I could not have been a happier or more excited person after participating in their Peninsula Encounters Lite tour (imagine a 6-year old who has just eaten an entire block of chocolate). I had initially booked the normal peninsula encounters tour, however I was in an accident which resulted in myself being placed in a moon boot. I called up before the tour and advised them of my situation and I was able to switch to the lite tour, which required less walking. After meeting them at Larnach Castle (we had a previous tour that dropped us off there) we first went for a drive around this inlet/ reserve area on the way to the albatross, where we saw many different species of birds. We then went to the peninsula where we could see seals, sea lions and yellow-eyed penguins. Although I did the lite version with less walking, it still requires a decent amount of walking and while I did manage in a moon boot, it was a bit of a struggle. However, my determination to see the animals got me through it! Where this tour goes is on private land so the only other people around you is the people on this tour and the animals, but still without invading their habitat. Our tour guide, Donna, was super knowledgeable and had all the answers to my many tricky questions, and she also went out of her way by letting me use her tramping pole, which you could tell was not just for customer service but was genuine and reflected who she is as a person :) we got to see many albatross, hundreds of seals (most of them pups, as the adults were out getting dinner), over 10 roaring sea lions, and 4 yellow-eyed penguins (which is a great result as they are quite rare), with our group also being able to witness a penguin coming out of the water to waddle its way up the beach and onto the hillside to its home. I would recommend to bring many warm clothes as because it is along the coast, it was quite cold and windy. I was astounded at how smoothly and amazingly this tour went; it was the highlight of my entire South Island trip and I will be recommending it to everyone I know!
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