HALF DAY TOUR
T2P - OTAGO PENINSULA
WILDLIFE TOUR + PENGUIN PLACE
Adult: $154 | Child: $56 (5-14yrs) | Infant: $0 (0-4yrs)
WILDLIFE CRUISE + OTAGO HARBOUR CRUISE
SCENIC BUS TOUR + PENGUIN PLACE CONSERVATION RESERVE
Bus out early-afternoon along the scenic roads of the Otago Peninsula.
Enjoy a 90 min guided tour of the Penguin Place Conservation Reserve. Their guides will explain why the beautiful, quirky yellow-eyed penguin is the most endangered in the world, found only on the south-east coast of New Zealand. This is a great chance to see them in the wild, around their nesting sites!
Hear about the conservation & volunteer work that takes place to ensure the survival of this special species. A portion of your ticket cost goes directly back into helping efforts continue on in to the future.
A short bus ride over the farm takes small groups to the reserve, where your guide will lead you on foot through unique covered trenches into viewing hides. These allow close viewing and photography of the breeding behaviour and chicks of this shy penguin (viewing is varied depending on the time of year).
Next you'll board our Wildlife Cruise around Taiaroa Head, the worlds only mainland nesting place of royal albatross. From the comfort of our sturdy boat we aim to put you in a great position to view them soaring between the ocean and their nests.
Whilst cruising you'll watch as NZ fur seals play and swim near their breeding colonies, out at sea you can spot up to 20 species of rarely seen ocean birds including other albatross species and petrels. You may be lucky and see penguins, dolphins, sealions and other local marine mammals.
To finish the tour you’ll cruise the length of the Otago Harbour. Our skipper will show you Careys Bay, the historic fishing village, the busy working wharves of Port Chalmers and Otago Harbour’s beautiful bays, hills and farmland.
1 OCTOBER - 8 APRIL
start: 01:30pm | finish: 07:00pm
- bus out & cruise back to Dunedin
9 APRIL - 30 SEPTEMBER
start: 12:30pm | finish: 06:00pm
- cruise out, bus back to Dunedin.
A medium level of fitness is required on this tour. You may be required to walk up to one kilometre over uneven ground and potentially climb 90 steps along the way. Please contact us if you are unsure if you meet the requirements.
During the summer months we do offer a morning tour departure, however we recommend the afternoon tour for your best chance of viewing these rare birds.
Can I get picked up from my accommodation?
Yes, we offer complimentary pickups from central Dunedin hotels, motels, backpackers and the iSite visitor centre. Please request when making your booking. We also have free all-day carparking available at our 20 Fryatt St, Dunedin office.
How many penguins will I see?
Bird viewing numbers will vary depending on the season and breeding cycle. With only 250 breeding pairs left on the South Island we are very lucky to see these rare birds in the wild. We generally see at least one penguin, sometimes more during the early breeding months.
This tour departs from:
20 Fryatt Street, Dunedin