Please select a tour by checking one of the boxes below, and then select a time from the list.
The ultimate – a 90 minute guided tour telling the story of the Northern Royal Albatross and the People history of Pukekura/Taiaroa Head. From a small Maori camp in the 1300s to a fortified Pa where the Treaty of Waitangi was signed in 1840; from a wooden flagstaff to an 1864 lighthouse at the entrance to Otago Harbour; from an 1880s underground fort to a large defence base in WWII. Taiaroa Head is today a Nature Reserve and iconic wildlife attraction.
Adult NZ$0.00Child NZ$0.00Family NZ$0.00
A 60 min guided tour telling the story of the Northern Royal Albatross, followed by a short movie by Natural History NZ then a visit to potential viewing areas on Taiaroa Head.
Adults NZ$0.00Child NZ$0.00Family NZ$0.00
A 30 minute guided tour of underground Fort Taiaroa, built on the headland to counter the potential threat of a Russian invasion in the late 1880s and later used for training and defence during WWI and WWII. See the only fully restored 1889 Armstrong Disappearing Gun in the world in its original position.
Discover Kororā, the Little Blue Penguin, the world's smallest penguin, in their natural habitat - scurrying up to their cliff-face burrows at Pilots Beach on the Otago Peninsula. After a day at sea, the penguins congregate in groups known as "rafts" not far offshore where they often can be heard vocalising - usually short, loud squawks. At dusk penguins come ashore and make their way to their nests where they feed their chicks or roost.
Pukekura was a significant Māori settlement or pā located on Taiaroa Head, the headland that rises over Pilots Beach. From the mid-17th century to the mid-19th century the pā was home to the Kai Tahu tribe.
Contact number: 027bpenguin (0272736484)
Here's your chance to be taken on a fully guided tour of the Otago Peninsula with one of our knowledgeable guides. Our brand-new Tiki Tours provide you with the opportunity to see a range of world-class attractions where you will marvel at the stunning scenery, historical treasures and rare wildlife that calls the surrounding area home.
Travel the entire length of the peninsula where you will be treated to a range of once-in-a-lifetime experiences. Visit the world?s only mainland breeding colony of Royal Albatross and explore the historic Fort Taiaroa containing the only Armstrong Disappearing Gun in its original emplacement in the world.
Pick-up and drop-off is at the Dunedin iSite Information Centre. The tour lasts approximately 3.5 hours in total.
Adult NZ$0.00Child NZ$0.00Infant NZ$0.00
Discover Korora... the Little Blue Penguin, the world's smallest penguin, in its natural environment on the Otago Peninsula. On tour, you are guaranteed to see the penguins as they scurry up the beach to their cliff-face burrows after a hard day out at sea.
Our brand-new Tiki Tour option allows you to visit the Little Blue Penguin colony on Pilots Beach without the hassle of organising your own transport. You will be able to travel the entire length of the Otago Peninsula where you will see the landscapes and wildlife that has made the area famous as a world-class eco-destination.
Tours depart from the Dunedin iSite Information Centre approximately 90 minutes before dusk (please call us for exact timing). The entire tour lasts approximately 3 hours. Drop off can be at your accommodation within the city centre.
Come on the ultimate tour for bird lovers and nature enthusiasts.
You will be picked up from the Dunedin i-SITE and enjoy a scenic drive along beautiful Otago Peninsula to arrive at the Royal Albatross Centre situated at Pukekura, Taiaroa Head.
Meet the Royals of Taiaroa on your Albatross tour to see the giant Royal Albatross chicks from our exclusive observatory on the nature reserve. You'll learn about the amazing albatross and their unique breeding colony at Taiaroa Head. You may even see a huge albatross with a three metre wingspan glide silently by.
Tuck into a Hearty Birdwatchers Tea of fish and chips, served with a delicious sweet slice and tea or coffee. Explore the interactive displays and learn more about the 20+ species that call Taiaroa Head home.
Join the Blue Penguins Pukekura tour and watch the the world's smallest penguins as they return home to their cliff-side burrows after a day at sea. Discover more about the work done by Pukekura Trust to help the little blue penguins thrive.
After a grand birdwatching experience you'll be dropped back to your Dunedin accommodation (within CBD area).
Tour Last: approx. 5.5 – 6 hours
Adult NZ$0.00Child NZ$0.00 – (5-17yr)
This half day shore excursion is hosted by Elm Wildlife Tours and will depart from Port Chalmers at 9.30am. It will begin with a visit to the Royal Albatross Centre
to view private nesting moments of the majestic Northern Royal albatross, before arriving at an exclusive private conservation area allowing you to go where others
have no access. Solitude and a beautiful coastline along with the Yellow-eyed penguin, NZ Fur seal and a high probability of seeing the rare NZ Sealion.
This exclusive wildlife experience includes ship pickup/drop-off, picnic lunch, access into our conservation reserve and guiding throughout the day.
Please note that this option is not available through October and November due to albatross breeding.
Larnach Castle – visit New Zealand's only castle at your own leisure. Visit the grounds and the castle and experience the heritage of Dunedin.
Penguin Place – Enjoy a 90 minute guided tour to view the rare and endangered Yellow-Eyed penguin in their natural habitat through viewing hides and trenches in a private conservation area.
Royal Albatross Centre – Enjoy a Unique Taiaroa to discover all that Pukekura (Taiaroa Head) has to offer. Visit the world's only mainland colony of Royal Albatross to view the nesting albatross from our viewing area as well as learning the lifecycle of the Albatross. Explore the underground tunnels of Fort Taiaroa and see the world's only Armstrong Disappearing Gun in its original emplacement in the world.
This is a self-drive tour.
Dunedin Top Trio Prices
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For the albatross enthusiast!
Take our ALBATROSS CLASSIC tour to get an insight into the life of the albatrosses on land and combine with a Monarch Wildlife Cruise around spectacular Taiaroa Head to see what
cannot be seen from land. Several species of albatross, fur seals and other marine birds and mammals.
Join us for our supreme albatross and penguin tour hosted by Monarch Wildlife Cruises, Royal Albatross Centre and Blue Penguins Pukekura.
Your excellent Sundowner package includes Royal Albatross Colony viewing from sea and land, a delicious Hangi style dinner, Blue Penguin Pukekura reserve tour plus transport to and from Dunedin. Make the most of your only chance to see the world?s only mainland Albatross breeding colony and the world?s smallest penguin by enjoying this inclusive tour.