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Dunedin and the Otago Peninsula Wildlife Tour

  • Full-day tour of Dunedin city center and Otago Peninsula wildlife viewing, from Dunedin
  • See Dunedin highlights like Baldwin Street, Otago University, Dunedin Railway Station, the Octagon and Signal Hill lookout
  • Visit a yellow-eyed penguin reserve and get up close to this rare penguin species
Dunedin and the Otago Peninsula Wildlife Tour
From US$ 137.55
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Dunedin and the Otago Peninsula Wildlife Tour including entry to Larnach Castle. Departing at 8:45am
From US$ 151.38
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Dunedin and the Otago Peninsula Wildlife Tour Only. Departing at 9:45am
From US$ 137.55
9:45am Tour and Castle
Dunedin and the Otago Peninsula Wildlife Tour including entry to Larnach Castle. Departing at 9:45am
From US$ 151.38
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Peer at rare yellow-eyed penguins and visit nesting grounds of the northern royal albatross during a full-day tour of the Otago Peninsula and Dunedin. Spend your morning sightseeing in Dunedin’s city center, including highlights of the Octagon, followed by an optional visit to Larnach Castle. In the afternoon, immerse in the natural beauty of the Otago Peninsula and the scenic coast along Taiaroa Head. Numbers are limited to 19 people to allow for personalized attention from your informative guide.
What to Expect
See the highlights of Dunedin, Larnach Castle and the penguins of the Otago Peninsula — all in one day. After morning pickup from your Dunedin hotel or the Port Chalmers cruise port, your guide transports you by minivan throughout the city.

Get a look at steep Baldwin Street, the University of Otago and Dunedin Railway Station, renowned for its ornate Renaissance Revival design. You’ll pass Dunedin Town Hall and St Paul's Anglican Cathedral in the Octagon — the lively city center — and step out at the Signal Hill lookout for a wider view.

A 20-minute drive takes you to Larnach Castle (if option selected). Explore the extensive Larnach Gardens with your guide before free time to meander at your own pace. Opt to tour the mansion for a historical overview, including rumors of its haunting (own expense). You can purchase lunch at the ballroom cafe adjacent to Larnach Castle before continuing on.

Upon arrival at a nearby nature reserve on the Otago Peninsula, you’re greeted by a naturalist guide for a 1.5-hour tour to observe New Zealand’s yellow-eyed penguins. A moderate walk plus a descent of 90 steps takes you through hides for close-up viewing of the nesting site without disturbing the world’s rarest penguins.

Then rejoin your minivan for the drive to Taiaroa Head to visit nesting grounds for the northern royal albatross. Search for seabirds with the widest wingspans gliding over the headlands. Then marvel at the coastline on the return to Dunedin where your day trip ends.
Reviews (41)
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Reviewed 1 week ago
No penguins

A total fraud. Oli the guide was great but I booked the tour to see penguins and they are not there. They are out fishing and supposedly come back at night. DO NOT BOOK this tour if what you are looking for is seeing penguins,More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank mgiard27
Back2NatureTours, Chief TA Responder at Back to Nature Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi Mgiard27, Thank you for your feedback. We are one of the oldest tourism companies in Dunedin so we obviously take your feedback pretty seriously... the only problem is that we don't know who you are? Could you please let us know so we can...More

Reviewed 21 May 2018
A trip you must do when you go to Dunedin

We visited the Otago Peninsula with Matteo and the day was very enjoyable and memorable. As well as passing the beautiful beaches and landscapes of the Penisula, we were taken through wetlands and passed bush where we saw herons, oyster catchers, and even a NZ...More

Date of experience: May 2018
1  Thank davewgtn
Back2NatureTours, Owner at Back to Nature Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 7 September 2018

We're glad you enjoyed your trip on the Otago Peninsula - We'll pass your regards on:) Your're a Back to Nature Legend:) Haste Ye Back

Reviewed 12 March 2018 via mobile
Castle and wildlife tour

The tour guide, Sharon was very good. The van was way to crowded and uncomfortable. They added extra people at the last minute. We pay for a private tour to avoid being crowded.

1  Thank Churb2014
Back2NatureTours, Public Relations Manager at Back to Nature Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 24 April 2018

Hi Churb2014, You joined our 'shared group tour'?? These tours put like minded people together and there were a few seats left on the bus so I'm sorry if you felt crowded? Haste Ye Back!

Reviewed 7 March 2018 via mobile

We were lucky enough to have Sharon as our guide. Not only was she born and bred locally but she was also part Maori. Very proud of her roots she spoke with genuine love and enthusiasm for her part of this beautiful county. We got...More

Thank IvorL890
Reviewed 7 January 2018
Great tour!

Was a wonderful trip out on the boat and followed with the penguin reserve. Saw so many different animals! Penguins, dolphins, albatross, seals...The kids loved it!

Date of experience: November 2017
Thank BarbaraJ2466
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Response from stubbzmom | Reviewed this property |
The tour guide gave us water and delicious chocolate. No lunch was provided. We could have purchased lunch at the albatross center, but chose not to.