Dunedin – where nature’s wildlife abound

albatross Known as the wildlife capital of New Zealand, Dunedin is a favoured visit for many Antarctic species. 

Albatrosses, shags, blue penguins, fur seals and the world’s rarest penguin, the yellow-eyed penguin can all be seen here.  Taiaroa Head is the world's only mainland albatross breeding colony, amazingly within sight of the city.

Tidal estuaries have an abundance of wading bird species and further down the coast are Moturata Island at Taieri Mouth, an unusual tombolo and wildlife reserve, which can often be accessed at low tide.

You can fish off the coast, catch salmon in the harbour and there's trout in Lake Mahinerangi and the Taieri and Waikouaiti rivers.

marinestudiesAlready world-famous for its surfing, Dunedin harbour is gaining a big reputation for windsurfing.

There's mountain biking on Signal Hill and in the mountains behind the city.

Walk, mountain bike or horse ride along the Otago Central Rail Trail, a unique recreational facility and tourism attraction, which preserves, largely intact, 150km of the former railway line, an important part of Otago's history.

South of Dunedin is the short but sharp Tunnel Beach Walking Track which drops down to a tunnel hewn through sandstone to a secluded coastal cove.

These are just some of the adventures that await you in Dunedin.

larnachcastleWant to know more about the Dunedin region?  Visit www.dunedinnz.com

Images provided by Tourism Dunedin