After breakfast you are picked up for your full-day tour of the area. First take a short walk to the top of Mount Cargill for an overview of Dunedin. From your vantage point you can see the Otago gold rush left a legacy of ornate Victorian and Edwardian buildings, regarded as the best collection in the Southern Hemisphere. The Flemish Renaissance-styled railway station is one outstanding example. You’ll get a closer look at this, the most photographed building in New Zealand, as well as the First Church of Otago, St Paul's Cathedral, the Town Hall and Clock Tower, St. Joseph's Cathedral, the University of Otago and Baldwin Street - the Steepest Street in the world. After lunch continue to the stunning Otago Peninsula ~ a safe haven for a variety of wildlife who thrive despite the wild southern storms that lash this exposed coastline.
Your introduction to this environment will be a short coastal walk accompanied by the native birdlife, followed by a visit to the Royal Albatross centre at Taiaroa headland. If you want to see the world's biggest sea bird close-up, then this is as good as it gets. This is a unique opportunity to watch these magnificent birds on their nesting area at Taiaroa Head. From here your guide will take you to one of the Otago Peninsula’s wildlife “hotspots”, where you’ll visit places where the best possible viewing of Hooker's Sea lions, Yellow-eyed Penguins, Blue Penguins, a breeding colony of New Zealand Fur Seals and Royal Albatross can be had. Furthermore, 25-30 other estuarine and marine bird species are seen during the experience (total hiking 2.5 hours in forest and beach).