Otago Peninsula Experience:
An eco rich corner of New Zealand offering the ultimate in wildlife viewing, the Otago Peninsula is renowned for the world's only mainland albatross breeding colony at Taiaroa Head and various other ocean bird, seal and penguin species, including one of the world's rarest, the yellow eyed penguin. Experience the best of the peninsula on this full day tour which includes an opportunity for a fully guided tour of Larnach Castle, Royal Albatross Colony or Monarch Albatross Cruise and Penguin Place (home to New Zealand's Yellow Eyed Penguins). Viewing of New Zealand Fur Seals, Birdlife and Craft shop options.
Larnach Castle & Gardens:
Discover New Zealand’s only castle, built 1871 by William Larnach, merchant baron and politician, for his beloved first wife Eliza. 200 workmen spent three years building the castle shell and master European craftsmen spent a further 12 years embellishing the interior. Larnach spared no expense on his dream home, which features the finest materials from around the world. This superbly crafted building showcases a unique collection of New Zealand antiques, with a tragic and scandalous history. Enjoy spectacular tower views and beautiful gardens along with a personally guided tour of the castle and return to Dunedin by scenic high road and harborside drive with visit to Glenfalloch Woodland Gardens. Duration 3.5 hours.
Dunedin City Heritage Tour:
Dunedin is widely regarded as the best preserved Victorian and Edwardian heritage city in the southern hemisphere. One of Dunedin's great strengths is the way it lives with and values its heritage. Rather than turning its fine Victorian and Edwardian buildings into museum pieces, the city cherishes and uses them. The Railway Station, New Zealand's most photographed building, still performs its original function and houses the New Zealand Sports Hall of Fame. Speights Brewery, a Dunedin icon which dates back to the 1800s, is a piece of living, working heritage. Other examples are the stately homes Larnach Castle and Olveston. Experience Dunedin on this 5 hour tour.
Tropical Butterfly House:
A lush, living, tropical environment, the Tropical Forest brings visitors face to face with some of nature’s most beautiful butterflies. Hundreds of these enchanting creatures roam free – some even stopping (on you) to say hello! Visitors will experience a hot and steamy rainforest from above and below, encountering an amazing array of flora and fauna within. This exhibit features around 1,000 imported tropical butterflies and a wide variety of lush tropical plants including orchids, bromeliads, bananas, coffee, cardamom, passionfruit and more!
Moeraki Boulders & Oamaru Blue Penguin Tour:
Visit the worlds steepest Street on the way out of the city by scenic coast road. Views of the Otago Peninsula, Karitane Fishing Village, visit Moeraki township, Boulders visit with time for break at restaurant and shop. Morning or afternoon departure. Duration: 4 hours. Your option to add all of the above plus continuing on to visit the Oamaru Blue Penguin Colony & viewing the Whitestone (sandstone) buildings for which Oamaru is famous. Late afternoon departure. Total duration: 6 hours
Otago Setters Musuem:
Otago Settlers Museum, One of New Zealand's finest social history museums; telling the stories of Dunedin and Otago's people, stands to the south of Dunedin's Railway Station and forms an integral part of the historic Queens Gardens precinct. The museum's permanent and temporary exhibitions explore themes of cultural interaction, technological innovation and developments in everyday life. The museum also provides a variety of walking tours throughout the city which bring Dunedin's history to life through stories of the events and characters that helped form our unique and culturally diverse city.
Taieri Gorge Railway:
The Taieri Gorge Railway takes you on a half-day journey through the rugged and spectacular Taieri River Gorge, across wrought iron viaducts and through tunnels carved by hand more than 100 years ago. With full commentary, photographic stops and on board refreshments the train offers year round, all-weather entertainment.
Blue Penguins at dusk:
Discover "Korora", the little blue penguin...Visit the Little Blue Penguin colony at Taiaroa Head, Dunedin. Your tour will begin with an informative story about the cultural and social significance of the Pukekura area. You will then enter the Penguin conservation area to view the endearing Little Blue Penguins - the world’s smallest penguin.
From the viewing platform you are able to watch them scurrying up the beach to their cliff-face burrows after a day out at sea. The conservation area is scattered with nest boxes and the area is predator controlled, which allows young birds to flourish for your benefit.
Royal Albatross Tour:
The Royal Albatross Centre operates viewing tours for it Taiaroa Head facility using a modern, purpose built indoor viewing area. This tour takes place throughout the day and offer 60 minute guided wildlife tour telling the story of the Northern Royal Albatross, followed by a short movie by Natural History NZ then a visit to potential viewing areas on Taiaroa Head. Witness the fascinating social and family life of the breeding colony, devoted parents guarding their chicks; adolescents posturing and displaying as only juveniles can, courtship proceedings, nest building and interplay.
Nowhere else in the world can you enjoy the privledge of viewing these majestic seabirds in their natural environment! A proportion of every ticket sold at the Royal Albatross Centre goes directly towards the fostering and protection of the Northern Royal Albatross.