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Otago Peninsula, Dunedin

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Geologic Formation Wildlife Area
Enjoy one of many seaside walks or a beach day at Otago Peninsula, whose 20 km (12.4 m) long harbor is home to famous seabirds and other wildlife. The peninsula was created by volcanic activity and today hosts many species, including the royal albatross, yellow-eyed penguin, and colonies of fur seals and sea lions. A number of uncrowded beaches on the peninsula make a relaxing seaside stop. Take advantage of the area's network of hikes and walks, ranging from easy to challenging, which lead you through pastures, dunes, and cliffs with fantastic views of the sea. To visit Otago Peninsula and other attractions in Dunedin, use our Dunedin trip itinerary builder.
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Where to stay in Dunedin

Many of the accommodations in Dunedin are based around the central George Street thoroughfare, including a wide range of hotels and hostels. Rental apartments represent a fine way to stay in Dunedin, and may appeal more to those wanting to stay on the move or take in the town and the surrounding landscape at their own pace. Campsites situated to the north and east of the town center give you more economical options, while motels cluster along the main highways, convenient if you're coming by car.
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  • An amazing coastline, worth the drive on either side. Went to Taieri Heads and saw lots of birds (including an albatross), seals, it is beautiful  more »
  • Absolute highlight of our trip. We took our time driving along the coast and enjoyed the scenery stopping as something took our interest. At Taiaroa Head, the albatross tour is a must do.Just to be ab...  more »
  • Drove out via the high road and returned via the waterside road Each turn presented spectacular views of the peninsula and surrounding water Visited Lanarch castle as it was on way and enjoyed morning...  more »