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People come from all over the world to see the wildlife that lives on Dunedin's doorstep.

Dunedin is the wildlife capital of New Zealand due to the amazing array of endangered species in close proximity to the city. The coastal terrain, secluded beaches and bushclad hills are the perfect habitat for all manner of creatures of wing and water.

Otago Peninsula Wildlife and Tours

Globally renowned as a wildlife and eco-tourism destination, the peninsula is home to some of New Zealand's most rare and endangered species. Dunedin City's beautiful Otago Peninsula stretches along the southern edge of the Otago Harbour and is an area of outstanding biodiversity. The best way to view wildlife is with a guided tour, which are able to access areas not open to the public and follow recommended guidelines so as not to cause stress to animals.

Orokonui Ecosanctuary

Orokonui Ecosanctuary, just 20kms north of Dunedin, is a specially protected native forest where visitors may see tuatara and 17 species of native birds. It has a track network to suit all abilities and offers self-guided walking and guided tours. all ahead or check their website for opening hours.


For organised tours that include local expert knowledge and transport to the Orokonui Ecosanctuary and Otago Peninsula contact the& Start with i-Site Dunedin i-SITE Visitor Centre

Dunedin Wildlife and Conservation Charities

Dunedin has many committed wildlife and conservation charities working to protect the unique and endangered local wildlife and habitats. Find out more about volunteer opportunities or donating to the causes.

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Wildlife you are likely to see in and around Dunedin

Find out about the unique wildlife that call Dunedin home. Seals, sea lions, little blue penguins, yellow eyed penguins, albatross, native New Zealand birds and more, all found on your doorstep.

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Tiaki Promise

In Ōtepoti Dunedin, the Tiaki Promise means looking after our wildlife, peninsula, beaches, land and respecting everyone you meet, visitor or local. By following the Tiaki Promise, you are making a commitment to New Zealand and Dunedin. To act as a guardian, protecting and preserving our home.