Wild Coast Explorer

Wild Coast Explorer

Exclusive private tour by request.

SUGGESTIONS to create your exclusive wildlife tour ...

A single day, a few days or a dedicated wildlife photography tour ..... 

Whether you have only a day to spare (Ideal for a private guided tour of the Otago peninsula and its unique and abundant wildlife), or a whole week, we can help you have an amazing southern coast experience. Base your itinerary around our explorer locations to build your own perfect guided nature holiday.

(The minimum rate displayed with BOOK NOW allows 1 to 4 people on a private "Wild Peninsula" wildlife tour or photographic expedition with no additions such as multiple days, Royal Albatross tour, boat cruise and meals - These can be requested by email after your booking is confirmed Contact by email to request your additional requirements quote - Your online payment will be considered a deposit in this circumstance   .

Single-day .

Wild Peninsula (Private one day wildlife experience (Great as an exclusive one day cruise ship shore excursion)

Close encounters with nature. Coastal farms, small bays and inlets, rugged hills white sand beaches. Unique wildlife going about its daily routines. Witness one of the world’s rarest penguin species waddle up a beach after a long day's feeding, Hooker's Sea lions dozing in the sun and bedlam in a fur seal breeding colony. Royal Albatross soaring above the famous Taiaroa headland. 
NOTE: Variations of this Wild Peninsula option make an excellent one day shore excursion package for visiting Cruise Ship passengers.


Build your own personalised tour of the Southern Coast. We can expand the suggestions below into an exclusive itinerary on request all multi-day tours should begin with the Wild Peninsula option above.

Wild North Coast (north of Dunedin city)

A place of haunting beauty, idyllic fishing villages with seabirds and seals, turquoise blue sea with dolphins at play, Little blue penguins at Oamaru and a beach strewn with boulders larger than you.

Wild South Coast (south of Dunedin city)

Wild and rugged, serene and tranquil. Rugged coastline with breath-taking vistas of the ocean, meandering rivers, rolling farmlands and white sand beaches. A wetland wildlife reserve, sandy beaches with sea lions, seals, and maybe an elephant Seal. Sometimes Yellow-eyed Penguins are also seen.

Wild Catlins Coast  (the coastal area from Kaka point in the north to Waikawa in the south)

A trip into our Jurassic past. A region high in scenic and wildlife wonders and low in population. Glimpse the way New Zealand was, rich in flora and fauna. Tranquil rivers with waterfalls, Petrified Forest and native birdlife. Ocean beaches with native wildlife species.

Wild Island Coast (Stewart Island)

Paradise from a lost age. Imagine 700 Km of coast, 20 kilometres of road and just 390 people. View the flightless Kiwi in the wild, trees abounding with Kaka, Native Pigeon, Tui, Bellbirds and more. The seas are home to seals, penguins, sea lions, dolphins this is paradise as it should be providing a view of the past.


Indicative "Internet only" rates range from $925 total group cost to $5685 for four nights and three days including Stewart Island. Whether only one day, or many, we can provide an amazing southern experience. Clients should initially base their itinerary around our explorer locations to build their own perfect guided nature holiday. Refer to website or email for further information Single day "Internet only rates" from $925 group rate 1 - 4 persons.


Wild Coast Explorer private tours depart as indicated in your pre-arranged personalised itinerary. 'One-off' exclusive private tours from visiting cruise ships depart as soon as possible after docking, usually around 9.30am.

All Seasons

Wild coast - Cruise ships pickup 9.30am

Wild Coast - other tours by reservation arrangement



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.

Footwear Walking shoes or boots with heavy tread are recommended and necessary if conditions are wet or muddy.

Food and Medicines

We recommend that participants bring their own snack and drink. Personal medicines etc. should be carried if required on all tours. Any medical condition which could potentially be a problem should be conveyed to the guide at the commencement of a tour. This tour requires a good level of fitness as approximately 30% of the full day adventure is spent exploring beaches forests and other short walks to waterfalls, caves and other viewpoints. During a Catlin’s tour stops are made for snacks on the way, you are welcome to bring your own packed lunch.


Usually 8am (multi day tours)


We do not allow close flash photography of penguins as this startles and upsets them, Click here  for information regarding flash photography of birds and animals.Digital cameras and camcorders are ideal for the low light encountered in the evenings on our tours 

Wild Coast Explorer tours cancellation policy 

  • Within four weeks but more than two weeks - 50% of fee.
  • Less than two weeks - no refund.
  • Once the tour has commenced - no refund with the exception of any prepaid optional activities not available • Cruise ships only - no charge made if ship unable to doc