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Yellow-eyed penguins of Otago, New Zealand

Otago

Visit Otago

Introduction

The hilly Otago Peninsula to the east of Dunedin is one of New Zealand's most impressive wildlife hotspots. Species here include the little penguin, hooker sea lions, elephant and fur seals and the endangered yellow-eyed penguin, or hoiho, which features on the reverse of a NZ$5 note.

The real celebrities however are the royal albatrosses, which can be spotted at Taiaroa Head. These magnificent birds, with a wingspan of between two and three metres, usually breed on offshore islands - making the Otago Peninsula the only mainland albatross-breeding colony in the world.

 

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Special offers in Otago

Queenstown, New Zealand

Highlights of New Zealand

19-day tailor-made self-drive from £3,075 pp incl. flights

Special
offer

Free Singapore stopover

Flight offer – Save up to £175 pp
Book by: 15 September 2019

With boutique hotel stays and car hire included throughout, this curated road trip perfectly showcases the unique cultures and natural wonders of New Zealand's North and South islands.

Maui Ultima Elite

New Zealand by Motorhome

20-day motorhome self-drive from £2,720 pp incl. flights

Special
offer

Free Singapore stopover

Flight offer – Save up to £205 pp
Book by: 15 September 2019

From the subtropical beaches of the Bay of Islands, the geothermal pools of Rotorua and wine lands of Hawke's Bay to the majestic glaciers of Fox and Franz Josef and the towering peaks of the Southern Alps, New Zealand is home to some of the world's most spectacular driving routes.

Top itineraries in Otago

Rotorua, New Zealand

Cultural Highlights of New Zealand

19-day tailor-made self-drive from £3,345 pp incl. flights

Free Singapore stopover

A tip-to-toe tour of New Zealand, taking in the best of its landscapes and culture, and calling into filming locations from The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.

Bay of Islands, New Zealand

Wilderness Highlights of New Zealand

23-day tailor-made self-drive from £6,510 pp incl. flights

Free Singapore stopover

Discover the spectacular landscapes of New Zealand's north and south islands on this fly-drive holiday, which includes a journey across the Southern Alps aboard the iconic TranzAlpine Express.

Mountain picnic, Queenstown, New Zealand

Culinary Highlights of New Zealand

25-day tailor-made self-drive from £6,320 pp incl. flights

Free Singapore stopover

With a focus on food and wine, this luxury fly-drive covers many of New Zealand's highlights, taking in the everything from the rolling vineyards of Hawke's Bay to the snow-capped peaks of the Southern Alps.

Church of the Good Shepherd, Lake Tekapo, New Zealand

New Zealand Highlighter

14-day escorted tour & rail journey from £5,305 pp incl. flights

Free Singapore stopover

Beginning in Auckland in the North Island, this escorted tour from leading tour operator APT winds its way through the length and breadth of New Zealand, taking in the country's star attractions along the way.

Top places to stay in Otago

Main Lodge, Matakauri Lodge

Matakauri Lodge, Queenstown

Small & intimate lodge

Located just seven minutes from the lively centre of Queenstown, Matakauri Lodge sits on the shores of stunning Lake Wakatipu. With breathtaking views over the jagged peaks of the Remarkables mountain range, this lodge is a world away from the hustle and bustle of New Zealand's adventure capital.

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