Clearwater Wildlife Tours
Clearwater Wildlife Tours
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Eco ToursNature & Wildlife ToursDay Trips
8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
About
Our small group tours offer unrivalled opportunities to connect with rare wildlife from our family farm at Cape Saunders rated as ‘‘One of the most beautiful coastal headlands and beaches in NZ.’’ – Ahipara Luxury Travel NZ.
Dunedin, New Zealand
Tours and Tickets by Clearwater Wildlife Tours

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Dayna
Wanaka, New Zealand1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
Our whole family really enjoyed the tour! Saw so many beautiful wildlife species - Yellow Eyed Penguins, Seals and their Pups, Sealions and lots of beautiful birds!
We all felt well looked after and really loved our time out on the Peninsula. Would highly recommend!
Written 19 April 2024
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Judy B
Boston, MA81 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Will was a great trip leader. We saw yellow eyed penguins fur seals and sea lions. His knowledge of the animals’ behavior was very helpful.
Written 18 April 2024
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Hi Judy, Thank you for your lovely review. Great to hear you had a nice time on our tour. I will pass on your compliments to Will. We are very lucky to have him on our team. Rachel & The Clearwater Wildlife Team
Written 18 April 2024
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kathleen w
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Craig was an outstanding guide who provided excellent background of the area and the wildlife - especially the yellow-eyed penguins. He had a broad grasp of local and NZ history which added another dimension to the tour. And Craig has a delightful personality; he did his utmost to see that each person on the tour achieved their dream of seeing penguins, seals and sea lions. It was obvious that Craig thoroughly enjoyed his role as a guide and made certain we were all comfortable. His driving was excellent; he gave us a terrific dinner suggestion and he was just terrific! Take this tour!
One suggestion for the tour operator: When Daylight Savings occurs, adjust the start time of your trip to match the arrival time of the penguins at the beach!
Written 10 April 2024
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We are thrilled to hear you enjoyed the tour with Craig. We are very lucky to have him on our team!! Many thanks for taking the time to place a review and your recommendation of our start times. Unfortunately the wildlife and penguins are unpredictable but we do plan our evening tours to return at sunset, this is the best viewing time for seeing Yellow Eyed penguins. Rachel & The Clearwater Wildlife Team
Written 14 April 2024
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Arti W
Dunedin, New Zealand4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
Amazing tour, very knowledgeable guide, you get to see so many of the Aotearoa New Zealand manu/birds and other wildlife in the shuttle to the beach from town where you get picked up. Then you get to see a colony of Kekeno/NZ Fur Seals from a viewing platform, and you can potentially see Toroa/Albatross and Pāngurunguru/Giant Petrels from there too off at sea. Then you go down to the beach where you can see Pakake/NZ Sea Lions, and if your lucky you can see Hoiho/Yellow-eyed Penguins - we saw 6 (which is absolutely incredible since they are the rarest penguin in the world). Highly recommend if you are interested in the kararehe/wildlife of Otago Peninsula as a whole.
Written 7 April 2024
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Thank you so much for your wonderful review and recommendation Arti. Rachel & The Clearwater Wildlife Team
Written 8 April 2024
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Anne T
Christchurch, New Zealand1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
Just back from the Clearwater Wildlife Tour. Incredible vistas, we saw Yellow eyed penguins in rare private moments, we saw loads of seals, playing in natural water rock pools, and large sea lions resting and playing on the beach. It was a perfect afternoon. Thank you so much Craig and Rachel and Clearwater Wildlife Tours. Anne, Dn
Written 5 April 2024
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Hi Anne, We are thrilled to hear you enjoyed the tour and the wildlife viewing. Many thanks for taking the time to place a review. Rachel & The Clearwater Wildlife Team
Written 7 April 2024
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Libby M
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
Thank you so much for the tour Eric, what an amazing tour guide! A lovely drive out through the Otago Peninsula learning local history and seeing fur seals, sea lions and yellow-eyed penguins (while still being respectful and giving them plenty of space)! Would definitely recommend it for anybody who wants to get familiar with the local wildlife on the Otago Peninsula.
Written 4 April 2024
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We are thrilled to hear you enjoyed the tour. Thank you so much for your recommendation and amazing review. Safe travels Rachel & The Clearwater Wildlife Team
Written 7 April 2024
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Johnsotr
Sewickley, PA362 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This is a fantastic tour which provides access and insight into rare and endangered species on the Otago peninsula. Our excellent guide Craig (retired lawyer and truck driver) knows his stuff and delights in sharing with his guests. We saw many (40 - 50) seals including pups playing in tide pools. At the sea lion beach, there were several mature adults, mostly territorial males. The beach is also the site where adult yellow eyed penguins come ashore after feeding in open water all day and bring food for their chicks which are growing rapidly but not yet ready to hunt on their own. We saw one adult come ashore and two chicks waiting far up a hillside. The tour has covered openable viewing platforms and provides high quality binoculars for each guest. Don’t miss this tour and if you have the choice, go with Craig although I expect the other guides are also very good, including Rachel Clearwater who owns the property on which all this takes place. Beautiful views of numerous other birds also!!
Written 31 March 2024
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Hi John, We are thrilled to hear you had an amazing time on our tour. Thank you for your review and you kind words about Craig. We are very lucky to have him on our team. Safe travels :) Rachel & The Clearwater Wildlife Tour Team
Written 1 April 2024
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Resort483050
Frederick, MD63 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
This was a small group. Rachel (?) was one of the owners of the farm that we visited (and by farm think thousands of acres). It was informative and she was very prepared with water, snacks, and most importantly, windbreakers. We saw lots of fur seals and sea lions, lots of birds, sheep, cows, and one penguin from afar. It was a fairly lengthy drive out to the farm through nice countryside and the views once we got to the farm-- along the beach, coast and from and through the mountain--were amazing. It was so cool being so close to the sea lions and seals, and conservation efforts as well as showcasing this part of New Zealand were clearly very important to the owners as opposed to just making money. Definitely recommend.
Written 31 March 2024
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Thank you so much for your amazing review. We are thrilled you enjoyed the wildlife and farm animals and beautiful scenery. Safe travels :) Rachel & The Clearwater Wildlife Team
Written 1 April 2024
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1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Great views of seals and sea lions and even a penguin. Knowledgeable guide took us to a private coastal location not generally accessible
Written 30 March 2024
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Thank you so much for your lovely review. Safe travels :) Rachel & The Clearwater Wildlife Team
Written 1 April 2024
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1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
We experienced a great wildlife tour with Eric. He was very knowledgeable and kind. He shared lots of fun facts and information throughout our tour. Fun to see sea lions, seals and penguins! Would highly recommend this tour!
Written 29 March 2024
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We are thrilled to hear you had a great time. Thank you so much for your amazing review. Safe travels :) Rachel & The Clearwater Wildlife Team
Written 1 April 2024
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