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5 of 5 bubbles Review of Otago Peninsula

Otago Peninsula
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 10, 2014

Those Moeraki Boulders are HUGE! Be sure to climb inside the broken ones for a great picture. It can be a bit breezy so take a jacket.

Visited September 2013
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“You must take a drive here”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 8, 2014

It's not a long drive & it's worth it. The views are fantastic. We had a picnic & fed the ducks. There's a playground. Saw a couple of albatross flying overhead at the end of the peninsula.

Visited July 2014
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“Beautiful scenery!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 3, 2014

The Otago Peninsula has some really beautiful scenery- very photogenic, especially with the fine weather we had! We spent most of our time at the wonderful Larnach Castle, and just enjoying the scenery.

Visited September 2013
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“It was ok.”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 31, 2014 via mobile

We went out to the Peninsula around 3pm on a Thursday afternoon and assumed that because it's a major tourist attraction then there'd be some food outlets or small cafes. Only 1 of the 4 food outlets we went to (including the actual pub) had either stopped serving food or were closed so make sure you get lunch before you head out. We thought Lanarch Castle would have good food so we headed there but it was a $28 fee purely for entry through the front gates! Allow about 40 minutes to drive from Dunedin to the far tip of the Peninsula. Don't be fooled by tourist maps that say the tip is the best place to see sea lion and penguin colonies. We were informed by staff at the Albatross centre that this was highly unlikely and that we should turn around and head back to Sandfly Bay which was 20 minutes in the direction we had just come from. Thus we did and managed to see some wild sea lions - gorgeous! Park your car in the carpark and it's either a 5 minute walk to the lookout over the dunes (if this is as far as you are going then take binoculars) or a 15 minute walk down steep terrain to the actual shore line where you are metres from the animals. There were no penguins in sight but there were a few sea lions. Allow at least a good hour from the carpark and back. The views along both the ocean road and the mountain road are gorgeous but not for the faint hearted or vehicles that are in need of a service. I was a little disappointed as we had driven 3.5 hours from Queenstown based on reviews and tourist maps.

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Tony M, Owner at Otago Peninsula, responded to this review, October 7, 2014
Yep - the old girl is not one for the feint hearted, or if your wheels are quite up to the challenge. And you drove from QT to come visit? An impressive feat, and one I've not heard of too many other folks doing. (Dunedin Tourism... you reading this??? These folks drove from Queenstown to visit our neck of the woods. How often do you hear of that happening?)

Thanks for visiting (and we hope the seaward drive wasn't that scary...)
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“Beautiful place”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 30, 2014

The place is a very scenic place where we just took our time and enjoyed the view slowly. My party managed to capture some great photos of it and since it's my 2nd time here, I just slowed down and enjoyed my time. The journey was slightly cut short as, as usual, the sudden rain appeared and we had to leave the place.

Visited September 2013
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