9AM to 4:30PM
Wed, Sat & Sun only
Explore your Horizon's with our
Peninsula Wildlife Tour.
Conservation & Culture in Context.
See spectacular marine wildlife, learn from a conservation expert, discover intriguing Māori history, and explore the geological and biological diversity of our Otago Peninsula...
Join us to discover some of the iconic Otago Peninsula's wildlife residents; albatross, penguins, seals and sea lions, all call this place home. These creatures are very familiar to your guide, who will also share insights and stories of the local histories that helped shape our city, both early European and Māori.
Tour highlights include a boat cruise around Pukekura/Taiaroa Head and other wildlife viewing sites. We also visit areas of geological and botanical interest. We'll learn about the Māori and European people who settled these lands and the influence they had on the environment and on each other. It's a rich heritage that Horizon Tours is excited to bring you.
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Points of interest within this tour includes:
We start by introducing you to this Southern city by taking a quick look at some of the finer historic buildings in Dunedin, before we make our way out to the Peninsula.
Then onwards to the scenic Otago Peninsula where we check out some highly productive ecosystems in our search for wildlife.
Stop for lunch within a lush slice of natural forest and listen for the sounds of the birds.
We’ll take a boat cruise around Pukekura/Taiaroa Head, a nature reserve famous for its northern royal albatross, but less well known for hundreds of other seabirds (including other albatross species) that frequent the area and are best viewed from the sea.
On the cruise, we see a breeding rookery of fur seals. Sightings of sea lions are becoming more frequent and if we are lucky we may see a little penguin foraging at sea.
We stop at sites rich in geological and botanical interest.
We visit cliffs near Pukekura/Taiaroa Head for a chance at being able to see Albatross in flight and discuss the history of the area.
Stroll along a sandy beach where NZ fur seals or sea lions rest.
Tour sites of significance to Māori and learn about the people who lived in the area, centuries before European's arrived.
Lyndon introducing guests to locals
Meet the local sea lions
James shares a story or two
Curious fur seal pups
Red billed gulls