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Dunedin - Otago Peninsula, New Zealand

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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  • ABILITY ADVENTURES - New Zealand Wide

    ABILITY ADVENTURES - New Zealand Wide

    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.

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    PO Box 5418, Moray Place, Dunedin, New Zealand
  • ALBATROSS COLONY - Dunedin

    ALBATROSS COLONY - Dunedin

    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.

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    1260 Harington Point Road, Taiaroa Head, Dunedin, New Zealand
  • AWESOME TOURS - Dunedin

    AWESOME TOURS - Dunedin

    Mobile-friendly - Experience the awesome sights and beauty of Southern NZ. Showcasing the Heritage and Wildlife capital of NZ - Dunedin. Choose between small-group package tours, daily tours, shore excursion tours or design your own tour. Experienced and knowledgeable driver/guides look after all your needs. Recipient of Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence last 7 years, member of Trip Advisors Hall of Fame.

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    50 The Octagon, Dunedin, New Zealand
  • BACK TO NATURE TOURS - Dunedin

    BACK TO NATURE TOURS - Dunedin

    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.

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    1 Great King Street, Dunedin, New Zealand
  • BLUE PENGUINS PUKEKURA - Dunedin

    BLUE PENGUINS PUKEKURA - Dunedin

    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.

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    1260 Harington Point Road, Taiaroa Head, Dunedin, New Zealand
  • CAR RENTALS DUNEDIN (Pegasus Rental Cars) - Dunedin

    CAR RENTALS DUNEDIN (Pegasus Rental Cars) - Dunedin

    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.

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    51 King Edward St, Kensington, Dunedin 9012, New Zealand
  • ELM WILDLIFE TOURS - Dunedin

    ELM WILDLIFE TOURS - 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.

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  • ELM WILDLIFE TOURS - Port Chalmers, Dunedin

    ELM WILDLIFE TOURS - Port Chalmers, Dunedin

    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.

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  • EXPERIENCE DUNEDIN

    EXPERIENCE DUNEDIN

    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.

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    50 The Octagon, Dunedin, New Zealand
  • GOOD COMPANY TOURS - Dunedin

    GOOD COMPANY TOURS - Dunedin

    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.

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    Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand
  • HARINGTON POINT MOTELS - Dunedin

    HARINGTON POINT MOTELS - Dunedin

    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.

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    932 Harington Point, RD 2, Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand
  • HEREWEKA GARDEN RETREAT - Otago Peninsula

    HEREWEKA GARDEN RETREAT - Otago Peninsula

    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.

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    10 Hoopers Inlet Road, Portobello, Dunedin
  • HORIZON TOURS - Dunedin

    HORIZON TOURS - Dunedin

    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.

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  • HORIZON TOURS Southern Skies Stargazing - Dunedin

    HORIZON TOURS Southern Skies Stargazing - Dunedin

    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.

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  • iBIKE HIRE - Dunedin

    iBIKE HIRE - Dunedin

    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.

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  • LARNACH CASTLE AND CAMP ESTATE - Dunedin

    LARNACH CASTLE AND CAMP ESTATE - Dunedin

    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.

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    145 Camp Road, Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand
  • LARNACH CASTLE - Dunedin

    LARNACH CASTLE - Dunedin

    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.

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  • MARGATE-BY-THE-SEA - Dunedin

    MARGATE-BY-THE-SEA - Dunedin

    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.

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    4 Margate Ave, Turnbulls Bay, Otago Peninsula, Dunedin, New Zealand
  • MCAULEY GLEN BOUTIQUE BED & BREAKFAST - Otago

    MCAULEY GLEN BOUTIQUE BED & BREAKFAST - Otago

    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.

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    13 McAuley Road, Portobello, Otago Peninsula, Dunedin, New Zealand
  • PURE JOURNEYS - New Zealand

    PURE JOURNEYS - New Zealand

    Mobile-friendly - Experience New Zealand's extraordinary landscapes with a Pure Journeys self drive itinerary. Our New Zealand based travel experts will create a 100% customised itinerary to suit you, with options to choose from a wide range of exciting activities and destinations, and accommodations to suit every budget. Get ready for the New Zealand self drive trip of a lifetime!

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Circus Sparkle Party - A Fundraising Show

Sat 20th Jul 2019

Come one, come all... To the Circus Sparkle Party, an R18 cabaret experience. Raunchy and rambunctious, blinging and bootylicious, this show will make you see stars. Featuring performers from the Wandering ...

Where: Stilettos Revue Bar, Dunedin, Otago
Address: 319 Princes St, Dunedin, Otago

From: 7:30pm on Saturday 20th July 2019
To: 10:30pm on Saturday 20th July 2019

The Flick by Annie Baker

From: Thu 4th Jul 2019

NZ Premiere 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Drama In a run-down movie theatre in central Massachusetts, three underpaid employees mop the floors and attend to one of the last 35mm film projectors in the state. A hilarious and ...

Where: Allen Hall Theatre, Dunedin, Otago
Address: 90 Union Street East, Dunedin, Otago

From: 6:30pm on Thursday 4th July 2019
To: 9:30pm on Saturday 20th July 2019

Oceans In the Octagon

Sat 20th Jul 2019

Join us for an afternoon of family-friendly, fun and hands on activity with an oceans theme as we celebrate the opening of the James Cameron 'Challenge the Deep' exhibition at the Otago Museum. This event includes ...

Where: The Octagon, Dunedin, Otago
Address: The Octagon, Dunedin, Otago

From: 1:00pm on Saturday 20th July 2019
To: 4:00pm on Saturday 20th July 2019

New Zealand International Film Festival Sneak Preview

Sat 20th Jul 2019

Come along to the Dunedin Public Art Gallery on Saturday 20th July at 2pm for a sneak preview of a range of films which will be screening in this year's New Zealand International Film Festival. After the festival ...

Where: Dunedin Public Art Gallery, Dunedin, Otago
Address: 30 The Octagon, Dunedin, Otago

From: 2:00pm on Saturday 20th July 2019
To: 3:00pm on Saturday 20th July 2019

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Music Saturdays

Sat 20th Jul 2019

Music Saturdays Come along and support these awesome musicians. Music for all ages and all genres. 2.00pm –Nick Knox is a composer, pianist, and singer from Dunedin, New Zealand. Nick’s sound is at once gruff, ...

Where: Toitū Otago Settlers Museum, Dunedin, Otago
Address: 31 Queens Garden, Dunedin, Otago

From: 2:00pm on Saturday 20th July 2019
To: 2:30pm on Saturday 20th July 2019

NZIFF Sneak Peek

Sat 20th Jul 2019

Come along to the Dunedin Public Art Gallery on Saturday 20th of July at 2PM for a Sneak Preview of a collection of the films that will be screening in this yearS New Zealand International Film Festival. After the ...

Where: Dunedin Public Art Gallery, Dunedin, Otago
Address: 30 The Octagon, Dunedin, Otago

From: 2:00pm on Saturday 20th July 2019
To: 11:59pm on Saturday 20th July 2019

Enchanted

From: Sat 6th Jul 2019

Banish the grey and the dreary and experience the vibrant fabric of Dunedin. With exciting events, wild experiences and more - don't miss Enchanted Dunedin these school holidays July 6-21. Get to know our local Little ...

Where: Dunedin City Council, Dunedin, Otago
Address: 50 The Octagon, Dunedin, Otago

From: 9:00am on Saturday 6th July 2019
To: 7:00pm on Sunday 21st July 2019

DSO - Strings to Their Bows

From: Sat 20th Jul 2019

Forsyth Barr Matinée Series 2: Strings to their Bows. Richard Davis - Conductor Tessa Petersen - Violin Heleen du Plessis - Cello Programme: JS Bach: Orchestra Suite No. 1 Vaughan Williams: Violin Concerto ...

Where: Kings and Queens Performing Arts Centre, Dunedin, Otago
Address: 270 Bay View Rd, Dunedin, Otago

From: 5:00pm on Saturday 20th July 2019
To: 4:30pm on Sunday 21st July 2019

Enchanted Blue Penguin Family Deal

From: Sat 6th Jul 2019

Ever seen the world's smallest penguin? Discover cute little Blue Penguins in their natural habitat – scurrying up to their cliff-face burrows at Pilots Beach. Only 1 tour available each night so bookings are ...

Where: Blue Penguins Pukekura, Dunedin, Otago
Address: 1260 Harington Pt Rd, Dunedin, Otago

From: 5:00pm on Saturday 6th July 2019
To: 6:30pm on Sunday 21st July 2019

Enchanted Albatross Express for School Hols

From: Sat 6th Jul 2019

Special Deal! 30min express tours to see Albatross chicks. How heavy can a chick actually be? What's their favourite food? And how big will their wings grow...? Discover huge Royal Albatross chicks at the world's ...

Where: Royal Albatross Centre, Dunedin, Otago
Address: Harington Point Rd, Harington Point, Dunedin, Otago

From: 10:00am on Saturday 6th July 2019
To: 3:00pm on Sunday 21st July 2019

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