Otago Peninsula – Natures Wonders Eco Wildlife Shore Excursion

Otago Peninsula – Natures Wonders Eco Wildlife Shore Excursion

Otago Peninsula - Natures Wonders Eco Wildlife Tour

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Natures Wonders Eco Wildlife Tour

The remote beaches at Natures Wonders are a breeding ground for remarkable wildlife. This coach tour takes you across farmland to wildlife viewing areas where you’ll see penguins, seals and cormorants in their natural habitat.
The scenery is incredible, but it’s the wildlife that steals the show on this fully-guided, small-group tour.

You’ll see:

Keep an eye skyward and you might catch a glimpse of the majestic Royal Albatross – the bird with the world’s largest wingspan.

The journey to Natures Wonders is as stunning as the destination. The drive there takes you over the high road of the Otago Peninsula to Taiaroa Head. Along the way you’ll take in the spectacular views of remote beaches, steep rolling hills, rustic farmhouses and picturesque inlets. You will also stop (photo stop) for a look at Otakou Marae before continuing to your destination.

After the tour, we will return to the city via the low road – a captivating harbour-side drive. Let Awesome Tours take you on an unforgettable trip to this private, family-owned conservation area on the Otago Peninsula.

“Otago Peninsula… the finest example of ecotourism in the world.”
David Bellamy, British botanist, and environmentalist.

Choose one of two tours:

  1. Wildlife tour in a small coach (standard tour)
  2. Wildlife tour with Argo upgrade (will need a ticket for this upgrade)

What's included

  • pick up from Information Centre ‘The Octagon’ central city & return Octagon
  • 1hr guided coach tour of the world famous, yellow-eyed penguin, blue penguin and NZ fur seal colonies.
  • Travel the Otago Peninsula with its stunning scenery
  • Experience driver/guide
  • Full commentary

Argo upgrade

Feeling adventurous? Add some extra exhilaration to your Natures Wonders tour with the Argo upgrade. See the same wildlife areas but travel off-road with the 8-wheel-drive, all-terrain Argo vehicle.

(Select Argo Upgrade when you book)

Daily tour details

This tour operates in all weather.
Duration: 3.5hr return (standard tour)
Departure time: 10.30am (returning at 2pm).
Departure point: Dunedin i-Site, 50 The Octagon, Dunedin Central

Group size:

2-6 passengers (in minivan)
11-19 passengers (in mid-size bus)

Your transport

You’ll enjoy the comfort and safety of:

  • 2-7 people minivan (including driver) or
  • 19-seater buses available for larger groups
  • PA system
  • air conditioning
  • vehicles that exceed all New Zealand Land Transport requirements.

All drivers/guides are experienced and qualified drivers with First Aid training.

Important information

Meals and refreshments are not included.

These may be purchased at Natures Wonders Cafe/restaurant, or you can bring your own water.

(We do carry water onboard if required)

Bring warm and waterproof clothing and solid footwear.

This tour operates in all weather. It is an outdoor activity in a land where the weather can change rapidly, regardless of the time of year. Waterproof jackets are supplied by Natures Wonders for those taking the Argo upgrade tour.

No flash photography permitted.

Flash photography can disturb the wildlife. Please respect the welfare of the animals.

Reasonable level of fitness required.

The tour includes a short walk to the penguin viewing hide, so a reasonable level of fitness is required for this section. The rest of the tour is by coach.