Otago Peninsula
Otago Peninsula
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About
The Otago Peninsula is a long, hilly indented finger of land that forms the easternmost part of Dunedin, New Zealand. Volcanic in origin, it forms one wall of the eroded valley that now forms Otago Harbour. The peninsula lies south-east of Otago Harbour and runs parallel to the mainland for 20 km, with a maximum width of 9 km. It is joined to the mainland at the south-west end by a narrow isthmus about 1.5 km wide.
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Michael C
Derby, UK2,022 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
We visited this area as part of a trip to the Royal Albatross Visitor Centre. The views of the coastline, and of the whole harbour are stunning. An enjoyable trip.
Written 12 March 2024
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jtwoodfield
London, UK216 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
A wonderful drive out of Dunedin. There are lovely views the whole way. It can be very windy at the point as, of course, it is a headland.
Written 15 February 2024
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stellamay
toowoomba225 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
Beautiful, picturesque, stunning, spectacular, superb and even magnificent! A must visit if going to Dunedin region. I will return undoubtedly.
Written 1 October 2023
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Andy F
Devizes, UK1,260 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Friends
Spent a good long day touring the peninsular. The scenery is stunning, and there's lots of wildlife, including many birds, fur seals and sealions. We went with Elm Wildlife/ Peninsular Tours, and they were fantastic on pick-up, briefing, commentary, knowledge & drop-offs. A real five-star day & really recommended. A highlight of my NZ holiday.
Written 6 May 2023
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Elm Wildlife/Peninsula Tours are gaining accolades, and deservedly so. (Nice comment about the scenery, BTW. It really is stunning!)
Written 11 August 2023
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Oldjack
Greater Melbourne, Australia27,964 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
This was a first visit to Dundein and the scenery surprised as did the Otago Peninsula. It is well worth a drive to the entrance to the harbour and then across the hills with views of the ocean and the return.
Written 5 April 2023
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Jack, you're not alone with that. Presumably you did the tried and trusted waterside-there/hillside-back clockwise route? Weaving your way along the Portobello Rd/Harrington Point Rd combo on your way towards Taiaroa Heads, then turned left when you got into Portobello on your way back, to enjoy the views from the aptly named Highcliff Rd when you were heading back into Dunnas. On its day that route is as spectacular as any you'll find around the traps. I've lost count of the times I've enjoyed watching marine wildlife doing their thing mere metres from Portobello Rd's seawall (and how good does that look! Even the seawall is worth its weight in gold). It's brilliant.
Written 11 August 2023
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taber
Vancouver, Canada317 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
Loved the drive along the coast. Very beautiful. Did a few stops along the way. A place that you just want to keep going back.
Written 25 February 2023
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trophywest
Redding, CA807 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
At the edge of the harbor, there is a place to see the osprey & seals. With a good camera, you can photograph these amazing birds. A fun time.
Written 17 February 2023
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... but keep your eye on the road if you're driving! Too many folks find themselves in the drink if they get distracted by the windy Portobello Rd.
Written 11 August 2023
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Joy V
Adelaide, Australia258 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Couples
This experience is fantastic. We drove along the portobello road and the views are fantastic. Can’t recommend it enough
Written 12 February 2023
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evets1232016
Sydney, Australia437 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
You won't find more amazing coastal scenery than this. We took Portobello Rd from Dunedin, which hugs the shore of Otago Harbour, on to the village of Portobello, and went from there out to the tip of the Otago peninsula at the Albatross centre. Then back to Portobello for lunch and a drink, and a trip out to beautiful Allan's Beach on the ocean side of the peninsula. There were sealions relaxing on the beach! Then back to Portobello, and driving on Highcliff Rd down the mountainous spine of the peninsula back to Dunedin, with incredible views of both Otago Harbour and the ocean. I think this was the perfect itinerary for the day. Be aware that the roads are narrow and winding, and there are only few safe places to stop to enjoy the views.
Written 12 February 2023
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Eaa1947
Gold Coast, Australia639 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
Once you get on the right road to the peninsula things look bright. Dunedin is full of one way streets and one can, and does, easily miss the turnoff. It is a slow and winding road that follows the shores of the Dunedin harbour. There are slow winding roads which also become hilly. You can go through several “villages” and have a break for Devonshire tea or the like. If the weather is good, enjoy the day trip.
Written 10 January 2023
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