Sunrise Penguin Walk/Peninsula Excursion & Albatross Encounter
Full Day including Picnic Lunch
Price from £209 per person
A Nature Guides Otago vehicle will pick you up from your Dunedin city hotel for your transfer to the departure point of your tour. Join your coach to commence a full day Sunrise Penguin Walk, Peninsula Excursion & Albatross Encounter tour. Climb down a steep sand dune and walk along the beach to the private viewing hide to observe rare Yellow-eyed penguins. Learn about the penguins and their environment. After the Sunrise Penguin walk return to the hotel where there will be time for breakfast before being picked up again for the second part of this tour. Walk through regenerating native bush up to the top of the hills to enjoy the most amazing views of the area, the beaches, cliffs, geological features, and the vast Pacific Ocean. See conservation in action and have an opportunity to try a hand at planting a native tree. After a picnic lunch, continue exploring the remote side of Otago Peninsula along tidal inlets where, depending on tide and season, a variety of birds can be observed - pied stilts, white faced herons, oyster catchers, spoonbills and arctic waders are among a few. Further along the peninsula at Taiaroa Head, Northern Royal Albatross are breeding in the only mainland breeding colony of any albatross species in the world. This special place will be another highlight of the day with the option of either a one-hour guided tour of the albatross colony or a one-hour harbour cruise on the MV Monarch to view these majestic birds in flight.
This tour requires a good level of fitness as you climb steep sand dunes and hills.
Hotel pick up/drop off
Months: Year Round
Duration: 1 Day
Starts: 04:00 (earliest departure in mid-summer) - 06:45 (mid-winter departure)
Does not operate on Labour Day (28 October 2013), Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day.