Leaving the ship, you'll begin your tour with a picturesque drive past the charming towns of Sawyer's Bay, Roseneath and St. Leonard's, which all rest along the shores of beautiful Otago Harbor. Your drive then continues along the craggy coastline to Natures Wonders, located just beyond Taiaroa Head.
Arriving at the Center's Reception area, you'll be given a full overview of safety procedures by a fully trained local guide before boarding the Argo, an 8-wheel drive vehicle, built specifically to take you places that are normally inaccessible. Although some of the track takes you over rough terrain, the Argo provides a surprisingly smooth ride during this completely exhilarating experience.
The Otago Peninsula headland is arguably the most precious wildlife habitat in New Zealand and the farm owned by the Reid family is right on the forefront of this headland. Here, amidst truly spectacular scenery, the world's rarest penguins, the yellow-eyed Hoiho, the little blue penguins, the New Zealand fur seals, and the Spotted Shags all live in harmony. All of this is experienced up close from your Argo and with an informative commentary being provided by your knowledgeable guide.
The first stop along your route will be the mythical Maui's Footprint location which offers breathtaking panoramic views over the Otago Peninsula. Descending from a height of 620 feet above sea level, you will then stop at a breeding colony of Cormorants, also Spotted Shag, found nestled on a rugged cliff face that rises directly above the crashing waves of the Pacific Ocean.
Continuing on, you'll arrive next at an area for a very close encounter with a breeding colony of New Zealand Fur seals and their adorable pups. It's a definite treat to watch them in their natural habitat, basking on the rocks and swimming in the pools right before you. A beachfront ride will then bring you to Penguin Beach. From this location you'll be able to view little blue penguins in their nests and perhaps spot some very rare and shy, yellow-eyed penguins as well.
Your route then ascends from the beach back to the highest point on the farm. At 659 feet above sea level, this spot affords an absolutely amazing 360-degree view of this awesome peninsula and its remarkable natural setting.
Arriving once more in Dunedin, your coach will take you on a brief tour of some of the city's highlights before returning to the pier.
Please note: This tour is not available to wheelchair guests or those with mobility concerns. Comfortable walking shoes with a non-slip sole and a warm, waterproof and windproof jacket are highly recommended. Wildlife sightings are not guaranteed. The order of the sites visited may vary. This tour does not operate with a separate guide, but rather with a driver/guide.