Otago Peninsula, Dunedin

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#1 of 48 in Wildlife in Otago Region
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. For travelers who use our online itinerary creator, Dunedin holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Otago Peninsula and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • This Peninsula just outside of Dunedin on New Zealand's South is a paradise for nature lovers. Stunning landscapes and viewpoints are seasoned with a diverse wildlife. First and foremost, of the huge albatrosses, but also fur seals and the little penguins (which at sunset are invading the beaches and dunes in the hundreds) makes the visit here to something very special. Excellent communication center, which also organises guided tours must be kept available at the outermost tip of this beautiful peninsula.
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  • If you have the time, it's a pleasant drive out from Dunedin to the end of the peninsula at the albatross centre, but don't expect anything spectacular.  more »
  • Definitely recommend visiting the Otago Peninsula if you are visiting Dunedin. Best explored with your own vehicle and allow the best part of the day to really enjoy. A must for wildlife and nature lo...  more »

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