Top Choice Wildlife Reserve in Otago Peninsula

Nature’s Wonders Naturally

What makes the improbably beautiful beaches of this coastal sheep farm different from other important wildlife habitats is that (apart from pest eradication and the like) they're left completely alone. Many of the m…
Bird Sanctuary in Otago Peninsula

Royal Albatross Centre & Fort Taiaroa

Taiaroa Head, at the peninsula’s northern tip, has the world’s only mainland royal albatross colony, along with a late-19th-century military fort. The only public access to the area is by guided tour. There's an hou…
Castle in Otago Peninsula

Larnach Castle

Standing proudly on top of a hill overlooking the peninsula, this gorgeous Gothic Revival mansion was built in 1871 by Dunedin banker, merchant and Member of Parliament William Larnach. The castle fell into disrepai…
Gardens in Otago Peninsula

Glenfalloch Woodland Garden

Make time to pause at these lush, well-tended gardens, filled with flowers and swaying mature trees, including a 1000-year-old matai. Walking tracks meander through dense forest, with peeks of the harbour visible fr…
Bird Sanctuary in Otago Peninsula

Penguin Place

On private farmland, this reserve protects nesting sites of the rare yellow-eyed penguin (hoiho). The 90-minute tours focus on penguin conservation and close-up viewing from a system of hides. Bookings are recommend…
Cultural Centre in Otago Peninsula

Ōtākou Marae

An important centre for Ngāi Tahu life in Otago.