This is our most popular and multi-award winning tour, departing daily from Dunedin city in the afternoon to visit the beautiful Otago Peninsula and its wildlife 'hotspots'. The tour caters for small groups offering a glimpse into the world of tourism and conservation working in a symbiotic relationship for the benefit of the wildlife providing unrivalled viewing of estuarine and marine wildlife.
Our knowledgeable guides deliver commentary of activity being viewed and visit isolated places providing the best possible viewing of unique peninsula wildlife. Peninsula wildlife hotspots provide brilliant opportunities to photograph Albatross, Sea lions, Yellow-eyed Penguins, Blue Penguins, New Zealand Fur Seals and other sea bird colonies. At Taiaroa headland from a cliff face we observe Royal Albatross flying about the headland and to and from the ocean. A further 25-30 other estuarine and marine bird species are seen during our travels around the bays and lagoons.
Summer 6-6.5 hours Winter 5-5.5 hours
All year (except - Not available 25 and 31 December)
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)
Within 24 hours: NO REFUND (100% charge) or rebooking at no extra cost if availability permits.
Some walking is required to access the yellow-eyed penguin private conservation area. The walk requires basic fitness as the terrain is hilly farm land, sandy beaches and stairways provide access the viewing hides.
All tour options are an outdoor activity in a land where maritime weather prevails, the weather can change very quickly on the Southern coast at any time of the year. Always take warm and waterproof clothes.
Walking shoes/boots with heavy tread are recommended and necessary if conditions are wet or muddy.
Personal medicines etc. should be carried if required on all tours. Any medical condition which could potentially be a problem should be conveyed to your guide at the commencement of a tour. The terrain visited is not suitable for persons with walking disabilities and wheelchairs. Parents of infants should bring a backpack for their transport
Although food and drink is available through a small store in Portobello township and the Albatross centre cafe during the tour, we reccomend that participants bring their own snack and drink.
A light lunch is included in the tour fee.
Meals - as per previously agreed itinerary inclusions.
Flash We do not allow close flash photography of penguins as this startles them, Click here for information regarding flash photography of birds and animals.
Digital cameras and camcorders perform well suited in the low light encountered during the evenings on our tours Take another look at our tour Options, the Peninsula Wildlife Tour, the Catlins Group tour or the exclusive Wild Coast Explorer - private option.
Peninsula Encounters tour departure times vary throughout the year (from 12:45pm mid-winter to 3.pm mid-summer) to coincide with changing animal activity and daylight hours. Departure times can be confirmed when making reservations. Participants will be collected from, and returned to any central City or Peninsula accommodation, the Dunedin Visitor centre at 50 The Octagon, (in city centre) or arranged points on route. Tour duration is 5.5 - 6.5 hours depending on animal behaviours and season.
NOTE: Our MAX (total wildlife experience) duration is 8.5 hours with pickup time from 1.20pm New Zealand Daylight time