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Dunedin Otago Peninsula and Yellow-Eyed Penguins Excursion Reviews

Peninsula tours focus on penguin conservation and close-up observation from a system of hides and trenches.
This was billed as a bike tour of Ortago.
This was billed as a bike tour of Ortago. Tour guides were very informative and personable although this excursion was more like a short bike ride sandwiched between two long van rides. Scenery was beautiful but no penguis were spotted.
This was billed as a bike tour of Ortago. Tour guides were very informative and personable although this excursion was more like a short bike ride sandwiched between two long van rides. Scenery was beautiful but no penguis were spotted. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Included the Royal Albatross Center as well, and driving tour of Dunedin.
Included the Royal Albatross Center as well, and driving tour of Dunedin. Great tour!
Included the Royal Albatross Center as well, and driving tour of Dunedin. Great tour! Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
Dunedin: Otago Penguin and Dunedin Panorama Experience 15 minutes with Penguins, more than two ...
Dunedin: Otago Penguin and Dunedin Panorama Experience 15 minutes with Penguins, more than two hours of butt numbing bus ride. Admittedly beautiful but not worth it.
Dunedin: Otago Penguin and Dunedin Panorama Experience 15 minutes with Penguins, more than two hours of butt numbing bus ride. Admittedly beautiful but not worth it. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Not unheard of I know, but the day was very very wet.
Not unheard of I know, but the day was very very wet. But, we enjoyed seeing penguins and seals in the wild...
Not unheard of I know, but the day was very very wet. But, we enjoyed seeing penguins and seals in the wild... Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
The boat was great.
The boat was great. Plenty of room for everyone and the narration was good. We saw the expected wildlife, and then some. Great trip.
The boat was great. Plenty of room for everyone and the narration was good. We saw the expected wildlife, and then some. Great trip. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Viking Ocean Cruises
It was a rainy day and a long drive to the Otago peninsula...we only saw one baby penguin in the ...
It was a rainy day and a long drive to the Otago peninsula...we only saw one baby penguin in the wild, but several in the rehab center. On a sunny day it would have been a much nicer experience.
It was a rainy day and a long drive to the Otago peninsula...we only saw one baby penguin in the wild, but several in the rehab center. On a sunny day it would have been a much nicer experience. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Lovely to sea wildlife in its natural habitat guides very informative
Lovely to sea wildlife in its natural habitat guides very informative
Lovely to sea wildlife in its natural habitat guides very informative Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Expansive and beautifully located penguin rescue and rehab facility.
Expansive and beautifully located penguin rescue and rehab facility.
Expansive and beautifully located penguin rescue and rehab facility. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
We booked this excursion thru the cruise line.
We booked this excursion thru the cruise line. We drove in a large bus to the Peninsula. Once there, we visited the Albatross center and saw many birds nesting. We then rode in ATV's to see several nesting penguins and many baby ... Read More
We booked this excursion thru the cruise line. We drove in a large bus to the Peninsula. Once there, we visited the Albatross center and saw many birds nesting. We then rode in ATV's to see several nesting penguins and many baby seals. Box lunches were provided. On the way back, we got a quick scenic tour of the city. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Ponant
We booked them through Zealandier, priavte tour, covering everything we wanted to see on this port.
We booked them through Zealandier, priavte tour, covering everything we wanted to see on this port. They were superb, best day of the cruise. Ask for Trii, she was the best!
We booked them through Zealandier, priavte tour, covering everything we wanted to see on this port. They were superb, best day of the cruise. Ask for Trii, she was the best! Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Absolutely amazing natures wonders.
Absolutely amazing natures wonders. Saw seals and yellow nose penquins
Absolutely amazing natures wonders. Saw seals and yellow nose penquins Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
There is only one pair of breeding yellow-eyed penguins, but we got to see a chick.
There is only one pair of breeding yellow-eyed penguins, but we got to see a chick. Since this species does not breed in captivity or tolerate egg swapping, there is little that can be done to manage them. The tour helps support the ... Read More
There is only one pair of breeding yellow-eyed penguins, but we got to see a chick. Since this species does not breed in captivity or tolerate egg swapping, there is little that can be done to manage them. The tour helps support the activities at the reserve. We also saw numerous little blue penguins, and seals pulled out on the rocks. A great experience for us was watching one of the rehabilitated yellow-eyed penguins being released. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
Visited Dunedin in early morning & saw highlights - train station, world's steepest street (Baldwin ...
Visited Dunedin in early morning & saw highlights - train station, world's steepest street (Baldwin Street), University of Otago, beautiful views from Signal Hill. Had absolutely breath-taking scenery on drive to Larnach Castle. ... Read More
Visited Dunedin in early morning & saw highlights - train station, world's steepest street (Baldwin Street), University of Otago, beautiful views from Signal Hill. Had absolutely breath-taking scenery on drive to Larnach Castle. Enjoyed gardens of castle & had so-so lunch there. Highlight of excrusion was visit to Penguin Place, where saw several yellow-eyed penguins & some happy looking seals sun-bathing on rocks. Also made brief stop at Taiaroa Head where we saw albatross soaring overhead Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
one of the highlights of our trip the company AMAZING TOURS in DUNEDIN was brilliant and made our ...
one of the highlights of our trip the company AMAZING TOURS in DUNEDIN was brilliant and made our time in Dunedin great. we booked online from OZ and had no problems with them. The whole tour is great seeing the seal pups up close is the ... Read More
one of the highlights of our trip the company AMAZING TOURS in DUNEDIN was brilliant and made our time in Dunedin great. we booked online from OZ and had no problems with them. The whole tour is great seeing the seal pups up close is the best. Our tour guide was amazing too cant thank you enough Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Redeemed tours on ship.
Redeemed tours on ship. Akaroa was next and is not on your list (probably have Christchurch). Wine and Cheese/Sheep Shearing. 5 will be a 5+ when leaving from Christchurch and not such a winding, long bus ride (Got car sick Dunedin and ... Read More
Redeemed tours on ship. Akaroa was next and is not on your list (probably have Christchurch). Wine and Cheese/Sheep Shearing. 5 will be a 5+ when leaving from Christchurch and not such a winding, long bus ride (Got car sick Dunedin and Akaroa. Read Less
Sail Date March 2013
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Dunedin was a great port call; but the ship actually uses Port Chalmers, then guests are ...
Dunedin was a great port call; but the ship actually uses Port Chalmers, then guests are transported into Dunedin and other venues for Dunedin. The staff who conduct tours to see Yellow-eyed Penguins, were all very helpful and gave a lot ... Read More
Dunedin was a great port call; but the ship actually uses Port Chalmers, then guests are transported into Dunedin and other venues for Dunedin. The staff who conduct tours to see Yellow-eyed Penguins, were all very helpful and gave a lot of good information about the penguins and their habits. They are amazing animals. This excursion will also allow the passengers to visit the local train depot and other city sights. Read Less
Sail Date February 2013
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
We hired a car and had a wonderful day driving round the Otago Peninsula - you need to get out and ...
We hired a car and had a wonderful day driving round the Otago Peninsula - you need to get out and get onto the beaches - spectacular scenery, sea lions on the beach,sadly no penguins.
We hired a car and had a wonderful day driving round the Otago Peninsula - you need to get out and get onto the beaches - spectacular scenery, sea lions on the beach,sadly no penguins. Read Less
Sail Date January 2013
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Dunedin, New Zealand-----We took the “Otago Penguin and Dunedin Panorama Experience” ships tour ...
Dunedin, New Zealand-----We took the “Otago Penguin and Dunedin Panorama Experience” ships tour 5 hours. It starts with a drive thru the city while pointing out various places of interest, and then stops at the Botanical Gardens for a ... Read More
Dunedin, New Zealand-----We took the “Otago Penguin and Dunedin Panorama Experience” ships tour 5 hours. It starts with a drive thru the city while pointing out various places of interest, and then stops at the Botanical Gardens for a bathroom break and an opportunity to walk thru the gardens which are beautiful. The highlight of this tour was the Yellow Eyed Penguin Reserve. We were able to walk down to a bunker that was on the same level as the Penguin’s habitat. One caveat is that you descend down a winding path, but, you ascend up 85 steps which might be a challenge for some. Read Less
Sail Date January 2013
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises