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Peninsula Encounters - Standard tour - Penguins, Seals, Sea-lions and Albatross

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    What to Expect
    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 providing a glimpse into the world of tourism and conservation working in a symbiotic relationship for the benefit of the wildlife providing absolutely unrivalled viewing of estuarine and marine wildlife.

    Our knowledgeable guides deliver commentary of activity being viewed and visit isolated places inaccessible to others providing the best possible viewing of unique peninsula wildlife.  Our private conservation area ensures exclusivity with brilliant opportunities to photograph Hooker's Sea lions, Yellow-eyed Penguins, Blue Penguins, a breeding colony of New Zealand Fur Seals and other sea bird colonies.  At Taiaroa head from a cliff face we watch and observe Royal Albatross flying about the headland and to and fro from the ocean. A further 25-30 other estuarine and marine bird species are seen during the experience around the bays and lagoons.

    Within our conservation area close up unobtrusive viewing from beach locations and strategically placed observation hides is guaranteed.  Most days Albatross are seen flying at Taiaroa headland, with a greater opportunity from our conservation area strategic observation point to see many other pelagic sea bird species flying close, including numerous petrel and shearwater species, and up to five other Albatross species are regularly seen and identified.

    Duration

    Summer 6 - 6.5 hours    Winter 5 - 5.5 hours

    Availability 

    All year (except - Not available 25 and 31 December)
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    50 The Octagon, Dunedin, 9016, New Zealand

    Traveler pickup is offered
    We can pickup from Hotels, Motels and B&B's in the central Dunedin area.

    We do not pickup from AirBnB or Private residence.
    Duration
    5h 30m
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    Inclusions
    • Driver/guide
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off (selected hotels only)
    • Binoculars
    • Rain Jacket if required
    • Air-conditioned vehicle
    Exclusions
    • Food and drinks
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • This Tour is not available to people arriving by cruise-ship.
    • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
    • Children must be accompanied by an adult
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    If you want to truly experience the natural beauty and wonders of the animal life on the Otago Peninsula, I would highly recommend taking a professional tour. Elm Widlife Tiurs gave my wife and I the experience of a lifetime. They took us to places that the general public would
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    Very special to see penguins and seals in their natural habitat. Stunning scenery. Enthusiastic and knowledgeable guides. Rain jackets were provided as it poured. Do be prepared with warm and waterproof clothing and footwear if forecast suggests rain as there is a good hour
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    We did this tour about 10 years ago and it is good now as it was back then. Laura, our guide, wad brilliant and constantly looking on the positive side, no matter how stupid the question from ignorant tourists. It made the 6 or so hours of the tour fly by and we experienced some
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    If you dithering over weather to book, then don't - if you're in Dunedin this is a must do!! On our trip Warren & Sean were first class, these two guys have so much passion and knowledge for conservation and were more than happy to share it, I want spoil what you will see but
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    On a wet and blustery spring?? day, our guide Tony took us on a great tour of the Dunedin Peninsula. We saw so much wildlife, too many to name, but the prize goes to the Yellow Eyed Penguins who put on the performance of the day, closely followed by the three Sea Lions playing
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