Up to 7 days
This is a small group excursion, fully guided wildlife tour to see giant Royal Albatross and the very rare Yellow Eyed Penguin. Explore the stunning Otago Peninsula as we take you to clifftop view points overlooking rugged beach’s and down to tidal lagoons to view a variety of wading birds. Visit Penguin Place for a very special 1.5 hour tour of the Yellow Eyed Penguins in their natural habitat. This tour takes place with a specialist wildlife guide joining a group of up to 20 participants for the reserve tour. You will also visit the Penguin Rehabilitation Centre at Penguin Place, a recovery shelter for a variety of sick or injured penguins that are nursed back to health so they can be released back to the wild.
*Please note the Yellow Eyed Penguins are the rarest, most endangered penguin in the World. Their numbers are very quickly reaching extinction. Seeing Yellow Eyed Penguins in the reserve is not guarranteed. While there are a number of nest sites on the tour, it is up to the penguins if they show them selves!
After the Yellow Eyed Penguin tour we head to the very tip of the Otago Peninsula (Taiaroa Heads) to the Royal Albatross Centre. Here is a chance for a light lunch, tea or coffee (lunch and refreshments are own cost). Browse the information gallery and shop. Our guide will show some nearby lookouts to potentially view the giant albatross soaring overhead.
After lunch enjoy a guided tour of the Albatross nesting area, a special viewing hide that takes in a number of Royal Albatross nesting sites as well as the best views of the ocean, headland and harbour entrance.
Our excursion is fully guided with our frendly knowlegable driver guide. All entry fees are included in our tour price.
*Ability Level: You must have the ability to walk for at least 1 mile on undulating walkways, and be able to handle some 100 easy steps
This tour usually starts at 9am from the cruise terminal and back to the ship by 4:30 – 5pm but we always adjust to work with the cruise ship’s docking schedule. Meet us inside the Visitor Terminal Building on the ship’s wharf. Full meeting instructions will be sent at the time of booking.