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Level One, 518 Colombo Street
PO Box 7576, Christchurch 8240
|New Zealand's best wildlife tour—visit one of the world's few untouched areas with its amazing wildlife and spectacular scenery. Our 'Peninsula Encounter' is absolutely unrivalled offering close exciting, small group viewing of royal albatross, hookers sealions, blue penguins, New Zealand fur seals and yellow eyed penguins in a beautiful isolated area. New Zealand Tourism Award winner in four categories.|
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0800 356 563
+64 3 454 4121
Elm Wildlife Tours is based in Dunedin in the South Island of New Zealand and offers Dunedin wildlife tours on the south-eastern coast of New Zealand.
Our wildlife tours in Otago have been the highlight of many visitors trip to New Zealand. We show visitors some of the most spectacular wildlife spots in the area including our private wildlife sanctuary conservation area, where excellent close-up viewing of some of the world's rarest wildlife is available.
We operate three different tour products, our daily scheduled wildlife tour to the Otago peninsula with its three options is known as Peninsula encounters.
A full-day nature experience through the Catlins area on the south east coast with a connection and options on Stewart Island is known as Catlins encounters, and is available on a private charter basis to groups of six or more, and our exclusive private tours are known as Wild Coast Explorer.
Our tours have received many awards including New Zealand Tourism Awards six times as winner or finalist, and have been benchmarked by the Green Globe system, to the highest environmental standard of operation based on agenda 21 of the Rio earth conference.
We are active in conservation, particularly to benefit yellow-eyed penguins with a long term plan to increase their available breeding area by continuing to replant native habitat in the wildlife sanctuary.
We are fortunate to work with landowners who see the future benefit of doing so, and congratulate them on their efforts, particularly the predator control and additional planting of native species which has been carried out.
Peninsula Encounters – Half-day 'wildlife packed' tour on the beautiful Otago Peninsula. Options include a Taiaroa head boat cruise on the 'Monarch', an Albatross breeding area tour at the Royal Albatross Centre or a full day, active morning kayaking and afternoon wildlife tour.
Wild Coast Explorer – Private, personalised one-day or multi-day eco and scenic experiences. If you wish for a comfortable unhurried full Southern Coast experience, then this is the tour for you. Individual packages including accommodation can be created to meet your choice. Ideal as a day excursion from cruise ships berthing at Port Chalmers.
Cruise Ship Tours – Land-based award winning tour of the Otago peninsula including albatross, penguins, sea lions and fur seals. The cruise ship shore excursion provides an exciting day option during your Port Chalmers, Dunedin stopover. Tours include boxed lunch and option of including a Royal Albatross tour.
Catlins Encounters and Stewart Island Connection – Full-day nature tour along the Catlins coast with its amazing wildlife, forests, waterfalls, rivers, lakes and stunning coastal scenery. Combinations with onward options and connections to Stewart Island or the southern lakes make this tour a must do (group bookings only, minimum of six persons).
Elm Wildlife Tours recognises the importance of conducting our business with a responsibility towards the environment and in the communities in which we operate. The nature of our business means that we must ensure our activities have the least possible negative impact on the environment, now and in the future.
We will endeavour to provide a sustainable, high quality eco-tour experience, which meets customer expectations. We are committed to working with other tour operators to raise awareness in the environment and to develop and demonstrate good practice by operating in a sensitive and considered manner.
Elm Wildlife Tours have been benchmarked under the Green Globe 21 programme as meeting the standards of "Best practice" and are pursuing independent certification as outlined in our Environmental Management Plan.
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