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Oamaru: Blue Penguin Colony Evening Viewing Ticket

1. Oamaru: Blue Penguin Colony Evening Viewing Ticket

Marvel at hundreds of the world's smallest penguin species as they return from a day's fishing. See the wild blue penguins make their way up the beach and a stony ramp before they cross into their colony. Upon arrival at the Penguin Colony, check in with one of the local operator's team members, before being guided to your seating area. Then, watch the penguins make their journey up to their specially made nesting boxes from no more than 15 meters/16.5 yards away. Throughout the experience, delight in the informative commentary of your expert team. Learn about the average life of blue penguins, their different breeding patterns, and why the conservation of these tiny birds is so important in New Zealand. If you're lucky, you may also see a range of different wildlife in the area, such as fur seals and seabirds.

New Zealand: eSIM Mobile Data Plan

2. New Zealand: eSIM Mobile Data Plan

Make your trip to New Zealand hassle-free with a convenient eSIM data package. Stay connected on your travels with high-speed coverage in New Zealand. Purchase and install your eSIM anytime and anywhere. Choose from a variety of data packages, validity options, and coverage in additional countries. Simply scan the eSIM QR code to access all your essential apps on your trip. Avoid the trouble of managing multiple SIMs with this zero-waste solution. Get one eSIM per device and, if needed, top-up by simply buying and activating additional eSIM plans as you go. Once activated, your coverage will begin immediately according to your selected duration. All iPhone model launched beyond iPhone XS can support eSIM. For Android, if you are unsure, please check with the guideline photo for eligibility. If you can not connect to the internet after install this eSIM, please follow the Self Help Troubleshooting Guide in your GYG voucher. APN (Access Point Name): 3gnet Local operator info: New Zealand: 2Degrees Australia: Optus

Dunedin: Otago Peninsula with Guided Penguin Tour

3. Dunedin: Otago Peninsula with Guided Penguin Tour

Meet the tour guide at 9:00 AM at Port Chalmers and enjoy a 20 minute scenic drive with photo stops to Dunedin City. The first stop will be at the world’s steepest street where you will spend about 10 minutes. Following this stop, take in a panoramic view of Dunedin and the surrounding area from Signal Hill lookout point. Begin exploring the key highlights of Dunedin with a visit to the botanical gardens to learn about the wide variety of plants and birds within the region. Drive through one of the oldest cemeteries of Dunedin where some of New Zealand's most famous figures, including William Larnach and Thomas Bracken, are buried. Stop at New Zealand’s oldest university, Otago university. Visit one of New Zealand's finest churches, the First Church of Otago and learn about the Dunedin Railway station and its historical importance. After seeing the sites of Dunedin, enjoy the breathtaking scenery of Otago Peninsula via Highcliff Road with some photos stops. After approximately 1 hour, stop at the end of the Peninsula, Penguin Place. This is a private reserve of the world's rarest penguins, the Yellow Eyed Penguin. Enjoy a guided reserve walking tour to learn all about these endangered penguins and see if you can view them either in the rehabilitation center or in the reserve. By joining the tour you are supporting a huge conservation project to protect Yellow Eyed Penguins and help stop their extinction. After a break, you will drive via a low road to enjoy a different view of the scenery along the harbour. You will return back to Port Chalmers by 2:00 PM, or you can stay in the city for some shopping and make your own way back to Port.

Dunedin: City Highlights and Otago Peninsula Scenery

4. Dunedin: City Highlights and Otago Peninsula Scenery

Meet your tour guide at 9 AM at Port Chalmers, from where you will enjoy a 20-minute scenic drive with photo stops to Dunedin City. Make the first stop at the world’s steepest street, and spend about 10 minutes grasping this extreme location. From there, head to Signal Hill's lookout point, which offers a gorgeous panorama of Dunedin and the surrounding area. Then, take a short guided stroll at the upper botanic garden to view a variety of plants, as well as native New Zealand birds. Drive through one of the oldest cemeteries of Dunedin where the William Larnach family and Thomas Bracken are buried, as you hear all about their fame. Later on, stop at the oldest New Zealand’s University, Otago University. Drive through the main shopping street, George Street and Octagon, which comprises the heart of the city. Next up, stop to view one of the finest churches, the First Church of Otago before you visit the stunning Dunedin Railway Station and hear all about how busy it used to be. Following the city sightseeing, sit back to enjoy the most breathtaking scenery of the Otago Peninsula via Highcliff Road with some great photo stops. After a 1-hour scenic drive, stop at the end of the Peninsula, the Royal Albatross Centre, and enjoy some free time to grab some snacks and drinks at the lovely cafe. You can also explore outdoors, walk down to the beach to spot seals on rocks or in water, view royal albatross gliding if it is windy enough, and enjoy the ocean and lighthouse views. Following a break on the Otago Peninsula, drive via a low road to enjoy some different scenery along the harbor. Later on, return to Port Chalmers or choose to stay in the city for some shopping before making your own way back to the port. Alternatively, upgrade your tour to include a 1-hour wildlife cruise so you can learn more as you view Otago Peninsula's unique marine wildlife.

From Port Chalmers: City, Sights & Larnach Castle

5. From Port Chalmers: City, Sights & Larnach Castle

Explore Dunedin on a half-day trip from Port Chalmers with a local guide. Hear the fascinating history of Larnach Castle, keep an eye out for wildlife as you drive along the Otago Peninsula, and explore the town. Meet your guide in Port Chalmers and head out to the Otago Peninsula, known for its rare birds. As you drive, learn why this area is known as the wildlife capital of New Zealand. As you get closer to Dunedin, admire the views of secluded beaches and the rugged coastline. Once in the city, visit Dunedin's most charming sights, taking in the sweeping spires and strolling up the steepest street in the world. Next, head to the only castle in the country: Larnach Castle. As you explore the castle, listen to your guide tell stories of its rich history before heading back to Port Chalmers.

From Dunedin: Royal Albatross Centre & Otago Peninsula Tour

6. From Dunedin: Royal Albatross Centre & Otago Peninsula Tour

Experience Dunedin and Otago Peninsula on a small group tour with plenty of flexibility and personalized attention. Begin your journey by meeting your tour guide between 9 - 9:30 AM at 2 meeting points in Dunedin and Port Chalmers. Then enjoy a 20-minute scenic drive with photo stops around Dunedin City. Some highlights include the world's steepest street, viewpoints, and strolling around the botanic gardens.  After the city sightseeing, sit back to enjoy the most breathtaking scenery of Otago Peninsula along Highcliff Road with various stops for photo opportunities.  After your 1-hour scenic drive, stop at the end of the Peninsula at The Royal Albatross Centre. Here you will immerse yourself in a 1-hour guided tour to learn all about Royal Albatross - one of the world's biggest seabirds. The tour starts with a short introduction about The Royal Albatross before a short walk up a slight slope to the viewing platform to view Royal Albatross breeding colony.  After a break on Otago peninsula, drive along a low road to enjoy some different scenery, along the harbor. Then be returned to the meeting point to enjoy the rest of your afternoon.

Emerson's Brewery Tour

7. Emerson's Brewery Tour

Whether you’re into science, history, machinery, or (most likely) beer, the Emerson’s brewery tour is a must do in Dunedin. The tour gives you a behind the scenes look at our state-of-the-art 5000L brewery, and 1200L workshop. We take you through every step of the brew process, from the malt room, right through to the fermentation, bottling, and most importantly, the tasting. And as if that’s not enough, you get to do it all in an attractive, high-visibility waistcoat. Tours take around one hour, though you can finish the tasting tray in your own time.

Dunedin Self-Guided Audio Tour

8. Dunedin Self-Guided Audio Tour

Download our app or a vibrant MP3 self-guided audio tour combined with a fully detailed map of the area of your tour. Enjoy the culturally rich history in the city of Dunedin, where it was first discovered by Scottish pioneers. This city is very much like Scotland’s capital of Edinburgh and boasts many historical buildings and some of the steepest streets in New Zealand and is home to the steepest street in the world. In this audio tour, you’ll see stunning cathedrals like St Paul's Anglican Cathedral and you will be able to relax in the tranquil Chinese Garden and witness the magnificent Flemish-style Old Railway Station, which is New Zealand's most photographed building. You will also see the city's famous Octagon, the First Church of Otago, the Law Courts, the Otago Settler's Museum, and the Speights Brewery. Optional additions include St Josephs Cathedral, St Dominic's Priory and the Fortune Theatre if you have time. Your tour. Your way.

New Zealand e-SIM

9. New Zealand e-SIM

Uncover the magic of New Zealand while staying effortlessly connected with ConnectPhone's eSIM. Our eSIM ensures that you stay connected to the world while you explore the beauty and vibrancy of New Zealand. Our eSIM provides a hefty 10GB or 20GB of high-speed data, making it ideal for travelers who need a reliable internet connection for navigating, streaming, sharing their experiences on social media, or staying connected with family and work. No matter how long you decide to travel we've got a plan that ensures your online connectivity.

New Zealand: eSIM Mobile Data Plan with Australia Coverage

10. New Zealand: eSIM Mobile Data Plan with Australia Coverage

Make your trip to Oceania hassle-free with your convenient eSIM. Stay connected on your travels with high-speed coverage in Australia and New Zealand. Purchase and install your eSIM anytime and anywhere, and choose from a variety of data packages, validity options, and coverage in additional countries. Simply scan the eSIM QR code to access all your essential apps on your trip. Avoid the trouble of managing multiple SIMs with this zero-waste solution. Get one eSIM per device and top up by simply buying and activating additional eSIM plans as you go. Once activated, your coverage will begin according to your selected duration. Most devices released after 2019 are compatible with eSIM (e.g. iPhone XR, XS of models beyond, Google Pixel 4 and beyond). If you are unsure, please check the compatibility guideline photo to confirm eligibility. If you can not connect to the internet after install this eSIM, please follow the Self Help Troubleshooting Guide in your GYG voucher. Carriers to use: New Zealand- 2degrees/ Australia- Optus

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Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 133 reviews

Uncertain quite what to expect and hopeful of good value for a high cost per person, we three were very pleased indeed. Our Guide, Teresa, was incredibly knowledgeable about Dunedin history, fauna and floral, as well as good company, empathic of customer needs, safe and altogether good fun! Teresa's driving was brilliant given the hilly terrain, her Maori flax weaving demo interesting too. The hour tour at the Albatros Centre was fine too; we saw nesting birds and even a couple flying, circling on the high winds! You could certainly get blown away. We each had a most satisfactory day! Thanks Teresa and Fantail Tours! ☆☆☆☆☆

Great opportunity to see wild penguins We had so many coming that we couldn't get much info but we could ask a lot of questions personally. People could leave at any point (except when penguins were coming) which was a little distracting

We saw 104 little blue penguins and 13 New Zealand fur seals! I could have watched the penguins come ashore all night. Really enjoyable experience!

Very impressive to see blue penguins in such a good number. The site claimed to be the most successful colony of blue penguins. Amazing work!

Absolutely fantastic to see the penguins (and the seals) in their nature habitat.