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Reviewed 6 April 2018

We took a young lady relative down the peninsula the other day. It was a glorious day and she just loved reminiscing and seeing the changes as well. Having left Dunedin, New Zealand (her home town) about ten years ago she found the Peninsula as special as ever.

My penpal and her friend from USA came to stay in February and they just loved the Peninsula. They took heaps of photos and were impressed with the walkway down from the Albatross Colony overlooking Pilots Beach. There were several seals on the rocks both there and over the other bank from the car park too. They bought several items from the tourist shop by the cafe and enjoyed the food and drink as well the information/gallery room.

The views across the harbour were spectacular towards the mole on each occasion and there were cruise ships in the distance at Port Chalmers.

Calling in to buy Happy Hens on the way was a definite highlight. They had heard about them overseas and buying a hand painted one and meeting the artist was pretty special to them.

The Portobello ice cream shop was another highlight and driving around to look at the outside of the Otakau Marae was of great interest to the keen photographer amongst us.

Each trips was most successful and enjoyed by all.

Thank Shona B
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Reviewed 5 April 2018

loved to just take my time and drive around. What a beautiful spot on earth. Take it slow and enjoy the roads, views, and hills.

Thank ValGermany
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Reviewed 5 April 2018

Had a great day on the Otago Peninsula. Visited the DOC Albatross Centre and was impressed with the tour, the chicks and the very informative talk by the guide. Highly recommend. Also the walks around the area were great too

Thank Waihesianonthego
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Reviewed 4 April 2018

We are lucky that the Peninsula is right on our doorstep.
But for visitors it is a great area to go for a drive and enjoy the great views of Otago Harbour and the beaches on the Pacific Ocean side. Plenty of great walks over and beside farmland and down to beaches on the ocean side- some easy some slightly more difficult. At Taiaroa Head you can view the Royal Albatross colony- on a windy day you will see the birds flying without doing the paid experience. Then there are the little blue penguins, best seen at dusk. Always you will see the cormorants(shags) which nest there and normally there will be some seals snoozing or swimming around. Also at Taiaroa Heads you can inspect the Armstrong Disappearing Gun which was positioned at the head of the harbour when there was a threat in the late 19th Century of Russian invasion!!
On some of the beaches you will see Yellow Eyed penguins ( again best seen at dusk, coming in after a day out to sea feeding) or go to a paid visitor centre and learn about them.
NZ's only castle Larnachs Castle is worth a visit (paid attraction) with their gardens worth viewing as well as Glenfalloch Gardens - both good for a tea/coffee or a lunch stop.
Several commercial organisations run bus tours- a good one is run by Tourworks . .

Thank dealite
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Reviewed 2 April 2018 via mobile

There's so much to do on the peninsula and it has an interesting history. It's a place for nature enthusiasts, bird watchers, scenery lovers, and generally lovers of the quaint and quirky. Very easy access from Dunedin city.

Thank AlisonB3123
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