The Otago Peninsula is situated east of Dunedin City on the Otago coast and forms one wall of the eroded valley that now forms Otago Harbour. The peninsula runs parallel to the mainland for 20km and is joined to the mainland by a narrow isthmus about 1.5km wide.
A day set aside for exploration is a popular with visitors to the Peninsula. Much of the peninsula is steep hill country with the highest points being Mount Charles, Harbour Cone and Sandy Mount. A scenic drive can take in a number of interesting stops including: Larnarch Castle, Woodland Gardens, Portobelllo Aquarium, Otakou Marae, Victory Beach 'Pyramids' and the Chasm and Lovers Leap rock formations down Sandy Mount Road. Time should also be allowed for spotting the wildlife – fur seals at Pilots Beach, sea lions on Te Rauone Beach, penguins at Allans Beach and the albatross colony at Taiaroa Head. more
Many visitors come to the Otago Peninsula primarily to view the albatross as it is the only colony to be found on an inhabited mainland. Seal and sea lion colonies also breed around Taiaroa Head and the peninsula is a favoured habitat for Southern Right Whales and small dolphins.
Accommodation in nearby Dunedin is plentiful with many choices including hotels, motels, backpackers and bed and breakfast accommodation.
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Mobile-friendly - The New Zealand specialists in tailored accessible holidays for disabled travellers and seniors. With our experience in disability travel, innovate ideas and intimate NZ knowledge, we create awesome, fun holidays to meet guests wishes and needs. Holiday options include NZ wide private guided and self-drive tours, also shore-excursions from Port Chalmers. We are a trusted, experienced and endorsed tour operator.
Mobile-friendly - Visit the Royal Albatross Centre, the world's only mainland Albatross breeding colony. Our Unique tour is the best way to experience Pukekura, its wildlife and history. Guided tour includes the social, cultural and military history, as well as wildlife, with specific focus on the Northern Royal Albatross. Ensure you have enough time to appreciate our cafe and giftshop. Reservations essential.
Mobile-friendly - Experience the awesome sights and beauty of Southern NZ. Showcasing the Heritage and Wildlife capital of NZ - Dunedin. Choose between the small-group package tours, the daily tours or even design your own tour. Experienced and knowledgeable driver/guides look after all your needs. Recipient of Trip Advisors Certificate of Excellent last 6 years, member of Trip Advisors Hall of Fame.
Mobile-friendly - Imagine spending a day experiencing rare wildlife, stunning viewpoints, iconic architecture and taking you shoes off to walk on a pristine beach. This becomes reality on our Dunedin day tours that are scheduled to work in with our busy cruise ship calendar. Let our professional guides bring you back to nature on a journey through history, scenery and wildlife.
Mobile-friendly - Our Little Blue Penguin (Kororā) return at sunset. Join us for the daily tour! Book now to see penguins in their natural habitat and meet the world’s smallest penguin. The Little Blue Penguin is a protected native species and a Treasured Species for Kai Tahu. Explore the wildlife displays, shop and café where the Penguin Tour begins.
Mobile-friendly - Car and van rental from Dunedin City and Airport. Look no further than Pegasus Rental Cars for the best value car and van hire. We will provide you with a safe, well-maintained rental vehicle ranging from 5 dr hatchbacks to 11 seater minivans. Free accommodation transfers available within business hours from Dunedin City. Rental car hire Dunedin.
Mobile-friendly - 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.
Mobile-friendly - This exclusive single day shore excursion presents DUNEDIN, New Zealand's most beautiful city, and the grandeur of the Otago Peninsula with its unique wildlife and spectacular scenery. Our exclusive private penguin conservation area allows you to go where others have no access, to appreciate the animals, the solitude and the beautiful coastline. Available only to people traveling by cruise ship.
Make your visit to Dunedin special with a tour on Experience Dunedin’s V8 trike. Be whisked away in style to enjoy uninterrupted views of Dunedin’s beautiful scenery. The trike is fitted with heated bucket seats and seat belts to make sure that you are comfortable and safe during your tour.
Mobile-friendly - Dunedin’s sight-seeing specialists. Make your visit to Dunedin fun & interesting, travelling with Good Company Tours. Learn history & folklore from our team of professional Driver/Guides. Spectacular hilltop views of Otago Peninsula, harbour & coastline. Historic Buildings, Cathedrals, the first University in NZ & of course, the steepest street in the world.
Harington Point Motels offer comfortable self-contained motel units in quiet, peaceful setting looking out to Otago Harbour. The closest accommodation to Albatross, Penguin & Seal Colonies, offer a choice of spacious stand alone self-contained cottages, ideal family units, choice of studio, 1, 2 or 3 bedrooms. Set on 4 acres to give you and your family privacy.
Mobile-friendly - Hereweka Garden Retreat is a luxury self-contained accommodation option 30 minutes from Central Dunedin. It's an architecturally eco-designed property built with sustainable materials and located on our secluded retreat property, in the only remaining valley of native forest on the Otago Peninsula that also overlooks the breath-taking vista of Hoopers Inlet. An organic breakfast hamper is also included.
Mobile-friendly - Experience Dunedin's wildlife and natural heritage. Join our expert guides, Lyndon Perriman who has 30 years conservation experience working with albatross, penguins, cormorants, seals and sea lions, and James Karawana, of Te Arawa and Ngāti Porou descent, who will provide a wealth of Māori cultural insight.
Mobile-friendly - Our Southern Skies Stargazing tour takes you on a journey of discovery to learn about the unique celestial features of the Southern sky. Journey to the Otago peninsula, which provides a clear and breath-taking view of the night sky. We also share stories and waiata (songs) about how Māori viewed the night sky.
Mobile-friendly - iBike Hire, the latest bikes delivered to you for FREE. Mountain bikes, full suspension, electric bikes and kids bikes. Ride Otago Peninsula, Otago Rail Trail, Nicols Creek, Whare Flat and Signal Hill.
Mobile-friendly - Set in the enchanting garden of Larnach Castle, Larnach Lodge is 12-room boutique style lodge. Each room individually decorated with dramatic seaviews. Cooked breakfast included in accommodation package and also entry to the castle. Also now offering Camp Estate with luxuriously decorated rooms on Castle land situated 20 minutes from Dunedin. Further 25 minutes to Otago Peninsula wildlife attractions.
Mobile-friendly - A 'Must Visit'—New Zealand's only castle set on the spectacular Otago Peninsula. The Castle features magnificent architecture, superb craftsmanship, and a unique collection of NZ antiques. Learn about the tragic and sometimes scandalous story of William Larnach. Enjoy tea or lunch in the beautiful Ballroom. Explore the 'Garden of International significance', rated by NZGT. Enquire about accommodation at Larnach Lodge.
Come and spoil yourself with Margate-by-the-Sea's accommodation on the pristine Otago Peninsula famous for its array of nesting seabirds including the legendary wondering albatross. Gaze out of your self-contained two bedroom apartment to awe-inspiring harbour views. Perched on the waterfront of Turnbulls Bay, our accommodation is only a 20 minute drive from the centre of Dunedin.
Nestled in an idyllic harbour side location, McAuley Glen B&B is private and peaceful. Our modern Dunedin boutique accommodation is set on the ground floor and consists of two luxury bedroom suites with private garden entrances, designed and furnished with comfort and quality in mind. Surrounded by beautiful gardens filled with colour, fragrance and birdsong.
Whether you’re a visitor or a Dunedin local, and regardless of your age or activity level, OHGC has a variety of activities that you'll love! Located at the beginning of Otago Peninsula, just a few minutes’ drive from the CBD, you can experience it all while soaking in the natural beauty that the city, hills and harbour has to offer.
This museum contains treasures from the local community including the old Cape Saunders lighthouse lantern room, the old local jail, a restored cannon found at Harington Point and photos & geneology relating to families on the Otago Peninsula. Open on Sunday afternoons from 1.30-4.30pm
Experience Otago Harbour and beyond........... If you're visiting our beautiful city and looking for things to do in Dunedin, then experience for yourself the unique natural attractions that Dunedin has to offer by joining one of our world class Otago Harbour cruises.
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Bands & Bass
A night of string filled band action and bass-heavy Disc Jockeys. A star-studded line up sporting some of our finest local talent including hot donnas and everyone's favourite local Hip hop prodigy Wax Mustang.
Where: U-Bar, Dunedin, Otago
Address: 640 Cumberland St, Dunedin, Otago
From: 8:30pm on Thursday 23rd May 2019
To: 2:00am on Friday 24th May 2019
Graeme James 'The Long Way Home' NZ Tour, Dunedin
After a breakthrough year of international shows, one of New Zealand’s most streamed indie artists Graeme James returns to NZ to tour his Nettwerk label debut album The Long Way Home. The Long Way Home is an album ...
Where: 50 Dundas, Dunedin, Otago
Address: 50 Dundas Street, Dunedin, Otago
From: 8:00pm on Thursday 23rd May 2019
To: 10:00pm on Thursday 23rd May 2019
Stand Up Comedy - Koha Open Mic
Relax with a cold beer and some big laughs at Dunedin's premier comedy open mic The cities comics and up and coming newbies will be working on new material or honing their current jokes into razor sharp wit. You can ...
Where: Inch Bar, Dunedin, Otago
Address: 8 Bank Street, Dunedin, Otago
From: 8:00pm on Thursday 9th May 2019
To: 10:00pm on Thursday 30th May 2019
Wicked - The Untold Story of The Witches of Oz
NEW DATES RELEASED - 9 SHOWS ONLY - NO FURTHER EXTENSION AVAILABLE! So much happened before Dorothy dropped in. Having just celebrated its 15th Anniversary on Broadway, Wicked has been seen by nearly 50 million ...
Where: Regent Theatre, Dunedin, Otago
Address: 17 The Octagon, Dunedin, Otago
From: 7:30pm on Thursday 16th May 2019
To: 10:15pm on Saturday 25th May 2019
Pint Night Thursdays at Dunedin Social Club! Featuring local bands and local beers starting at $5! With a rotating line up of your favourite Dunedin talent, Thursday nights there is no better place to be than DSC!
Where: Dunedin Social Club, Dunedin, Otago
Address: 1 Princes Street , Dunedin, Otago
From: 9:00pm on Thursday 4th April 2019
To: 3:00am on Friday 9th August 2019
Celebrate NZ Music Month 2019
Exploring our musical worlds: Four fascinating research topics from University of Otago postgraduate students. Metitilani Alo: Otago Pacificana: O Le Folauga. Sara Brown: Scotland's specialist music education: An ...
Where: Hocken Collections, Dunedin, Otago
Address: 90 Anzac Ave, Dunedin, Otago
From: 1:00pm on Thursday 23rd May 2019
To: 2:00pm on Thursday 23rd May 2019
Kuniyoshi (1798 - 1861) was one of the last great masters of the Ukiyo-e tradition of printmaking. This exhibition explores a range of his works from Kabuki actors to beautiful women and legendary Samurai heroes.
Where: Brett McDowell Gallery, Dunedin, Otago
Address: 5 Dowling St, Dunedin, Otago
From: 11:00am on Saturday 27th April 2019
To: 5:00pm on Thursday 23rd May 2019
Saskia Leek: Early Telepaths
Early Telepaths present a new suite of paintings by Dunedin-based artist Saskia Leek. Leek's paintings move between and blend together elements drawn from representational and abstract art; exploring colour, light, ...
Where: Dunedin Public Art Gallery, Dunedin, Otago
Address: 30 The Octagon, Dunedin, Otago
From: 10:00am on Saturday 9th February 2019
To: 5:00pm on Sunday 26th May 2019
Italian Language Class for Beginners 1
This is a class designed for those who have already had a minimal exposure to the Italian language and it is taught in an enjoyable and communicative way. Please, call 473 0832 for an assessment of your Italian level. ...
Where: La Piccola Italia, Dunedin, Otago
Address: 3 Grandview Crescent, Opoho, Dunedin, Otago
From: 7:00pm on Thursday 18th April 2019
To: 8:00pm on Thursday 13th June 2019
Casting Shadows - Viky Garden
Viky Garden is best known as a painter, however last year she entered two photographic images into the international Julia Margaret Cameron 12th annual Photographic Award in Barcelona, Spain. Out of over 6,000 ...
Where: Fe29 Gallery, Dunedin, Otago
Address: 30 Sandringham St, Dunedin, Otago
From: 9:00am on Saturday 11th May 2019
To: 5:00pm on Tuesday 28th May 2019