Bay sights in New Zealand
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Locals have been jumping on the cross-harbour ferry to Days Bay for decades, where there's a beach, park and cafe, and a boatshed with kayaks, rowboats and bikes for hire. A 10-minute walk from Days Bay leads to Eastbourne, a beachy township with cafes and other diversions.
Otago Peninsula is the South Island's most accessible wildlife area (albatross, yellow-eyed penguins, blue penguins, fur seals and sea lions all thrive here). It also has a score of historical sites, walkways and unique natural formations. For an overview, pick up the brochure and map from Dunedin's visitors centre and check the peninsula website.
Trips across the harbour to Days Bay are made on the Dominion Post Ferry, departing from Queens Wharf 11 times daily weekdays and six times daily at weekends. It's a 30-minute trip to Days Bay, where there are beaches, a fine park and a boatshed offering canoes and rowboats for hire. A 30-45 minute walk from Days Bay brings you to the pretty settlement of Eastbourne, with appealing cafes and picnic spots.