Port Chalmers (Dunedin), New Zealand
Nature's Wonders: Wildlife Cruise
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Approximately 7½ Hours
Discover the unique bird and sea life around the Otago Peninsula from the sea and from a specially designed all-terrain Argo vehicle.
Begin with a walk along the pier to board a 55-foot wooden launch with a walk-around deck. It’s an hour and half scenic cruise to Taiaroa Head and you’ll spend time viewing the great albatross--one of the world’s largest birds with a wingspan of up to ten feet.
Watch for fur seals and other species including the little shag, spotted shag and the pied oystercatcher. A snack of tea, coffee and cookies is served during the cruise.
Transfer to the top of the Otago Peninsula to Nature’s Wonder.
Enjoy lunch before taking a spectacular tour on board an 8x8-wheel-drive Argo vehicle which heads out off-road over rolling farmland.
You will approach a fur seal colony and a yellow-eyed penguin nesting area, then swap to a mini-coach to enjoy a different perspective on your return ride through the property.
See the remains of old gun fortifications dating back to the 1880s.
Enter a genuine sheep-shearing shed (barn) for a demonstration of the workings of a real shearing shed.
Drive the length of the Otago Peninsula along the Highcliff Road for panoramic views across Otago Harbor and the Pacific Ocean.
Your tour ends with a brief orientation tour of charming Dunedin city, renowned for its fine Edwardian-era stone buildings.
Tour order may vary. The tour at Natures Wonders is one way by Argo and one way by minibus. Wildlife sightings are likely but are not guaranteed.