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Otago Peninsula

#2 of 109 things to do in Dunedin Features Animals
Dunedin, New Zealand
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Reviewed 2 days ago

We took an overnight shore excursion from Dunedin to Queenstown. The bus ride is about 4 hours but the scenery is worth every single minute. We stopped for a great lunch at a local farm, visited the bungy jumping and had lots of fun

Thank gatototo
Reviewed 2 days ago

Stunning views for everyone but the driver as this roads twists and turns as it hugs the coastline. Allow the driver to have plenty of stops so they can enjoy vistas a various viewpoints.

Thank RosieFifeGirl
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We only spent half a day here looking for seals. Unfortunately we didn't find any but had fun walking the beaches, looking around rocky cliffs and generally just exploring. This place is picturesque and makes me want to pack up and move to the peninsula....More

Thank BhuddaBud
Reviewed 4 days ago

We took a lovely scenic, circular drive around the peninsula. Great views, even though the weather was not great. You need to take a little care as the roads are narrow and winding.

Thank PamNottingham_UK
Reviewed 4 days ago

Magnificent scenery and a spectacular drive out there around the water. Trying not to run off the road whilst looking around is the hardest bit!

Thank Seamunkee
Reviewed 5 days ago

The Otago Peninsula is a spectacular wildlife area minutes from the centre of Dunedin city. There are many opportunities to view wildlife and to explore the many walks. Some favourite walks are up Harbour Cone and up to Lover's Leap and the Chasm at Sandymount....More

Thank patsydunedin
Reviewed 5 days ago

The drive is amazing. Curvy coast drive, think Princess Grace in Monaco driving along the winding roads along the coast. Well, not quite that romantic, however, close. We saw seals and sea gulls and penguins not far away.

Thank easypeasy2013
Reviewed 1 week ago

If you're headed down to Dunedin make sure to set aside a day (or two) for the pennisula. We came down last year and only had a day, so had to come back this year to finish it off! There's only a few attractions (Albatross,...More

Thank kiwieric
Reviewed 1 week ago

This was a lovely area to drive in. Obviously you would need a car to enjoy the area unless you were on a tour. We did see a few large busses. The weather cooperated and we were glad that we had gone.

Thank JoanMarietta_GA
Reviewed 1 week ago

The 2-lane road is a little small, but it has good views of Dunedin over the water. The sun shines on the water in the morning and makes for some great photos.

Thank The S
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We intend to spend our Christmas day driving the Peninsula. What are our chances of finding any shops or cafes open?
16 November 2016|
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Response from cynthia m | Reviewed this property |
Sorry I have no idea about on Christmas Day but there are great views and walks. There are a lot of tourists so a cafe or bakery may be open and it should be open in Dunedin which is the start of the peninsula 8:30 is the... More
We are spending 2 nights in Dunedin at the end of March. (but we will be arriving late afternoon the first day). We want to see Penquin Place, the Albatross colony, perhaps Lanarch castle, and just generally tour the whole peninsula. We are on a self-drive tour. Someone suggested that for all we wanted to see we may want to book a Monarch Wildlife cruise that lasts all day. That way we wouldn't have to drive between all the stops and then, of course, still pay the fees for each activity. Right about now, having someone else drive for a day is sounding pretty good. but the Monarch tour is quite expensive. How would you suggest one sees the most of the Otago Peninsula in that one day?
10 October 2016|
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Response from cynthia m | Reviewed this property |
I think self driving gives more flexibility and we just toured the peninsula in one day with a car. Very narrow roads but wonderful views and plan in being at the end of the peninsula for an 8:30 pm view if penguins coming... More
Ng C
Hi, Do you have to join a group tour to see the Penguins? Or we can visit ourselves? Thanks!
11 February 2016|
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Response from HarshButFair51 | Reviewed this property |
It is a difficult question to answer but I can give some advice based on my own experience of the Pensinsula, having been there five or six times. New Zealand has become very 'commercial' over the past decade and, with the... More