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Otago Peninsula Wildlife Tour + Penguin Place (2P)

Add a visit to see Yellow-eyed Penguins to your T2 tour!

 

Tour Timetable:

Adult: $148
Child: $55 (5-14yrs)

Tour departs from: 
20 Fryatt St, Dunedin

Summer:
8:30am - 2:00pm
(cruise out/bus back to city)
1:30pm - 7:00pm
(bus out/cruise back to city) 

Winter:
1:00pm - 6:00pm
(cruise out/bus back to city)


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A fantastic tour for lovers of southern wildlife! 

See a yellow-eyed penguin (world's rarest penguin) in its natural environment. 

 

As you cruise the length of the Otago Harbour, our skipper will show you Careys Bay historic fishing village,
the busy working wharves of Port Chalmers and Otago Harbour’s beautiful bays, hills and farmland.
You’ll learn about the harbour’s volcanic geology and its fascinating Maori and European history.

Enjoy our Wildlife Cruise around Taiaroa Head, the worlds only mainland nesting place of Royal Albatross.

Whilst cruising you'll watch as NZ Furseals 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,
and you may see penguins, dolphins and other marine mammals.

Once disembarking the boat you will then 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 your best chance of seeing them in the wild!

Hear about the conservation & volunteer work in place to ensure the survival of this special species, part of
your ticket cost goes directly back into helping continue these efforts 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).

Our bus will bring you back to the city via scenic roads along the beautiful Otago Peninsula.

 

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Half Day Tour: 
Cruise one-way down the harbour, experience our Wildlife Cruise, then Penguin Place and enjoy a scenic bus ride back to Dunedin.

 

Medium fitness required on this tour.

Approx 1km walking on uneven ground plus 90 steps. Sturdy shoes are advised.


This tour departs daily from 20 Fryatt St, Dunedin.

Co-ordinates: -45.879008, 170.507207


Complimentary pickup/dropoffs are available.

Please request when making your booking -  city accommodation only.

 

What else you should know...

  • Cruise ship guests can be picked up from Port Chalmers, you'll be dropped after to the Dunedin city shuttle terminal.
  • Windy cool “bad weather” is actually great weather for watching albatross soaring. We love a cold southerly wind!
  • Warm jackets are provided and the aft deck is enclosed and heated.
  • Binoculars, commentary, and multi language information sheets are provided.
  • Souvenirs and refreshments can be bought from our fully licensed galley.
  • Complimentary tea and coffee on the Harbour Cruise.
  • Children aged 1-5yrs travel free of charge with a full paying parent/guardian.

For more information visit our FAQ page.

 

We will expecting you at our Fryatt Street office!