Elm Wildlife Tours

Elm Wildlife Tours

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Beatrice and Cyrill

Switzerland

Ranking: 10/10

We saw Albatross, many other birds, seals, sea lions, penguins. A perfect day with enthusiastic guides.

Reviewed almost 3 years ago and experienced in May 2016

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Catherine Skow

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

My best day in New Zealand. Great value if you value experiencing rare wildlife and amazing scenery. Sea lions posing on the beach a few metres away, yellow eyed penguins returning from the sea, walking up steep hills and nesting in the forest, fur seal pups and mothers lying on the rocks, stray pups calling out for their absent mothers and albatross flying above. I am still smiling.

Reviewed about 3 years ago

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Yiying Zhang

Singapore

Ranking: 5/10

Definitely not worth paying NZ105 for this trip where you can see first seal, sea lion and penguins at other beaches (free access).

Reviewed about 5 years ago

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Jacques Revel

France

Ranking: 7/10

Interesting tour of Otago Peninsula with many animals but a little too expensive.

Reviewed over 5 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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Patricia Revel

France

Ranking: 7/10

$210 for two people for six hours. 30mins late for departure, no french documents for the animals, no driver for the 4x wheel drives. 2 groups, the first one could see the sealions awake, not the second.

Reviewed over 5 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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Kim Maertens

Belgium

Ranking: 9/10

We booked the" full option tour" Pick up at I site Dunedin. We spotted fur seals, sea- lions, yellow eyed, and blue penquins, and albatross. Very good organisation and small groups.

Reviewed over 5 years ago and experienced in December 2013

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Bjorn Van Mulders

Belgium

Ranking: 10/10

They offer a complete tour on private land- penquins, seals, royal albatross. Good guide.

Reviewed over 5 years ago and experienced in December 2013

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Jean Ch

France

Ranking: 10/10

Very instructive and fascinating. The guide has a very good and large knowledge of the Peninsula wildlife. We get close to sea lions, seals ans Penguins. The scenery by mini-bus (small groups) is also part of the trip. Worth it. Pick up at your accommodation.

Reviewed about 6 years ago

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Peter Adams

Canada

Ranking: 10/10

Super knowledge on part of the guide. Saw everything advertised by company. Saw a lot, learned a lot and good $$ value.

Reviewed about 7 years ago and experienced in March 2012

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Laura Diepeveen

Netherlands

Ranking: 9/10

Very interesting to see the conservation programme at work! Very informative, great enthusiastic guides.

Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in February 2012

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Karl Brachtl

Austria

Ranking: 10/10

Perfectly organised, informative and entertaining, very complete programme.

Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in February 2012

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Baas

Netherlands

Ranking: 8/10

Fantastic.

Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in February 2012

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Marian Stolker

Netherlands

Ranking: 9/10

Otago Peninsula Royal Albatross and Penguin Tour. Excellent tour, lots of information and time to spot wildlife.

Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in February 2012

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Ursi Meier

Switzerland

Ranking: 10/10

Awesome guided tours to penguins and seals and sea lions. Guide was very well on tour and made an interesting tour, despite the very rainy and windy winter. Thumbs up!

Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in February 2012

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Kasten Madsen

Denmark

Ranking: 9/10

Delivered what they promised and more.

Reviewed over 7 years ago

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Helle Thomsen

Denmark

Ranking: 10/10

Great tour, takes you onto a private beach where there are sea lions, seals and penguins. The guide is extremely knowledgable about local wild life. Highly recommend.

Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in November 2011

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jenckes

United States

Ranking: 1/10

Booked a tour with Elm over a year in advance. Was left waiting without communication at iCenter downtown Dunedin. These are irresponsible people running the tours, which took off 1 1/2 hours prior to the time on our confirmation. Never even made an effort to email or phone. They have a great product to view, but with this kind of irresponsiblity, surely someone will provide competent tours and thus end their behavior.

Reviewed about 8 years ago

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KatieW85

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Fantastic! Best wildlife trip we did in New Zealand. Very informative and friendly guides, great bus pick up service from town, and amazing viewing of all the animals. Albatross, blue and yellow eyed penguins, sea lions AND fur seals. The beach conservation area that the company maintain and add to is beautiful and they are really creating a haven for these creatures. Keep up the fantastic work and thanks so much!

Reviewed about 8 years ago

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Keith Ogley

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

Interesting tour with knowledgable and helpful guide.

Reviewed over 8 years ago and experienced in March 2011

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Phill2517

United States

Ranking: 8/10

A well presented tour of wild life in it's natural state on the Dunedin Peninsula. We loved the biggr penguis there

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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Betten

Netherlands

Ranking: 10/10

To the middle of nature with small groups. Seen seals and penguins.

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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JennyAndFelix

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Really good and interesting tour. We saw the Yellow-Eyed Penguins from a very close distance and the Sealions while fighting - really impressive. Our guide, Shaun, had a very high knowledge and told us a lot.

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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Katie Mitchell

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

We thoroughly loved this tour - went to the Albatross Centre & saw a couple of birds flying & then saw yellow eyed penguins, sea lions & fur seals. Staff were very friendly & informative.

Reviewed over 8 years ago and experienced in November 2008

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Marco Schoeggl

Austria

Ranking: 9/10

Outstanding wildlife tour, get as close as possible without worrying the animals, good service.

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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Danny and Loreen Way

Canada

Ranking: 7/10

We seen all the wildlife which was advertised. Josh, out guide was informative and professional. We missed out on a perfect opportunity to see the sea lions due to maybe misjudgement of our guide. Tour was from 3:30 - 9:30pm and no opportunity for food. For the price, a bagged lunch should have been included.

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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khs

United States

Ranking: 9/10

Excellent trip to see albatross, birds, penquins, seals and furseals. Great hiking and visits to places not available to the general public. Fantastic natural history knowledge by our guides. A little too much environmental politics thrown in, but interesting to hear the perspective.

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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Remco Smit

Netherlands

Ranking: 8/10

Great tour, amazing views, guides are very good in giving information and you get really close to the animals. This is in Dunedin (Otago Peninsula).

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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pamaho

Netherlands

Ranking: 10/10

We had a great tour on the Otago Peninsula.Good views of birdlife and furseals.And of course a good place to watch the yelloweyedpinguin.Good transport and a very kind guide.

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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MarcyMark

United States

Ranking: 10/10

Highlight of our trip! Sean and Sean could not have been more knowledgeable or passionate about the wildlife and making sure we had an enjoyable experience. We were a small group and so lucky! We saw at least a dozen penguin - some only a few feet away. Huge sea lions. Many fur seals and pups, four majestic teenage albatross flying, lots of shore birds. Would go back in a second and we recommend to everyone. Thank you Elm Wildlife for being there to protect and inform about these marvelous creatures. Keep up the good work!

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Stephanie K

Switzerland

Ranking: 10/10

good price, small group, good guide, very close to wildlife

Reviewed over 9 years ago and experienced in January 2010

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john england

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

brilliant day out with Elm Wildlife Tour, fantastic animal life and knowledgeable guides

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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AndyL

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

I went on the tour which included a boat trip and thought the trip was amazing. On the boat trip we saw a pod of Hectars Dolphins, Fur seals and one sealion as well as various seabirds. The tour then took us to a great sealion colony which you see from above and then a beach where you can watch Yellow-eyed penguins come in for the night. The Penguins didn't seem that worried by us and walked by quite close. We saw about six come in out of the water and got to see some others standing around with their chicks.

Reviewed almost 10 years ago

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jjakkeren

Netherlands

Ranking: 8/10

Very good guides. Maybe stayed too long at the albatrosses. These bird watching guides know alot.

Reviewed about 10 years ago and experienced in April 2009

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Greg18

United States

Ranking: 9/10

Really enjoyed seeing the wildlife so close up. The landscape was beautiful and animals were great. The only drawback was that the tour guides were a bit odd.

Reviewed about 10 years ago and experienced in March 2009

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naturelover

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Like the other people say, this tour has a fair amount of driving, but I think it shows the lengths these people go for the customer. We visited crossed a private farm to see more seals than you could poke a stick at while the Yellow Eyed Penguins are special creatures. I was really impressed with conservation efforts between the operator and farmer. Makes for a great story.

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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Christoph

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Amazing tour. I never imagined how close we would be to the seals and penguins.The scenery was so beutiful to.

Reviewed over 10 years ago and experienced in February 2009

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Louise

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

We got up very close to seals, yellow eyed penguins and sea lion. We also saw the albatrosses and lots of other birds. It was good to join the tour at the Dunedin Centre as we found out alot from the guide on the way to the peninsular.

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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John&Denise

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

An amazing trip. We saw albatross flying over our heads, fur seals 3 metres below us, yellow eyed penguins 2 metres away and sea lions almost too close for comfort.

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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Claire

United Kingdom

Ranking: 6/10

A rather wet afternoon and evening but we still saw a wealth of wildlife - spoonbills, terns, shags, fleeting glimpse of an albatross and storm petrel as well as seals, seal lions and penguins. The tour does include lots of driving round and the guide did taunt the seals and penguins into action which I wasn't keen on. However, generally good value and an enjoyable experience.

Reviewed almost 11 years ago

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Aileen

Ireland

Ranking: 9/10

I went on the wild tour in Dunedin and it was excellent. Saw yellow eyed penguins, albatross and had plenty of time there.

Reviewed almost 11 years ago

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Claire Masling

Ranking: 10/10

Amazing experience, very informative - worth every penny.

Reviewed over 11 years ago

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Thomas

Switzerland

Ranking: 8/10

Really good tour at a reasonable price. 5 -6 hours seeing Penguins, Sealions, Seals and Albatross.

Reviewed over 11 years ago

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Timothy

England

Ranking: 7/10

A lot of driving around. But very informative.

Reviewed almost 12 years ago

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Gerber Liselotte

Switzerland

Ranking: 10/10

A highlight. Wonderful.

Reviewed almost 12 years ago

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Will

United Kingdom

Ranking: 7/10

Maybe a little expensive but very knowledgeable guides.

Reviewed about 12 years ago and experienced in April 2007