Wildlife Encounters In Dunedin, New Zealand

Get Close To Nature With Aaron Lodge Holiday Park

Natures Wonders Naturally

Experience a tour over spectacular coastline in an 8-wheel-drive Argos vehicle complete with first hand commentary on this unique wildlife habitat. View wildlife in their natural environment, such as rare yellow-eyed and blue penguins, New Zealand fur seals, commorants and much more. This tour has amazing coastal views and of the Otago Harbour. Relax with lunch or coffee and enjoy the wonderful sea views. Remember to bring your camera!

Penguin Place

Take part in a one and a half hour guided tour to view Yellow-eyed penguins through a series of camouflaged trenches and viewing hides from 4 metres. This Reserve is a private conservation effort to save the Yellow-Eyed penguin, one of the world's most endangered penguin species, from extinction. Penguin Place offers you the opportunity to visit a working conservation programme and to experience and photograph undisturbed penguin activity at close range through a unique system of hides and tunnels.

Elm Wildlife Tours

Elm Wildlife Tours - a multi-award winner and judged 'New Zealand's best leisure activity 2005'. Based in Dunedin, the wildlife capital of New Zealand, 'Peninsula encounters' tours offer an exceptional small group wildlife experience. Visit spectacular areas on the Otago peninsula including the Royal Albatross centre and exclusive conservation reserve. Elm Wildlife Tours has been recognised by many New Zealand tourism and environmental awards for their environmental awareness and exciting, rewarding wildlife experiences.

Monarch Wildlife Cruises

The classic vessel Monarch provides a natural and unique way to experience the special wildlife and features of Otago Harbour and Taiaroa Head. Experience albatross, fur seals and other marine mammals.  Also see penguins, shags, wading and ocean birds in their natural environment.

Royal Albatross Centre

The Royal Albatross Colony at Taiaroa Head, is the world's only mainland breeding colony of Albatross. View these magnificent sea birds up close and learn about their life cycle. The Royal Albatross Centre offers excellent interpretative displays of the history and wildlife of the area and guided eco-tours of the albatross colony and surrounds. 

New Zealand Marine Studies Centre and Aquarium

The NZ Marine Studies Centre and Aquarium are part of the University of Otago. As well as opening to visitors, the Centre is used for marine research, school education programmes and special interest marine tours. Peek inside a shark egg, touch a sea anemone, feed a hungry pigfish and shake hands with an octopus. You can even taste local seaweed as part of the Aquarium's underwater gardens programme.

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Get up and close with the endangered yellow eyed penguin as part of your Dunedin wildlife tourOverlook New Zealand fur seals at play on the rocky shores of DunedinVisit the albatross bird colony at the Royal Albatross Centre in Dunedin
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