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Otago Peninsula

Otago Peninsula (New Zealand)

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5 / 5 - One review
How to get there
20 minutes from Dunedin by car
When to go
All year round
Minimum stay
One day

Reviews of Otago Peninsula

Delphine Teisserenc Travel writer
58 travel articles

The Otago Peninsula is New Zealand's leading eco-tourism destination and is bursting with natural sites to explore.

My suggestion:
Rent a car and take a day trip traveling the peninsula's roads, discovering the local fauna as well as the sumptuous sights and scenes.
Summary:

Just a few kilometers from the town of Dunedin, the Otago Peninsula can easily be visited in a day and will captivate you with its breathtaking scenery. During my trip to the headland, my first stop was Sandfly Bay. It is well known, not just for its penguin colony, but above all for the beauty of the landscape. I would suggest that you get there around 4 p.m. to maximize your chances of seeing the local wildlife. You may also get the chance to see a few sea lions, but luck will need to be on your side!

Afterwards, why not climb Sandy Mount, which overlooks the peninsula, and from where I could enjoy 360-degree, panoramic views. The small trail that starts in the car park will take you to the summit, passing by meadows with grazing sheep, as well as impressive cliff faces. However, please be assured that the walk is quite short and not very steep.

Finally, once I'd returned to the tip of the peninsula, I decided to stop at Pilots Beach to watch the little blue penguins arrive. I didn't actually get the chance to see them, as access to the beach is chargeable after 4 p.m. Business is business I guess... Not far from there, however, albatross lovers will find the Royal Albatross Center, where they can learn more about these majestic seabirds. A great place to stop during a trip to New Zealand.

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