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The Comprehensive Otago Peninsula Package

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Key Highlights

  • Otago Peninsula - Home to some of the rarest wildlife in the world
  • Don’t miss this premier tour of the major attractions of Otago Peninsula
  • Visit Taiaroa Head, the only mainland breeding colony of the Royal Albatross in the world
  • Tour accompanied by an English speaking guide
  • Activity Schedule
    When does it run?



    8 - 10 hours

    Start time

    Start time:
    Peninsula Package: 1030h (10:30am)
    Peninsula Package + Larnach Castle: 0830h (08:30am)

    Duration: 8 hours

    Meeting Point

    Your hotel in Dunedin. (We would require your hotel details in order to arrange your pick up. If you do not have this information at the time of booking, please contact the local activity operator at least 48 hours prior to the start of the tour with these details)

    Ending Point

    Your hotel in Dunedin

  • Overview & Itinerary


    The Otago Peninsula, stretching along the southern edge of Otago Harbour is an easy drive from central Dunedin. Home to some of the rarest wildlife in the world, it is characterized by lush green pastures, small bays and inlets, sandy beaches, rugged hills and volcanic landforms.

    This premier package includes the Otago Harbour and Taiaroa Head wildlife cruise, scenic Otago Peninsula bus tour, and guided tours of the Royal Albatross Colony, the Yellow Eyed Penguin Reserve and a visit to wading bird habitats.

    Taiaroa Head is the only mainland breeding colony of the Royal Albatross in the world. Nearby you can enjoy close encounters with the world’s rarest penguin, the Yellow Eye. On the secluded beaches are sea lions and their pups, fur seals, and blue penguins.

    This tour also includes an option of a visit to either Larnach Castle, one of Dunedin's great landmarks.


    You will be picked up from your hotel in Dunedin and taken on a comprehensive sightseeing tour of Otago Peninsula. This tour comprises a wildlife cruise, a scenic bus tour and offers a visit to either Larnach Castle, one of Dunedin's great landmarks.

    Your tour highlights include:

    Otago Harbor and Taiaroa Head Wildlife Cruise:
    Cruise the length of the beautiful Otago Harbour. The 20 kilometer-long shallow-bottomed fiord, Otago Harbour, is home to an abundance of wildlife. This 1-hour cruise offers unrivalled viewing of wildlife in its natural and inaccessible environment.

    Scenic bus tour of Otago Peninsula:
    Board an air-conditioned bus and explore the scenic Otago Peninsula with your English-speaking guide.

    Visit the Royal Albatross Colony, the Yellow Eyed Penguin Reserve and a wading bird habitats. Experience magnificent viewing of the exciting diversity of wildlife which abounds on spectacular Taiaroa Head; the only mainland nesting place for Northern Royal Albatross in the world, and home to New Zealand fur seals, and eight other nesting bird species. There's always a possibility of seeing a fascinating array of rarely seen ocean birds including other species of albatross, penguins and marine mammals in their natural environment.

    You have an option of visiting Larnach Castle.

    Larnach Castle:
    Discover New Zealand’s only castle, built 1871 by William Larnach, merchant baron and politician. Today, the castle is the home of the Barker family, who have spent more than thirty five years restoring the building and recreating the beauty of the 35 acres of gardens and grounds.

    At the end of the tour you will be dropped back at your hotel in Dunedin.

  • Inclusions & Exclusions


    • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
    • Otago Harbor and Talaroa Heads wildlife cruise
    • Scenic Otago Peninsula bus tour
    • Experienced English-speaking tour guide
    • Jackets and binoculars
    • English commentary on board
    • Explanatory wildlife sheets in a variety of languages
    • Entrance fee


    • Meals and refreshments
  • Please note & Additional info

    Please note

    Please call the activity operator at least 24 hours prior to start of the tour for reconfirming the departure details.

    During Aug/Sep Scenic bus tour of Otago Peninsula: tour would not able to include the guided Albatross tour from the observatory as part of their Otago Peninsula Packages.

    Voucher information: You must print and surrender a paper version of your booking voucher for this activity (showing your voucher on a smartphone is not accepted). No refund can be given for customers without a printed copy of their voucher.

    Additional info

    Refreshments available from the ship’s fully licensed galley

    The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have

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