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Personalized Tour of Dunedin
"Dunedin has much to offer in the way of wildlife and historic buildings. In the city itself we have excellent Edwardian and Victorian architecture including the historic train station and Otago University. The Botanic Gardens Otago museum and the Early Settlers museum are also worth a visit at no cost. There are also some excellent spots for photo opportunities of the entire city.Only one hour north of Dunedin is the amazing Moeraki boulders and a nearby seal and sea lion Natures Wonders and Penguin Place each of which offer guided tours. On the way we have amazing scenery between our typical New Zealand hilly sheep country and the Pacific Ocean. You can also visit the historic homestead of Olveston or enjoy the Cadbury C if any attractions are wanting to be visited the clients pays for the ticket locally and it isn't included in the price.""""Our 4 hour personalized tours of Dunedin for small groups of a maximum of 4 people give you the best way to see Dunedin. Tours can include wildlife historic buildings
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Mount Cook to Queenstown Tour
"Journey deep into the Southern Alps on a half day sightseeing tour from Mount Cook to Queenstown.Set off to Queenstown in a luxury coach enjoying the commentary from your local driver guide as you travel south. Travel through rugged high country landscape of the Mackenzie Basin. Skirting the shores of Lake Dunstan your tour crosses the Lindis Pass into Omarama for afternoon tea (own expense).Relax as you take in the spectacular scenery that changes from rugged ranges and mirror lakes to the winding Kawarau River Gorge before emerging into the lush green farmland surrounding your destination of Queenstown where you will be transferred to your hotel.""""Be mesmerised by the alpine surroundings of the truly unique region of New Zealand's South Island as you leave Mount Cook on a one-way tour to Queenstown. Depart Mount Cook village in the afternoon and travel down the western side of Lake Pukaki
From NZD181.00
 
Mount Cook to Wanaka Tour
"Stop for a short afternoon tea break in the farming community of Omarama before beginning the ascent over the Lindis Pass into the historical gold mining region of Central Otago. On your arrival at the small town of Tarras transfer to a shuttle service which will take you on the last leg of your journey to picturesque Wanaka located on the southern shores of Lake Wanaka where you will be transferred to your hotel.""""In the afternoon depart the Mount Cook village and travel down the western side of Lake Pukaki at the foot of New Zealand's tallest mountain
From NZD209.00

Yellow-Eyed Penguins Tips (5)

Gently visit the yellow eyed penguins colony

Bushy beach is a quiet are along Oamaru coast, where you are likely to see yellow eyed penguins. Differently from the little blue penguins, yellow eyed are very shy, they don't like to see or hear humans. The beach is visible from high above, bringing a pair of binoculars and/or camera zooms is a very good idea!
We were lucky enough to see one penguin, he showed off a lot while we were all silently looking at him! Be there at around 7pm to make sure you don't miss their rendez-vous!
Entrance to the onservation area is free.

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BurgerQueen
Nov 12, 2012

Yellow-Eyed Penguins

On the Bushy Beach Road (Ask in visitor centre for map or directions) is a nesting site for Yellow-Eyed Penguins. Go to the watch towers at dusk any see them coming back to feed their chicks. They are not as numerous as the Blue Penguins in the harbour but much cuter and therefore worth the wait.

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iammon
Mar 23, 2008

Yellow Eyed Penguins

The penguins have become a major attraction in Oamaru over the past few years. These yellow eyed penguins are a bit larger than the little blue penguins, and are able to be seen during daylight hours. This means they can also be photographed - no flash is required.

Do take care to keep voices and noise down when they are nearby to avoid causing distress. It is a good idea to take warm clothes as the wind coming in off the Pacific Ocean can be cold. It is possible to walk down a track to the beach where seals and sealions are often seen.

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K1W1
Mar 23, 2006

Endangered Species....

The yellow eyed penguins are one of the most endangered of the penguin species. There are only about 4000 or so in the world...

Note the metal band on the right wing of the adult... Its used for tracking by the local conservation group...

The picture here is another penguin nest close up, thanks to the guided tour by the local conservation group here at Oamaru...

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kenmerk
May 28, 2003
 
 
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Yellow-eyed Penguin Nest

Take the guided tour at sunset, and the guide will take you right up close to some of the yellow eyed penguin nests near Oamaru..

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kenmerk
May 28, 2003
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Things to Do Near Oamaru

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Blue Penguin Colony

A big blue penguin colony settled down in Oamaru, giving you a unique opportunity to observe these little lovely animals from very close. Penguins are used to come back from the seaside in the...
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Moeraki Boulders

The coast and specially the boulders make a very nice day trip (or if you are on the way from/to Dundin a great stopping place) out of Oamaru (SH1, 30 km south of Oamaru). The little fishing village...
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