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Two days in dunedin

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Two days in dunedin

We are here for 2 days . 1) is it possible for us to see penguins if we self drive or it is a must to book a tour.2) what other things we can do in dudenin ( family of 4 adults)

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1. Re: Two days in dunedin

Of course it's possible, but you have to know where to look! I believe there's a hide to view Yellow-eyed penguins on the north end of Sandfly Bay. They are quite prominent at the Katiki Point Lighthouse, but that will be an hour drive away. They are solitary and shy, you must have a lot of patience.


Little Blues travel in colonies. I don't know where on Otago Peninsula you would see them. Places like Oamaru have made a paid attraction around their daily return from the ocean - which probably wouldn't be lucrative if you could just drive out and see them for yourselves. ;-)

The Elm Wildlife tour is your best bet and you will see more than just penguins. The railtrip to Taieri Gorge is another great thing to do when in Dunedin.



If you just want to strike out on your own and see interesting and beautiful places, try Tunnel Beach or the Sandymount Walking Track:



Edited: 23 October 2018, 15:52
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2. Re: Two days in dunedin

I agree with deSchenke. I have never seen more than the occasional penguin while hiking the beaches. They mainly come ashore in the evening. Penguin Place


is another spot which does not require a tour but I found Elm Wildlife the best (and you will also see seals and sea lions). Sandfly Bay is quite a hike back out.

There is a spot below the Albatross Centre (worth a visit even if you do not take the tour and a lovely drive out there , apparently they provide tours at dusk but the beach is open. I have only been there in daytime and not seen penguins.

Both museums are worth a visit but Toitu Settlers Museum (very close to the Railway Station)is excellent. There are lots of art galleries including the free city gallery in the Octagon and one in the railway station. The Botanical garden is excellent and the Rhododendrons were at their best on Monday. Then, of course, there is Baldwin Street (not far from the gardens) Good views from Signal Hill also not far from the gardens. Larnach Castle out on the peninsula, gardens as well as the castle but for an authentic home I prefer Olveston. It really all depends on your interests

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