The walking required for this option is 90% less than our other Peninsula Encounter options. (Seasonal availability 24 November - 31 March)
The Lite option allows the less fit person access to view wildlife within our Peninsula Encounters conservation area. After visiting the Royal Albatross Centre and viewing 25-30 species of estuarine and marine birds we cross farm fields to park within 400 metres of our viewing hides for unobtrusive viewing of penguins returning from the ocean, crossing the beach and climbing the hill to their nests from our strategically placed observation hide. Sea lions are seen on the same beach
Peninsula Encounters tour departure times vary throughout the year (from 12:45 pm mid-winter to 3.pm mid-summer) to coincide with changing animal activity and daylight hours. Departure times can be confirmed when making reservations. Participants will be collected from, and returned to any central City or Peninsula accommodation, the Dunedin Visitor centre at 50 The Octagon, (in the city centre) or arranged points on the route. Tour duration is 5.5 - 6.5 hours depending on animal behaviours and season.
NOTE: Our MAX (total wildlife experience) duration is 8.5 hours with pickup time from 1.20pm New Zealand Daylight Time.
Royal Albatross, great penguin, sea lion, seal
Elm wildlife tours recognises the importance of conducting our business with a responsibility towards the environment and in the communities in which we operate. The nature of our business means that we must ensure our activities have the least possible negative impact on the environment, now and in the future. We will endeavour to provide a sustainable, high-quality eco-tour experience, which meets customer expectations. We are committed to working with other tour operators to raise awareness in the environment and to develop and demonstrate good practice by operating in a sensitive and considered manner. We have clear policies for responsible tourism.
As this tour duration is approximately six hours, the tour does not suit all children. Children under five years are free of charge and require parent to provide carry pack for walks (tour not suitable for pushchairs/strollers etc)
Within 24 hours: NO REFUND (100% charge) or rebooking at no extra cost if availability permits.
All tour options are an outdoor activity in a land where maritime weather prevails, the weather can change very quickly on the Southern coast at any time of the year. Always take warm and waterproof clothes.
Walking shoes/boots with heavy tread are recommended and necessary if conditions are wet or muddy.
Personal medicines etc. should be carried if required on all tours. Any medical condition which could potentially be a problem should be conveyed to your guide at the commencement of a tour. The terrain visited is not suitable for persons with walking disabilities and wheelchairs. Parents of infants should bring a backpack for their transport
Flash We do not allow close flash photography of penguins as this startles them, Click here for information regarding flash photography of birds and animals. Digital cameras and camcorders perform well suited in the low light encountered during the evenings on our tours Take another look at our tour Options, the Peninsula Wildlife Tour, the Catlins Group tour or the exclusive Wild Coast Explorer - private option.