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Otago Peninsula

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Dunedin, New Zealand
+64 3-478 1055
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Reviewed 17 November 2015

Beautiful location, coupled with fantastic scenery. The natural ultraviolet light gives all the colours of the fauna a special quality that adds to the overall vibrant effect.

1  Thank GFR47
Reviewed 15 November 2015

We did the high road out and low road back from Dunedin to see the Otago Peninsula. If you are staying in Dunedin, this drive is a must. The area is packed with beautiful natural highlights - penguin colonies, penguin reserves, sea lions, the albatross...More

Thank Belgo96
Reviewed 14 November 2015

DOnt miss driving thru' and around the Otago Peninsular. The scenery varies from one area to another and has so many nice spots to stop and take in the beauty and nature of the various locations. Great photo stops for those who love taking pics...More

Thank ChanML
Reviewed 12 November 2015

We visited the Otago Peninsula in January 2015 taking a trip to Natural Wonders to see the Blue Penguin colony. Despite a low mist we were enthralled by the beauty of the area and our guide, Mark, was full of interesting information. A trip not...More

1  Thank Riviman
Reviewed 11 November 2015

lovely big coffee & warm apple pie !plus the drive down the otago peninsula is great in all weathers.

Thank jackie f
Reviewed 10 November 2015

Despite the cloudy and sometimes rainy weather, the high road drive out and the low road drive back to Dunedin was spectacular. Be sure and stop at Larnach Castle and the Albatross colony.

1  Thank jtraveller23
Reviewed 8 November 2015 via mobile

Was beautiful and a reasonable drive. Worth visiting even with the weather been cloudy and a little rain. Still a place to visit

1  Thank Samantha C
Reviewed 5 November 2015

Note the albatrouse center is a little drive out, and does not open early in the morning, and is rather expensive. There are a few places to stay. Portobello is where we stayed. Great views. Do take a trip out there

Thank B138877
Reviewed 3 November 2015

travelled the length of the Otago peninsula to reach the penguin colony. Spectacular winding road literally at the edge of the ocean. The drive was as scary as we thought but the views are just magnificent. A few cafés along the way to keep you...More

Thank bryble
Reviewed 3 November 2015

On the advice of the lady in the information office we took a drive on the Otago Pennisula starting at 5:00 pm. What a wonderful experience! We took the lower out and the higher road back. Although we would do the opposite way next time,...More

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We intend to spend our Christmas day driving the Peninsula. What are our chances of finding any shops or cafes open?
16 November 2016|
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Response from cynthia m | Reviewed this property |
Sorry I have no idea about on Christmas Day but there are great views and walks. There are a lot of tourists so a cafe or bakery may be open and it should be open in Dunedin which is the start of the peninsula 8:30 is the... More
We are spending 2 nights in Dunedin at the end of March. (but we will be arriving late afternoon the first day). We want to see Penquin Place, the Albatross colony, perhaps Lanarch castle, and just generally tour the whole peninsula. We are on a self-drive tour. Someone suggested that for all we wanted to see we may want to book a Monarch Wildlife cruise that lasts all day. That way we wouldn't have to drive between all the stops and then, of course, still pay the fees for each activity. Right about now, having someone else drive for a day is sounding pretty good. but the Monarch tour is quite expensive. How would you suggest one sees the most of the Otago Peninsula in that one day?
10 October 2016|
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Response from cynthia m | Reviewed this property |
I think self driving gives more flexibility and we just toured the peninsula in one day with a car. Very narrow roads but wonderful views and plan in being at the end of the peninsula for an 8:30 pm view if penguins coming... More
Ng C
Hi, Do you have to join a group tour to see the Penguins? Or we can visit ourselves? Thanks!
11 February 2016|
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Response from HarshButFair51 | Reviewed this property |
It is a difficult question to answer but I can give some advice based on my own experience of the Pensinsula, having been there five or six times. New Zealand has become very 'commercial' over the past decade and, with the... More