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Time: 1 - 3 hrs depending on track choice.

The Otago Peninsula forms a long finger that stretches about 30km on the southern side of the Otago Harbour. It's an amazing place of white sand beaches, sea cliffs and cool wildlife.

There are a range of walking tracks where walkers can come across yellow eyed-penguins, Hooker's sea lion, NZ fur seals and oyster catchers. DOC has created a hide at Sandfly bay, from where you can observe the penguins without disturbing them. Please respect these little beasts and leave you dogs at home - penguins aren't toys...

Check out walks to Sandfly bay, Sandymount, the Chasm and Lovers Leap.

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13 reviews with the most recent first

Thanks to all the good people working for the NZ Department of Conservation - for all your hard work - making NZ more beautiful, accessable and healthy! Cheers 😍

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Dennis Bittner

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Great scenery driving/hiking on Highcliff Road. From there one can reach the bay area or hike down to the pacific coast. Awesome view and picnic opportunity at Rotary Park.

Reviewed over 1 year ago and experienced in November 2016

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Simon Dauwe

Belgium

Ranking: 8/10

Saw sea lions and Albatross. No penguins though. Beautiful area!

Reviewed over 1 year ago and experienced in November 2016

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Elien Dauwe

Belgium

Ranking: 8/10

We saw heaps of Albatross and seals, very spectacular and well worth the drive.

Reviewed over 1 year ago and experienced in November 2016

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Hannah Stiles

United States

Ranking: 10/10

Seals, penguins and birds catching fish in the cascading waves.

Reviewed about 2 years ago and experienced in January 2016

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Jared and Evi

Canada

Ranking: 10/10

With Otago Peninsula and its wildlife, Dunedin is my favourite city in New Zealand. The Victorian architecture, the nightlife and the vibes are a great combination. Make sure you visit while the university students are there!

Reviewed about 2 years ago and experienced in January 2016

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Jill Stebbing

England

Ranking: 10/10

We walked down to the bay where the seals are asleep all around us plus some swimming right close to the shore!

Reviewed over 2 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Solange Bourbeois

Argentina

Ranking: 6/10

It is a long trip to reach the albatross viewing point. Nice landscape. No penguins before sunset.

Reviewed over 2 years ago and experienced in February 2016

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magdalena gomez haedo

Uruguay

Ranking: 7/10

We went for a ride and then walked through the beaches. We couldn't see the penguins but if you go at 6.00am or at sunset you could see them. Nice peninsula full of birds. We saw some albatross.

Reviewed over 2 years ago and experienced in February 2016

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Anssens Weber Florie Brian

France

Ranking: 9/10

Our favorite walk during our trip. We choosed the Lover Leap track.

Reviewed almost 3 years ago

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Chris

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Allen's Beach. Get lucky and you can watch for seals on the beach!

Reviewed about 8 years ago and experienced in May 2010

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Sarah_rae

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

Amazing wildlife, well sign posted, good views. Enjoyed.

Reviewed over 8 years ago and experienced in March 2009

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Hans Suess

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Beautiful views and short walks to different Bays (Sandfly Bay + Ocean Grove)

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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Huber

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

From Sandfly Beach to Lovers Leap walk through huge sand dunes, ends at amazing cliff.

Reviewed over 8 years ago

13 reviews with the most recent first

Thanks to all the good people working for the NZ Department of Conservation - for all your hard work - making NZ more beautiful, accessable and healthy! Cheers 😍

Dennis Bittner's avatar

Dennis Bittner

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Great scenery driving/hiking on Highcliff Road. From there one can reach the bay area or hike down to the pacific coast. Awesome view and picnic opportunity at Rotary Park.

Reviewed over 1 year ago and experienced in November 2016

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Simon Dauwe

Belgium

Ranking: 8/10

Saw sea lions and Albatross. No penguins though. Beautiful area!

Reviewed over 1 year ago and experienced in November 2016

Conservation Campsite Pass

Save up to 70% on campsite fees! Support conservation and experience the natural beauty of NZ. 93 Department of Conservation campsites, one convenient pass.

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Elien Dauwe

Belgium

Ranking: 8/10

We saw heaps of Albatross and seals, very spectacular and well worth the drive.

Reviewed over 1 year ago and experienced in November 2016

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Hannah Stiles

United States

Ranking: 10/10

Seals, penguins and birds catching fish in the cascading waves.

Reviewed about 2 years ago and experienced in January 2016

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Jared and Evi

Canada

Ranking: 10/10

With Otago Peninsula and its wildlife, Dunedin is my favourite city in New Zealand. The Victorian architecture, the nightlife and the vibes are a great combination. Make sure you visit while the university students are there!

Reviewed about 2 years ago and experienced in January 2016

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Jill Stebbing

England

Ranking: 10/10

We walked down to the bay where the seals are asleep all around us plus some swimming right close to the shore!

Reviewed over 2 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Solange Bourbeois

Argentina

Ranking: 6/10

It is a long trip to reach the albatross viewing point. Nice landscape. No penguins before sunset.

Reviewed over 2 years ago and experienced in February 2016

Avoid Camping Fines!

The only camping map where each location is approved by every regional council in NZ. So if it shows on the map, you’re allowed to stay.

The Rankers Camping NZ app, is also in association with…

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magdalena gomez haedo

Uruguay

Ranking: 7/10

We went for a ride and then walked through the beaches. We couldn't see the penguins but if you go at 6.00am or at sunset you could see them. Nice peninsula full of birds. We saw some albatross.

Reviewed over 2 years ago and experienced in February 2016

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Anssens Weber Florie Brian

France

Ranking: 9/10

Our favorite walk during our trip. We choosed the Lover Leap track.

Reviewed almost 3 years ago

Chris's avatar

Chris

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Allen's Beach. Get lucky and you can watch for seals on the beach!

Reviewed about 8 years ago and experienced in May 2010

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Camping NZ App

Every camping site on your iPhone™, iPad™ or Android™ phone or tablet. Avoid camping penalties using this council approved app. Featuring offline maps.

Download from the App Store Download Android app on Google Play

Sarah_rae's avatar

Sarah_rae

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

Amazing wildlife, well sign posted, good views. Enjoyed.

Reviewed over 8 years ago and experienced in March 2009

Hans Suess's avatar

Hans Suess

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Beautiful views and short walks to different Bays (Sandfly Bay + Ocean Grove)

Reviewed over 8 years ago

Huber's avatar

Huber

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

From Sandfly Beach to Lovers Leap walk through huge sand dunes, ends at amazing cliff.

Reviewed over 8 years ago