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

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    What to Expect
    This is our most popular and multi-award winning tour, departing daily from Dunedin city in the afternoon to visit the beautiful Otago Peninsula and its wildlife 'hotspots'. The tour caters for small groups providing a glimpse into the world of tourism and conservation working in a symbiotic relationship for the benefit of the wildlife providing absolutely unrivalled viewing of estuarine and marine wildlife.

    Our knowledgeable guides deliver commentary of activity being viewed and visit isolated places inaccessible to others providing the best possible viewing of unique peninsula wildlife.  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 to and fro from the ocean. A further 25-30 other estuarine and marine bird species are seen during the experience around the bays and lagoons.

    Within our conservation area close up unobtrusive viewing from beach locations and strategically placed observation hides is guaranteed.  Most days Albatross are seen flying at Taiaroa headland, with a greater opportunity from our conservation area strategic observation point to see many other pelagic sea bird species flying close, including numerous petrel and shearwater species, and up to five other Albatross species are regularly seen and identified.


    Summer 6 - 6.5 hours    Winter 5 - 5.5 hours


    All year (except - Not available 25 and 31 December)
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    50 The Octagon, Dunedin, 9016, New Zealand

    Traveler pickup is offered
    We can pickup from Hotels, Motels and B&B's in the central Dunedin area.

    We do not pickup from AirBnB or Private residence.
    5h 30m
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    • Driver/guide
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off (selected hotels only)
    • Binoculars
    • Rain Jacket if required
    • Food and drinks
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • This Tour is not available to people arriving by cruise-ship.
    • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
    • Children must be accompanied by an adult
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

    The tour is a great opportunity to see wildlife up close and in their natural habitat. The tour took about 5.5hours, as per some of the reviews there is a lot of driving around and for some this maybe off putting, I took it that...More

    Thank jamiea226
    Reviewed 27 August 2019 via mobile

    This was a very interesting tour to get up close to the Otago wildlife. During the drive, the guide would keep a lookout on the different bird species we saw along the way and share more information on them as we drove by. Some walking...More

    Thank Fishyu1012
    Reviewed 7 August 2019

    I couldn’t go to New Zealand without trying to see penguins. And we sure did see them! This tour was great. The setting was amazing. Our guides knew a lot about the area and the animals including the best ways to see the animals. The...More

    Date of experience: April 2019
    Thank Ang061910
    Reviewed 24 May 2019 via mobile

    Do this tour when in Dunedin! I was extremely lucky to be the only person in shoulder season on this tour, yet my fantastic guide Tony took all afternoon driving me to places, doing detours and pointing out wildlife. Otago Peninsula is beautiful. Saw plenty...More

    Thank Ailton007
    Reviewed 12 May 2019

    We enjoy bird watching and Royal Albatross was high on our priority list when visiting Dunedin, NZ. We booked a package with Elm Wildlife Tours which consisted of Monarch Boat Cruise and Exploration of Otago peninsula for wildlife. First about the cruise – it was...More

    Date of experience: March 2019
    1  Thank Anil G
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