Elm conservation area - Tour group and Sea lions

Otago peninsula sunset

Red billed gull - Otago peninsula

Watching Sea lion

Fur seal pup, Elm conservation area - Shaun Templeton

Resting fur seal, Elm conservation area - John Burke

Royal albatross, Taiaroa head - Shaun Templeton

Bar tailed gogwits, Otago peninsula - Shaun Templeton

Otago peninsula - Variable oystercatchers

Adult male Sea lion

Mating Welcome swallows, Otago peninsula - John Burke

Yellow eyed penguin, Elm conservation area - Shaun Templeton

Spur winged plover, Otago peninsula - John Burke

Fur seal pups - Elm conservation area

Yellow eyed penguin

Bar tailed godwits, Otago peninsula - Shaun Templeton

Yellow eyed penguins

Cruise ship tour group watches Sea lions - Elm conservation area

White faced heron - Otago peninsula

Little (blue) penguins in nest burrow - Elm conservation area - Shaun Templeton

Royal Albatross soaring at Taiaroa head - Shaun Templeton

Elm conservation area - Leopard seal (occasional visitor)

Elm conservation area - Tour group watches sea lions

Cruise ship and sleeping sea lion

Elm Wildlife Tours Otago Peninsula Dunedin - New Zealand

Peninsula Encounters

'Peninsula encounters' is our most popular tour. A scheduled daily wildlife tour around the Otago Peninsula including our private penguin, fur seal and sea lion conservation area, with options to join an Albatross breeding area tour or a one hour cruise. All options are the same duration.

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Port Chalmers Dunedin New Zealand - Exclusive excursion for Cruise Ship Passengers

Land based award winning tour on the beautiful scenic Otago peninsula via Dunedin city. Includes seeing Albatross, Penguins, Sea lions and fur seals. This cruise ship passenger shore excursion provides an exciting day option during your Port Chalmers, Dunedin stopover. Tours include a 'lite lunch' and an option to include a Royal Albatross tour.

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Wild Coast Explorer

Exclusive private tour - Create your own personalised tour of the Otago peninsula or the Southern Coast, or ask us for suggestions. The Wild Coast Explorer tour goes where you want to go to see what you want to see. Option as a dedicated wildlife photography tour .....

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International Tours

We provide an exciting range of International wildlife experiences during the southern hemisphere winter months of May to August.

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Judged New Zealand's best leisure activity   Chinese website link

"See tourism and penguin conservation working together during your Elm Wildlife Tour exclusive experience at our (private) wildlife reserve."

Joining our wildlife tours on the Otago Peninsula provides an exceptional experience,  absolutely unrivalled close-up viewing of rare yellow eyed penguins, Hooker's sea lions, NZ fur seals and little blue penguins within our restricted wildlife conservation sanctuary, you will also see albatross at the Royal Albatross centre at Taiaroa headland and other wildlife around Otago peninsula bay's and lagoons. 'Video introduction'

Our wildlife tours are the highlight of many visitors trip to 'middle earth' New Zealand and rank highly in Dunedin attractions. You accompany our enthusiastic and expert guides to some of the most spectacular wildlife spots, inaccessible to others, to ensure an absolutely special wildlife experience of a lifetime. We are a multi-award winning family owned and operated business with over twenty years’ experience in wildlife conservation and tours. We are based in Dunedin on the South Island of New Zealand, and pride ourselves on our conservation and the superb quality of our sustainable nature and wildlife experiences we guide you to. Click for google map of Dunedin city , the wildlife capital of New Zealand, and see the Otago peninsula extending into the ocean, close to the food supply that supports the huge range of unique animals that this area is famous for.

We provide many wildlife tour choices for you

Peninsula encounters 

These our well known and extremely popular daily 'wildlife packed' tours to the Otago peninsula combining five seasonal options.  The seasonal options are necessary to meet the wildlife’s changing activities during breeding, moulting, summer and winter.

Wild Coast Explorer

This choice offers exclusive one day or multi-day private wildlife experiences of the Otago peninsula, the southern coast and Stewart Island.  Please request suggestions or contact us with your proposal tours@elmwildlifetours.co.nz 

Cruise ship passenger shore excursion

Created just for you .... Passengers arriving in Dunedin by cruise ship are provided  with an exclusive full day shore excursion with schedules aligned with your ships port time - If you are visiting Dunedin NZ on a cruise ship this is the experience for you. 

Our credibility

We have received many awards including six times winning a prestigious New Zealand Tourism Award, and have been benchmarked by the Green Globe EarthCheck system, to the highest environmental standard of operation based on agenda 21 of the Rio earth conference. We operate in a sustainable environmentally friendly manner which was acknowledged when we won tourism awards in four categories at the New Zealand's tourism awards. We currently maintain the highest qualmark green (Gold level) environmental status.

We have benefited from a positive carbon footprint since 1997 as our companies self-planted forest absorbs much more carbon than our tour operation creates .   We are particularly active in conservation our main focus, predominantly benefits Yellow-eyed penguins. This is our principle endeavour with a long term project to increase this species available breeding area through replanting native habitat within our wildlife sanctuary. We are fortunate to work with local 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. We have also provided  nest boxes for the many (Blue) little penguins which are also seen on our tours.

During your stay in Dunedin NZ you will also require accommodation, for a range of hotel choices, check out WOTIF or LASTMINUTE for great Dunedin accommodation rates or view our Dunedin accommodation links.

Elm Wildlife Tours, Dunedin, New Zealand

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