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Otago Peninsula

#2 of 106 things to do in Dunedin Features Animals
Dunedin, New Zealand
+64 3-478 1055
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Small-Group Tour of Dunedin City
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Dunedin Shore Excursion: Small-Group Tour of Dunedin
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Drove out via the high road and returned via the waterside road Each turn presented spectacular views of the peninsula and surrounding water Visited Lanarch castle as it was on way and enjoyed morning tea and gardens Drove out to the end The Albatross visitor...More

Thank Rotiman1
Reviewed 2 days ago

Reallly great drive from Dunedin. Beautiful Scenary. We took the high road leaving Dunedin and the low road when returning. We visited the Royal Albatross Center and got see several chicks and saw one Parent returning to feed. Magnificant birds. We visited one of the...More

Thank jpape_titusville
Reviewed 3 days ago

After a visit to the Port Chalmers lookout - we continued up the road to the end at Aramoana. Not much traffic and very scenic.

Thank AndrewMN
Reviewed 4 days ago

Stunning views were ever you go. There's a good reason that 90% of photos of New Zealand come from the south Island.

Thank Finn L
Reviewed 1 week ago

Stunning drive. We took the Portobello Road drive around the peninsula - this road hugs the coastline, and I do mean hug! Very hairy in places but oh so beautiful. If you have the time it is a must do. If you have the time...More

Thank Lisa G
Reviewed 1 week ago

We drove down one side of the harbour to Lyttelton and then drove through Dunedin and down the other side of the Peninsula - wow what great scenic vistas... Bonus trip would be the drive up Mount Cargill to overlook the amazing views.

Thank Rus H
Reviewed 1 week ago

A must-do from the Otago region. Very close to Dunedin (a bit more than 1 hour to the end of the peninsula). In a few words : awesome scenic drive, nice long and empty beaches where you can spot sea lions (and penguins if you're...More

1  Thank KiwixWilson
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Wonderful to get to the albatross colony and luckily it was a windy day so the adult birds were flying. Be warned though, if you have mobility problems, it can be very tricky.

Thank Bev-Max
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

By all means, rent yourself a car and drive down the bay - Otago harbor on a good day is so pretty, you can stop along the way and have lunch at Portabello, drive all the way down to the albatross colony and see the...More

1  Thank Flip-traverler
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you're going to Dunedin and you've done your research, you're already planning to visit the Royal Albatross Centre. Take some time to enjoy the Otago Peninsula. The drive is great and the sights are fantastic.

1  Thank Sandro M
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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?
17 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?
11 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