After driving past the port district of Dunedin, head out along the Otago Peninsula--a narrow and hilly stretch of land that shelters Otago Harbour from the Pacific Ocean.
The coastal drive will take you past many small seaside communities, including MacAndrew Bay and Portobello.
At Penguin Place--an award-winning penguin-conservation project—you will have the privilege of entering a protected yellow-eyed penguin nesting area.
A carefully controlled and informative tour begins with a talk about the penguins and their conservation before a guide takes you to the beachside colony where well-camouflaged trenches and hides among the dunes allow excellent proximity to the penguins and great photographic opportunities.
Proceeds from the tour are used to fund the conservation work and a unit that looks after injured penguins.
On your return to Port Chalmers, you’ll pass through downtown Dunedin.
Wildlife sightings are likely but are not guaranteed. Minimum age is 4 years. Not advisable for guests with mobility limitations. There are 90 steps down to the trenches and 90 steps back up to the coach. Some areas of the trenches require participants to bend over to view the penguins.