Nature Guides Otago
Dunedin & Otago Peninsula
Otago Peninsula Nature Tour
Experience the wonderful wildlife of the Otago Peninsula in the company of a knowledgeable, enthusiastic guide. Nature Guides Otago have been operating since 1991 with Hildegard, owner and principal guide. They will take you to the more remote side of the peninsula and allow for flexibility to maximise wildlife viewing opportunities on the day. Yellow-eyed Penguins, Royal Albatross, New Zealand Sea Lions and Fur Seals live in this unique environment. While the focus is on these iconic species Nature Guides Otago also actively participate in a re-vegetation project.
In-depth Peninsula Experience
Explore Otago Peninsula with its spectacular scenery, nature and wildlife. Start your peninsula excursion with a scenic drive on the high road to the remote side of the Otago Peninsula with its tidal inlets where, depending on tide and season, a variety of birds can be observed. Take a walk through regenerating native bush or visit a private peninsula property where we can see conservation in action and may provide an opportunity to contribute to ongoing re-vegetation by planting a native tree. We will find a nice spot for picnic lunch on the beach or at a lookout with stunning views of the beaches, cliffs, geological features, and the vast Pacific Ocean (weather permitting). Further along the peninsula, Northern Royal Albatross are breeding in the only mainland breeding colony of any albatross species in the world. This will be another highlight of the day with the option of either a one-hour guided tour of the Taiaroa Head Albatross Colony or a one-hour harbour cruise on the MV Monarch to view these majestic birds in flight. Otago Peninsula is home to the largest breeding population of Yellow-eyed Penguins on the South Island - and these rare birds will take centre stage for 1.5 hours during our In-depth Peninsula Experience.
The tours are suitable for adults only and a reasonable level of fitness is required.
Picnic lunch, afternoon tea and all admissions included.
Group size for all tours: Minimum 2 people. We prefer to conduct the tours with a maximum of 4 people as this allows for flexibility and the opportunity to tailor to individual requirements.
Departs 10:30am | Duration 8 hours
Private tour option
Pick/up and drop/off within Dunedin city provided.
CHILD POLICY Not suitable for children under 12
CANCELLATION 48 hours 100% | 2 weeks 50% | cancellation due to weather or mechanical reasons, full refund
SEASON Open year round