Stay Close! Otago Peninsula Dunedin Wildlife and Local Attractions

Otago Peninsula is steeped in history and is undoubtedly a unique experience viewing the wildlife in their natural habitats. Stretching along the edge of the Otago Harbour is an easy scenic drive from central Dunedin that will see you passing by lush green pastures, small bays and inlets, sandy beaches, rugged hills and volcanic landforms. We are the closest accommodation to the world-famous Taiaroa Head. Long time Dunedin residents and hosts, Stanley & Heather, have an extensive knowledge of the Otago area. One of the few places in the world to boast such a diverse range of wildlife all within easy reach of the city. Whatever your pleasure, let our local knowledge enhance your stay on the Otago Peninsula. Come and stay with us, enjoy our friendly relaxed atmosphere.

Yellow Eyed Penguins Otago Peninsula

Yellow-Eyed Penguin Reserve (3 minutes)

Yellow-eyed Penguins gain their names from their yellow iris and the characteristic yellow head band. They only live in New Zealand and they are one of the rarest penguins in the world. About one-quarter of these live on the east coast of the South Island and Stewart Island. Yellow-eyed penguins are shy and easily disturbed. For that reason it is recommended that they be viewed from hides or in the company of a tour operator. Check out Penguin Place:


Royal Albatross Colony (5 minutes)

The Royal Albatross Colony at Taiaroa Head, on the tip of the Otago Peninsula, New Zealand, is the only mainland breeding colony for any albatross species found in the southern hemisphere. The sight of a soaring albatross is unforgettable - held aloft on slim wings up to 3m across, the great Albatross is capable of swooping speeds of more than 115kph. Viewing these majestic seabirds in their natural environment is not to be missed. For more information including tours visit:

Sea Lions and Seal Colonies

Sea Lions and Seal Colonies (6 minutes)

Seal and sea lion colonies have regenerated during the 20th century. A number of New Zealand Fur Seals and Hooker's Sea Lions currently breed around Taiaroa Head. Southern Elephant Seals and Leopard Seals are also known to occur. The extraordinary Yellow-eyed penguins share space with the rare Hooker sea lion and the New Zealand fur seal.

Monarch Wildlife Cruises Otago

Monarch Harbour Wildlife Cruises (3 minutes)

Leave the hustle and bustle of shore life and take a wildlife cruise on Dunedin's beautiful harbour aboard the award winning Monarch, a wooden vessel of character and charm. Be fascinated and exhilarated with the wealth of wildlife, dramatic views, so close, so natural – the only way to see it all – Otago Peninsula, Otago Harbour, Taiaroa Head with three time New Zealand Tourism Award winners Monarch Cruises. For more information visit the Monarch Harbour Wildlife Cruises website:

Larnach Castle Otago

Larnach Castle (20 minutes)

Discover New Zealand’s only Castle, built 1871 by William Larnach, merchant baron and politician, for his beloved first wife Eliza. Surrounded by gardens of national significance, Larnach Castle is a sight to behold. More than 200 artisans were responsible for constructing its exterior and it took 12 years to complete its native wood, Italian marble, English tiles and Venetian glass interior. There are self guided tours through out the day, and teas and light lunches are available:

Disappearing Gun Taiaroa Head

Disappearing Gun at Taiaroa History Museum (5 minutes)

Beneath the peace of the Royal Albatross Colony lies historic Fort Taiaroa - site of the Victorian era fortifications set up to protect Dunedin over 100 years ago to counter the threat of invasion from Tsarist Russia. Centre piece of this fort is the 1886 Armstrong Disappearing Gun, one of the first breech loading guns to be built. Today, it is the only model of its type in the world in its original gun pit and still in working order. Today the Fort is now a museum, for more information visit:

Otago Peninsula

Golf, Restaurants and Cafes, Scenic Walks and Drives

The Peninsula offers an endless list of activities including a golf course, boat hire, horse riding, bicycle hire, water sports, arts and crafts, accessible uncrowded ocean beaches, and many scenic walks and drives. Enjoy dinner at one of our local cafes/restaurants, all offering a great selection of dining at reasonable prices. Visit the Aquarium at Portobello, renowned for marine research. Whatever your pleasure, let our local knowledge enhance your stay. Come and stay with us, enjoy our friendly relaxed atmosphere.

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