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Highlights on the Otago Peninsula:
Otago Peninsula, Dunedin Royal Albatross on Otago Peninsula
Calling all nature lovers. The Otago Peninsula near Dunedin is the wildlife capital of New Zealand. Home to many rare bird species, and a breeding ground for the rare Little Blue Penguin. Get up close to nature, stay a while and take in the captivating surroundings.
Royal Albatross Centre – Providing wildlife tours on Taiaroa Head where you can view Royal Albatross, Little Blue Penguins and many other seabirds from our purpose-built viewing areas. It also features an interactive gallery, superb cafe, souvenir shop and is home to the Otago Peninsula’s historic Fort Taiaroa.
Blue Penguins Pukekura - Discover Korora, the Little Blue Penguin, the world’s smallest penguin, in their natural habitat – scurrying up to their cliff-face burrows at Pilots Beach on the Otago Peninsula.
– See what can’t be seen by land on a boat cruise from Weller’s Rock wharf around Taiaroa Head. Unrivalled wildlife viewing - Northern Royal Albatross, blue penguins, terns, giant petrels, fur seals and more. You could also see other types of albatross, Sooty Shearwaters and other petrels. You could see NZ sea-lions, different species of dolphins and whales while close offshore.
Larnach Castle – Visit New Zealand’s only castle. See its beautiful gardens and explore the historic house.
Take a breathtaking scenic flight over the peninsula to the sheer rock faces of the Chasm and Lover's Leap with its spectacular blowhole and to the wonderful beaches and rugged coastline Dunedin is known for. Experience a bird's eye view of the historic Larnach Castle.