the Otago Peninsula, touring the beaches and sights. We took the Monarch Boat tour, hiked to the Chasm and Lovers' Leap. We were fortunate that no cruise ships were is that day (definitely try to schedule any visit not to coincide with one of these).
If you are in the Dunedin area, do not miss driving out to the Otago Peninsula. The scenery here us outstanding and among the very best we saw in our tour of the South Island. The dusk penguin viewing at the Royal Albatross centre was wonderful but just tooooo cold!
For this trip start with the road that leads to the Highcliff Road which will give you great views of the harbour, dry stone walls and take you to Larnach Castle for morning tea, lunch a trip round the beautiful gardens and the castle itself. You can visit the village of Portobello before heading for the wildlife centres to see... More
If you love wildlife and birds, this is the place for you. Home of the only Royal Albatross land-based colony in the world (200 of them, 34 with nests when we were there), little blue penguins, the rare yellow-eyed penguin (200 of them) and Hooker's sea lion (600 of them), and lots of waterfowl will keep you busy for a... More
If you are coming to Dunedin plan to stay an extra day and take in the Otago Peninsula. If you have good weather the views are sensational and there is just so much to see and do. I have been there several times over the years and never tire of it.
There are several excellent commercial trips around the Peninsula, but it is also a great place to explore on your own. Sandymount with its spectacular cliff formations, Sandfly Bay and Allens Beach are wonderful expansive beaches, Harbour Cone is a delightful short climb and if you can get hold of a kayak, Broad Bay, St Martin's Island and Pilots Beach... More
The Otago Peninsula is absolutely beautiful! Depending on how long you have available to visit, choose your time of day according to what you want to see most. There are seabirds and marine mammals, plus the Royal Albatross Centre and Natures Wonders, but you'll need more than a half hour visit to see it all. Drive yourself but take care... More
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