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Things to Do

Otago Peninsula


"In my opinion, the Otago Peninsula is the finest example of Eco-Tourism in the world." - David Bellamy, British author, broadcaster, environmental campaigner & botanist



Royal Albatross Colony
Witness the fascinating social and family life of the Northern Royal Albatross in the world's only mainland breeding colony. Devoted mothers guarding their chicks; adolescents posturing as only juveniles can; courtship proceedings; nest building and interplay. Enjoy the privilege of viewing these majestic seabirds in their natural environment. Interesting albatross facts are:
Albatross life spans can exceed 60 years
They can reach speeds of over 100kph during flight
Young albatross stay at sea continuously for up to 5 years prior to reaching mating maturity
Albatross have a wing span of over 3 metres
The Royal Albatross Colony is a wildlife reserve managed by the NZ Department of Conservation and has been the subject of 70 years of continuous research
Tour fees contribute to the on-going research and the day-to-day bird management programme


Fort Taiaroa
Stand by for a journey into New Zealand's colonial past. Experience the tunnels of Fort Taiaroa which were Otago's answer to the perceived Russian invasion in the 1880's.
Informative displays illustrate the history of the headland fort complex
Man the 6 inch Armstrong disappearing gun - the world's first successful breach loader - sited in its original gun pit and maintained in working condition
Marvel at the poutokomanawa (carved pole) which depicts the Maori history of the headland


Larnach Castle
William Larnach, seated alone in a committee room in Parliament, took his own life with a single pistol shot to the head. Thus died one of New Zealand's most remarkable men. A successful landowner, Minister of the Crown, banker, financier and merchant Baron, Larnach's lasting legacy was his great castle overlooking the spectacular Otago Harbour.
Larnach Castle is New Zealand's only castle and has an exciting, sometimes scandalous, sometimes tragic history
It offers a vision of the past and present
Magnificent carved ceilings
Antiques and breathtaking views
35 acres of gardens and grounds