Otago Harbour Activities & Tours

There are many great options for entertainment and pleasure along the way. Wildlife viewing including albatross, fur seals and more. Rare and native forest wildlife, historical maritime artifacts, golf opportunities, and water sports. All family friendly. Please contact independent operators for questions and bookings.

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Port To Port Cruises and Wildlife Tours

Small group wildlife tours and cycle ferry. From either Port Chalmers or Portobello, join us onboard this comfortable custom build for an interactive and exciting way to view wildlife such as albatross, seals, sea birds, penguins and much more. There is seating for all, either inside or out. We only take small groups so book early to secure your place. Binoculars provided and bathroom onboard. If you would like to start at one loaction and finish at another we can arrange for you to bring your bike with you.

Royal Albatross Centre

Visit the only mainland breeding colony of Royal Albatross in the world. Book a tour to see the amazing Northern Royal Albatross, learn fascinating insights into these majestic monarchs of the sea from our expert guides. Come into our exclusive observatory and have the chance to view these charismatic birds raising their young. On a breezy day, you may even see them fly by with their huge 3-metre wingspans.

Orokonui Ecosanctuary

Wildlife viewing and education. Called Te Korowai o Mihiwaka in Māori, is an ecological island wildlife reserve being developed by the Otago Natural History Trust in the Orokonui Valley between Waitati and Pūrākaunui, Dunedin. The Ecosantuary is easily accessible to cyclists by taking a scenic and signposted route uphill from Port Chalmers township.

Port Chalmers Maritime Museum

Newly refurbished, delightfully light and warm, with many interesting exhibits on 2 levels. This unique museum was formerly the Post and Telegraph Office when Captain Scott and his crew left Port Chalmers for Antarctica on 29 November 1910. The last letters and telegrams they sent went from this building. The museum features many interesting maritime artifacts and quality displays and information of everything from historic ferries, to harbour dredging and maritime industry. It is very fairly priced.

Otago Peninsula Museum

There is no charge to enter the museum grounds at any time to wander around looking at the outside exhibits which include the Cape Saunders Lighthouse, a canon, local soldiers memorial rock, bus, various farm machinery, radar room and jail.

The museum is open on Sunday afternoons from 12.30-3.30pm.

Iconic Tours

Bike Transfers: Dunedin City to Portobello and Dunedin City to Port Chalmers. Shuttle out with us and ride back! Daily service available, great prices, call to book 027 278 5865.

Cycle Tours: Half Day, Full Day and Multi Day cycle tour packages available. Otago Peninsula, Central Otago Rail Trail, Alps to Ocean, Clutha Gold and Roxburgh Gorge Cycle Trails. Fully customised to your needs and time frame. Email inquiries to bookings@iconictours.co.nz

Penguin Place

Penguin Place, New Zealand's oldest eco-tourism operation, is dedicated to restoration and conservation of the Otago Peninsula. Visitors learn about the incredible wildlife of the peninsula, while experiencing flora and fauna in their natural habitat.

We have a special focus at Penguin Place on the endangered yellow eyed penguin, including a rehabilitation center where we care for them. Additionally, our reserve is home to little blue penguins, fur seals, multiple shore and land bird species, and seasonal sea lions. We invite you to join us and experience the natural beauty of the Otago Peninsula.

Larnach Castle

Situated on the picturesque Otago Peninsula, Larnach Castle is one of New Zealand's premier visitor attractions. Lovingly restored by the Barker Family, the Castle and surrounding grounds are at the heart of the Dunedin visitor experience. A diverse business; Larnach Castle Limited offers the castle experience, award winning gardens, luxury accommodation, event management and unique dining experiences. Larnach Castle has received numerous national and international accolades.

Fletcher House

Fletcher House is a typical Edwardian villa that was built in 1909 by Sir James Fletcher, founder of Fletcher Construction Company Ltd. In December 1990 Fletcher Challenge decided to restore the Fletcher House and open it to the public, making it the first villa in New Zealand to be opened for all to enjoy.

Glenfalloch Café & Restaurant

Glenfalloch Café & Restaurant is set in a beautiful historic woodland garden on Dunedin's stunning Otago Peninsula. Serving locally roasted coffee, delicious brunch, lunch, dinner menus, as well as a beautiful range of cabinet food and beverages – There are lots of things to try! We have even got dedicated kids, vegan, vegetarian and dairy free menus available... No one goes home hungry!