Exploring nature and wildlife near Dunedin

Get out and enjoy native forest, spectacular coastline, marine life, and visit a mainland albatross colony.

The Dunedin area offers opportunities to walk up through native bush and forest for panoramic views, or go through a tunnel in the rock to a secluded beach. The Tunnel Beach track, a coastal cliff track south of Dunedin, is accessible from the Southern Scenic Highway.

Dunedin is also known as the 'Wildlife Capital' of New Zealand, offering opportunities to view a remarkable range of wildlife, including Royal albatross, yellow-eyed penguins, blue penguins, seals and sea lions, water and wading birds.

In the Otago Peninsula area, visit the Taiaroa Head Nature Reserve, the only mainland albatross colony in the Southern hemisphere. The Royal albatross / toroa breed only in New Zealand waters.

Enjoy walks with spectacular coastal views and a chance to see wildlife. Sandfly Bay Recreation Reserve, known for its native fauna and flora, offers impressive views of the Otago peninsula coastline and cliff tops.

More experienced hikers can get out and enjoy the tracks of the Silver Peaks Reserve, less than 30 minutes' drive from the city.

Discover forest and waterfalls, rugged coastline and marine life on walks in the Catlins area. Pounawea Estuary is a special place rich in birdlife.

For local information and advice on conservation areas, visit the Department of Conservation (DOC) Ötepoti / Dunedin Visitor Centre.




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