Elm Wildlife Tours - Otago Peninsula - Dunedin - New Zealand

Close-up viewing of rare wildlife including penguins, sea lions, fur seals and albatross.

Elm Wildlife Tours are in hibernation until October 1.

In the mean time, check out these tours at Monarch Wildlife Cruises & Tours.

From $130

Peninsula Encounters

We've got an unbeatable range of Peninsula Encounters!

Explore the Otago Peninsula and enjoy stunning scenery. Visit remote beaches in search of albatross, yellow-eyed penguins and sea lions. Maximise your viewing by adding a Wildlife Cruise or Albatross Tour

2:00pm - 8:30pm | December - March
11:00am - 6:00pm | April - November

From $257

Elm Max Tour (full-day tour)

Created for the obsessed wildlife enthusiast, the MAX tour provides a full day of exploring the Otago Peninsula. All our tours rolled into one! Unbeatable wildlife viewing!

9:00am - 7:30pm | 1 December - 31 March
Group bookings (6+) can be requested in the Winter.

Maximise your time in the Wildlife Capital of NZ!
Don't forget to bring your camera!


Private Tours

Exclusive options & itineraries available.

Let's create for you a personalised tour of the Otago Peninsula. With your own private guide and vehicle.

Suitable for 1 person or groups of up to 20 people.

Dedicated photography options available.
Make the most of the golden hours of the day!

Judged New Zealand's best leisure activity   Chinese website link

"See tourism and conservation working together"


Join us for a Wildlife Tour and discover the natural wonders of the Otago Peninsula.


Our visitors enjoy exceptional experiences and close-up viewing of yellow eyed penguins, sea lions, albatross and fur seals. Explore around the inlets and visit remote beaches. Expert guides will take you to spectacular wildlife spots, ensuring you have unrivalled access to protected locations and amazing viewing opportunities.


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We've been described as the highlight of many visits to New Zealand and rank highly amongst Dunedin attractions on review platforms. We are a multi-award winning business with over thirty years’ experience in wildlife conservation and tours. Based in Dunedin on the South Island of New Zealand, we pride ourselves on our conservation ethic and the quality of our sustainable nature and wildlife experiences.


We provide a complimentary pick-up and drop-off service from central Dunedin accommodations. Hotels, motels, backpackers, holiday parks and the iSite visitor centre (no airbnb's). If you're staying on the Otago Peninsula we also can pick-up from Portobello Store.


Check-out our tour options here!


Peninsula Encounters 

Daily tours visiting remote locations and exploring the Otago Peninsula. Join our guide and look for sea lions and yellow-eyed penguins. Add-on options include a Monarch Wildlife Cruise or a land-based tour at the Royal Albatross Centre.


Elm Max Tour

A full-day tour of discovery. Giving you the best possible wildlife and nature viewing opportunities. 


Private Tours

We offer high quality, private tours with exclusive itineraries. Tailored experiences to suit your interests and time constraints you may have.

Please contact us for more information: elm@wildlife.co.nz


Our Credibility

Over the years' we've received many accolades, including six New Zealand Tourism Awards. We operate in a sustainable, environmentally friendly manner and currently maintain a Qualmark Gold rating. Our organisation is benchmarked by the Green Globe EarthCheck system, to the highest environmental standard of operation based on agenda 21 of the Rio Earth Conference. 


We are particularly active in conservation. Our main focus has predominantly benefited yellow-eyed penguins. Our principle endeavour was a long term project to increase this species available breeding area by replanting native habitat on a neglected part of the peninsula. 


In October 2021, we amalgamated with another leader in Dunedin tourism, Monarch Wildlife Cruises. By joining our two organisations we are able to provide higher quality tours with unbeatable viewing options.


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