Insider's Guide to Dunedin & The Otago Peninsula

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  • Address: Taiaroa Head, Otago Peninsula
  • Hours: Open Daily, Closed Christmas
One of the incredible things about South Island is the unique wildlife opportunities available to visitors, and The Royal Albatross Centre is a perfect example. The center is home to the only mainland breeding colony of these amazing birds in the world, and its dedication to protecting the animals and their habitat is instantly clear to visitors.

Starting with a single albatross chick in 1938, the colony boasts a population of about 140 birds at present. Albatrosses are a sight to behold, with their impressive wingspan and flying speeds, they guarantee an unforgettable experience. Be sure to take advantage of all the information available about the centre, the peninsula, and the birds while you're there.

Underneath the nature reserve is historic Fort Taiairoa, built in over 100 years ago to provide protection against Tsarist Russia, which features an amazing collection of armaments, including the world-famous Armstrong Disappearing Gun.

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6-Day South Island Southern Heritage Tour from Christchurch

Experience a six day independent coach tour of the scenic South Island of New Zealand. Travel by coach from Christchurch to Mount Cook and Queenstown and ...  Read more

Location: Christchurch, New Zealand
Duration: 6 days / 5 nights

From USD $1,458.13

Dunedin and the Otago Peninsula Wildlife Tour

See the highlights of Dunedin’s city center and Larnach Castle in the morning, then spend the afternoon immersed in the natural beauty of the Otago Peninsula. ...  Read more

Location: Dunedin, New Zealand
Duration: 7 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $149.37

7-Day South Island Coastal Splendor Tour from Christchurch

4 star rating: Recommended 3 Reviews

Experience South Island of New Zealand on this seven day independent coach tour. Travel by coach and train from Christchurch to the city of Dunedin, then head ...  Read more

Location: Christchurch, New Zealand
Duration: 7 days / 6 nights

From USD $1,655.71

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