Red billed gull - Otago peninsula

Cruise ship tour group watches Sea lions - Elm conservation area

Yellow eyed penguin, Elm conservation area - Shaun Templeton

Spur winged plover, Otago peninsula - John Burke

White faced heron - Otago peninsula

Bar tailed godwits, Otago peninsula - Shaun Templeton

Otago peninsula sunset

Resting fur seal, Elm conservation area - John Burke

Kenya - Masai Mara hot air balloon flight

Elm conservation area - Leopard seal (occasional visitor)

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

Cruise ship and sleeping sea lion

Fur seal pup, Elm conservation area - Shaun Templeton

Elm conservation area - Tour group watches sea lions

Elm conservation area - Tour group and Sea lions

Royal albatross, Taiaroa head - Shaun Templeton

Giraffe - Amboseli Kenya

Kenya - Black Rhino (Masai Mara) - Brian Templeton

Royal Albatross soaring at Taiaroa head - Shaun Templeton

Bar tailed gogwits, Otago peninsula - Shaun Templeton

Mating Welcome swallows, Otago peninsula - John Burke

Fur seal pups - Elm conservation area

Yellow eyed penguin

Otago peninsula - Variable oystercatchers

Elm Wildlife Tours Otago Peninsula Dunedin - New Zealand

Peninsula Encounters

This 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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Cruise Ship Passenger Shore Excursion

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

"You see how tourism and penguin conservation work together in our exclusive (private) wildlife reserve."

Join us to experience absolutely unrivaled 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 Taiaroa headland and other wildlife around Otago peninsula bay's and lagoons. 'Video introduction'

Our tours are the highlight of many visitors trip to 'middle earth' New Zealand. 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 city 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 can show to you. 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 tour choices for you

'Peninsula encounters' is our well known and popular daily 'wildlife packed' tour to the Otago peninsula with five seasonal options.  The seasonal options are necessary to meet the wildlifes changing activities during breeding, mouting, summer and winter.

'Wild Coast Explorer' offers exclusive private options of one-day or multi-day wildlife experiences of the Otago peninsula or the southern coast. For passengers arriving in Dunedin by cruise ship we provide a full day experience to fall within the ships port time - If you are visiting NZ on a cruiseship See our cruise ship passenger option.created just for you.

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 environment friendly manner which was acknowledged when we won tourism awards in four catagories at the New Zealand's tourism awards 2005 including the environmental award. We currently maintain 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 many nest boxes for little blue penguins which are also seen on our tours.

During your stay in our beautiful city 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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Qualmark - Enviro Award GoldQualmark - Endoresed Visitor Activity
Trip Advisor - Certificate of Excellence - 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 Winner