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Otago Peninsula

Seal @ Otago Peninsula

The Otago Peninsula is superb for wildlife viewing. You can take a tour, but it’s best done as a daytrip with your own wheels.

Our suggestion is to follow waterside Portobello Rd along the harbour out to Portobello village. Carry on towards the harbour entrance to Weller Rock - you can take a one-hour Monarch Wildlife Cruise from here to hopefully see albatrosses, seals and possibly a sea lion.

It’s not far on to Harrington Point Beach – mammoth sea lions are often sleeping on the sand here. Penguin Place is up and inland from about halfway along the beach.

Just before the road-end at Taiaroa Head and the Royal Albatross Centre albatross colony, is the opportunity to spot fur seals on the rocks at Pilots Beach.

Back in Portobello village, head up Highcliff Rd to go back to Dunedin. There are magnificent views to both sides of the peninsula, a great walk at Sandfly Bay, plus intriguing Larnach Castle to visit on the way back to Dunedin.

Royal Albatross Centre

Watch the big birds at Taiaroa Head

Larnach Castle

Lord it in this hilltop mansion

Penguin Place

Yellow-eyed penguin spotting

Sandfly Bay Walk

Wildlife on Otago Peninsula (1.5-2hrs return)

Text © Craig McLachlan

Image by Tzuhsun Hsu