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Dunedin – Otago Peninsula Wildlife Cruise with Yellow Eyed Penguin Viewing LT73ACS




Up to 7 days

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100 people




This tour combines a cruise of the beautiful Otago Harbour, a one hour wildlife cruise with unrivaled viewing of the exciting diversity of wildlife which abounds around Taiaroa Head on the Otago Peninsula including the only mainland nesting place for Northern Royal Albatross in the world. You will also see New Zealand Fur Seals, rarely seen ocean birds, including other species of albatross; you may also see penguins, dolphins, sea lions and other marine mammals in their natural environment. The cruise includes commentary which includes details of the fascinating history and geology of the area.

Then on to a guided tour of the Yellow Eyed Penguin Reserve to see the rarest penguin in the world found only on the south east coast of New Zealand. A short bus trip over the farm takes the small groups to the reserve. While in the reserve your guide will lead you on foot through a unique system of covered trenches into viewing hides. Allowing access to the living areas and breeding grounds of this shy penguin, which provides the opportunity to witness and photograph undisturbed activity at close range. Medium fitness is required on this tour.

To conclude your tour by returning to Dunedin by road travelling along the scenic Otago Peninsula. You will enjoy spectacular harbour and ocean views throughout the journey.


  • 9.10 Collected from the designated private tour collection point in Port Chalmers immediately adjacent to your cruise ship and transferred by coach to your wildlife cruise vessel.
  • 9.30 Depart Port Chalmers and cruise the length of the beautiful Otago Harbour
  • 10.30 Your cruise of Otago Harbour completed the cruise now becomes a one hour wildlife cruise
  • 11.30 Transfer to The Yellow Eyed Penguin Reserve
  • 13.00 conclude your tour by returning to Dunedin by road.
  • 14.00 Drop off outside the Dunedin Visitor Center in the heart of Dunedin City and enjoy the afternoon at leisure exploring this beautiful city, or
  • 14.15 Returned to Port Chalmers and your cruise ship.

Meeting details – your Cruise Ship will come into Port Chalmers, once you disembark you will see the Dunedin i-Site marquee which will be on the wharf within 100m walk of the gangways. The buses will be departing from outside there please look for a “Monarch Wildlife” Bus, please get there around 09.10 am for a 9.20 am departure.

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We really enjoyed our wildlife cruise and then went to the Yellow Eyed Penguin Reserve. This was just terrific as we got to see the penguins up really close and person from the trenches without disturbing them at all. If you like wildlife this is a great option.
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