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Peninsula Encounters Max - 1 Day

Peninsula Encounters Max

MAX is our eight-hour extended package, combining a boat cruise aboard the 'Monarch', a Royal Albatross nesting area tour and our award-winning peninsula encounter tour into one 'total wildlife' tour. This extreme option allows Wildlife enthusiasts a unique opportunity to combine the best possible viewing from land and sea. First, the one hour Monarch cruise introduces the wildlife of Taiaroa head from the sea where occasionally dolphins and whales are also seen before returning to the jetty where our guide will be waiting to transport you to the Royal Albatross centre. Here you join a descriptive introduction and viewing of the Royal Albatross breeding area before finally travelling to Elm Wildlife’s private conservation reserve. Here you will meet and watch Hooker Sea lions, Yellow-eyed penguins, usually arriving home from the ocean, little (blue) penguins in nest burrows and a large breeding colony of NZ Fur seals.

Day 1
Full Day Trip

Peninsula Encounters tour departure times vary throughout the year (from 12:45pm 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 city centre) or arranged points on 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.

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Why book with Elm Wildlife Tours?

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.

Child policy

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 the parent to provide carry pack for walks (tour not suitable for pushchairs/strollers etc)

Cancellation policy

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.

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1 Day

Price & Availability

NZD261 / per person
This tour is operated by: Elm Wildlife Tours
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Tour Facts

  • Otago Peninsula
  • Available Daily
  • Full Day Trip
  • Birds
  • 8 hours from Dunedin city to approx 6.5 hours from Portobello depending on pickup point
  • + 15 years
  • Leisurely
  • No
  • English
  • Dunedin International Airport
  • Dunedin International Airport
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