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The Otago Peninsula’s coastal walkways and sheer cliff lookouts boast breath-taking views, overlooking meandering beaches, penguin nesting areas and seal colonies.

Located on the east coast of the South Island, the Otago Peninsula is a beautiful region, home to magnificent marine life. The endangered yellow-eyed penguin, the royal albatross, Stewart Island shags and colonies of blue penguins are among the highlights, alongside one of the rarest species of sealion in the world, the New Zealand sealion. For the first time in 150 years, the New Zealand sealions began breeding on the Otago Peninsula in 1994.

The rugged peninsula with stunning sheer cliff faces, including The Chasm and Lovers Leap, offer incredible views. Walking tracks weave the peninsula, leading to three historic lime kilns from the 1800’s, a range of lookouts, and to New Zealand’s only castle, Larnach Castle. 

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Key info

  • Ideal for viewing: yellow-eyed penguin, royal albatross, New Zealand sealion, little blue penguin, New Zealand fur seal
  • Where: South Island, New Zealand

Wildlife trips

This wildlife location is featured in the following itinerary:

Kiwis & Whales Galore: South Island Self-drive

This self-drive of New Zealand’s South Island showcases dramatic scenery, from sandy beaches to picturesque snow-capped mountains. Highlights include cetacean-rich Kaikoura, the Otago Peninsula - home to the endangered yellow-eyed penguin - and Stewart Island for southern brown kiwis.

  • When to go: Sep-May
  • Duration inc. flights: 23 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £6,495 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea
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Lanarch Castle Lodge

Situated on the picturesque Otago Peninsula on the South Island, you will find New Zealand’s only castle and, within its grounds, the luxurious Larnach Lodge. The lodge is the ideal place for exploring the many wildlife opportunities which can be experienced on the peninsula.