Nature's Wonders: Wildlife Cruise

  • Port

    Port Chalmers (Dunedin), New Zealand

  • Activity Level


  • Excursion Type


  • Wheelchair Accessible


  • Starting At


  • Minimum Age

    Information not currently available.

  • Duration

    Approximately 7½ Hours

  • Meals Included


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.