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Small Group Peninsula Tour

Perfect for nature lovers, and a 'must-see' for bird watchers. This fascinating tour takes you to the South Island's most accessible sea and wildlife area where you will discover the diverse array of animals which has flourished in the unusual landscape of the Otago Peninsula.

This popular and multi-award winning tour departs daily from Dunedin in the afternoon to visit the beautiful Otago Peninsula and its wildlife 'hotspots'.

This is the ultimate Otago Peninsula tour - a memorable wildlife experience with a unique insight into some of the world's rarest wildlife.

Travel the length and breadth of the Otago Peninsula: one of the world's few untouched areas, with amazing wildlife and spectacular scenery.

This wildlife trek enables close, secluded viewing of the unique and world-renowned wildlife living on the Peninsula. In addition to the 25-30 species of marine and wading birds, the main 'stars' you will see include the Royal Albatross, Hookers Sealions, Blue Penguins, New Zealand Fur Seals and Yellow Eyed Penguins.

Tour concludes approximately 6 hours after commencement, at which time accommodation drop offs will commence.

Experience Includes

  • Explore the incredible wildlife of Otago Peninsula
  • One of the best spots for land-based Albatross viewing
  • See sealions, penguins, a breeding colony of New Zealand Fur Seals, sea bird colonies and more
  • Pick-up and drop off from Dunedin hotels
  • Heated cabin and enclosed viewing deck onboard the MV Monarch
  • Informative commentary, expert guide and factsheet

Experience Excludes

  • Refreshments
  • Optional gratuities


Daily, from October to March.

Departure location

Dunedin Visitor Centre.

Start times

Departure times vary depending on the time of year.


Approximately 6 hours.

Terms & Conditions

  • Please follow the instructions on your voucher.
  • As this tour duration is approximately six hours, the tour does not suit all children. Children under five years are free of charge and require parent to provide carry pack for walks (tour not suitable for pushchairs/strollers etc)
  • All tours require a basic fitness, as some walking is required. The Peninsula Encounters tours involve periods of coastal hillside walking, some of which is steep, to gain access to private conservation areas.