Introduction to Otago Peninsula


Otago Peninsula > Introduction to Otago Peninsula


The Otago Peninsula is arguably New Zealand’s most renowned eco tourism area. There are unique opportunities to view a remarkable range of wildlife including Royal Albatross, blue penguins and the rare yellow- eyed penguins, a variety of seals, water and wading birds.

Explore the Peninsula’s well preserved and colourful history. Larnach Castle, Glenfalloch Woodland Gardens and the Disappearing Gun at Taiaroa Head are just some of the highlights of any visit.

Discover the talents of current residents when you visit the galleries, studio and craft shops that dot the small townships and bays.

Otago Peninsula’s cafes and restaurants offer a good selection of food at reasonable prices and the opportunity to sample some of New Zealand’s award-winning Central Otago wines.

A variety of accommodation styles to suit all budgets is available on the Otago Peninsula. Stay a little longer and enjoy the hospitality found at our bed and breakfasts, farmstays, homestays, motels and self-contained units, cottages, backpackers, lodges and camping grounds.

If making a 64km round tour of the Peninsula you may choose to travel the harbourside road out to Taiaroa Heads and return to Dunedin via the high road. Highcliff Road offers magnificent coastal and city views as well as numerous photo opportunities.

There is a new ferry service operating between Portobello and Port Chalmers.

A request to visitors: we want you to enjoy your time on the Otago Peninsula and so we would ask that you show consideration to other people driving on the roads by using the various parking bays that are provided allowing sightseeing opportunities.

The Otago Peninsula roads are popular with pedestrians and cyclists, for this reason we urge caution when driving.

There are a number of optional detours and walks for those with time to spare - and the time is always well spent. Wildlife and their natural habitats are precious and access to tracks and viewing areas is given with permission of landowners. As the saying goes - take nothing but photographs, leave nothing but footprints.

For those wishing to sit back, relax and enjoy the coastal scenery, there is a variety of excellent wildlife and scenic tours available, either by land or harbour cruises. Bookings can be made for these at the Dunedin i-Site Visitor Centre

Where can you camp on the Otago Peninsula? Camping is permitted in designated camping grounds - camping is not permitted on reserves.

Only self-contained campervans (compliant with NZS5465:2001) can stay on public land and DCC carparks for up to two consecutive nights at one site, as long as there are no more than three campervans within a 50m radius and it is legally parked (no parking on grass). There is a recently produced DCC pamphlet available to you.

For information on where to camp please visit www.dunedin.govt.nz or Freedom Camping

Approximate Distance Guide from the Dunedin Visitor Centre / Octagon:
  • Natures Wonders - 32 kilometres
  • Royal Albatross Colony - 31 kilometres
  • Wellers Rock - 27 kilometres
  • Portobello Village - 19 kilometres
  • Larnach Castle - 15 kilometres
  • Broad Bay - 15.5 kilometres
  • Macandrew Bay Village - 11 kilometres
  • Glenfalloch Woodland Gardens - 10 kilometres
  • Peninsula Map: Portsmouth Drive - 3 kilometres

Be aware there are no petrol / gas stations on the Otago Peninsula.



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