Dunedin – Otago Peninsula Wildlife Cruise with Yellow Eyed Penguin Viewing LT73ACS


A tour of the beautiful Otago Harbour on a one hour wildlife cruise of the Otago Peninsula followed by a guided tour of the Yellow Eyed Penguin Reserve, and returning to Dunedin by road along the scenic Otago Peninsula enjoying spectacular harbour and ocean views.

This tour combines a cruise of the beautiful Otago Harbour, a one hour wildlife cruise with unrivaled viewing of the exciting diversity of wildlife which abounds around Taiaroa Head on the Otago Peninsula including the only mainland nesting place for Northern Royal Albatross in the world. You will also see New Zealand Fur Seals, rarely seen ocean birds, including other species of albatross; you may also see penguins, dolphins, sea lions and other marine mammals in their natural environment. The cruise includes commentary which includes details of the fascinating history and geology of the area.

Then on to a guided tour of the Yellow Eyed Penguin Reserve to see the rarest penguin in the world found only on the south east coast of New Zealand. A short bus trip over the farm takes the small groups to the reserve. While in the reserve your guide will lead you on foot through a unique system of covered trenches into viewing hides. Allowing access to the living areas and breeding grounds of this shy penguin, which provides the opportunity to witness and photograph undisturbed activity at close range. Medium fitness is required on this tour.

To conclude your tour by returning to Dunedin by road travelling along the scenic Otago Peninsula. You will enjoy spectacular harbour and ocean views throughout the journey.


  • 9.10 Collected from the designated private tour collection point in Port Chalmers immediately adjacent to your cruise ship and transferred by coach to your wildlife cruise vessel.
  • 9.30 Depart Port Chalmers and cruise the length of the beautiful Otago Harbour
  • 10.30 Your cruise of Otago Harbour completed the cruise now becomes a one hour wildlife cruise
  • 11.30 Transfer to The Yellow Eyed Penguin Reserve
  • 13.00 conclude your tour by returning to Dunedin by road.
  • 14.00 Drop off outside the Dunedin Visitor Center in the heart of Dunedin City and enjoy the afternoon at leisure exploring this beautiful city, or
  • 14.15 Returned to Port Chalmers and your cruise ship.

Meeting details – your Cruise Ship will come into Port Chalmers, once you disembark you will see the Dunedin i-Site marquee which will be on the wharf within 100m walk of the gangways. The buses will be departing from outside there please look for a “Monarch Wildlife” Bus, please get there around 09.10 am for a 9.20 am departure.

Activity type : Daily Activity
Activity Time : 09.10 am
Maximum number of people : 100
Venue Facilities : Air Conditioned Coach, Fully Guided Tour, Wildlife Cruise, Yellow Eyed Penguin Viewing
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For your convenience, you will not be charged until the day of your tour and if your ship cancels the port visit you will not be charged at all. How good is that!

Multiple Booking Discount

Book tours in more than one port and receive a 10% discount on all subsequent bookings –  Discounts applied at time of tour confirmations.

Please note:

Tour start/finish times are general and we may adjust these times to suite your cruise ship schedule. We guarantee your return to ship on time!

Client Reviews

  • Loved this wildlife cruise! Saw Royal Albatross as well as three species of lesser albatross, seals, sea lions, yellow eyed penguins and lots of other bird life. Especially enjoyed the informative narrative from the bus driver, who collected us from the cruise ship, the penguin tour guide and boat captain. Supplied with big warm jackets on the boat, and a hot drink and bicky. Highly recommended!
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  • We enjoyed the trip very much. We were picked up, on time by Bruce, a nice guy who gave us a bit of a city tour on the way to the boat. Boat trip was good, all staff very helpful and accommodating, jackets and binoculars provided. Even made everyone a tea or coffee. Saw lots of birds, also went to the penguin sanctuary which was awesome, never been so close to them before, we learned lots of surprising info. too.
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    "Great Option"
    We really enjoyed our wildlife cruise and then went to the Yellow Eyed Penguin Reserve. This was just terrific as we got to see the penguins up really close and person from the trenches without disturbing them at all. If you like wildlife this is a great option.
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