Elm Wildlife Tours - Otago Peninsula - Dunedin - New Zealand

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

From $160

Peninsula Encounters (standard tour)

The standard version of our award-winning Peninsula Encounters options. Departing daily from Dunedin. Join our guide and search for sea lions, penguins and stunning scenery.

From $215

Peninsula Encounters + Albatross Tour

Add-on to your Peninsula Encounters with a tour of the Royal Albatross Centre. Walk up to a purpose-built observatory room and see the nesting colony from above.

From $215

Peninsula Encounters + Wildlife Cruise

Add-on to your Peninsula Encounters with a Monarch Wildlife Cruise. Spot royal albatross, fur seals, the historic lighthouse & more. You may also see blue penguins or dolphins.

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"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.


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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.


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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