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Where is the Otago Peninsula?

Where is the Otago Peninsula?

Otago Peninsula is a beckoning finger of land lying between the Pacific Ocean and the sheltered bays of Otago Harbour. It extends from suburban Dunedin to Taiaroa Head, where a breeding colony of Northern Royal Albatross thrive on the steep and windy headland, once the important fortified Māori pa (fortress), Pukekura.

Where in New Zealand is Otago?

South Island
listen), /oʊ-, ɒ-/; Māori: Ōtākou [ɔːˈtaːkou]) is a region of New Zealand located in the southern half of the South Island administered by the Otago Regional Council. It has an area of approximately 32,000 square kilometres (12,000 sq mi), making it the country’s second largest local government region.

Where is the best place to see seals Dunedin?

At Victory Beach there’s a Egyptian-looking rock formation known locally as “The Pyramids”; at Allans Beach you might see yellow-eyed penguins, fur seals and sea lions.

How big is the Otago region?

12,066 mi²

Where are the yellow eyed penguins in Dunedin?

Public viewing of yellow-eyed penguins / hoiho

  • Oamaru Visitor Information, 1 Thames Street, Oamaru, phone 03 434 1656.
  • Dunedin Visitor Centre, Civic Centre, 50 The Octagon, Dunedin, phone 03 474 3300.
  • Catlins Information Centre, 10 Campbell Street, Owaka, phone 03 415 8371.

Where can I see wildlife in Dunedin?

Orokonui Ecosanctuary, just 20kms north of Dunedin, is a specially protected native forest where visitors may see tuatara and 17 species of native birds. It has a track network to suit all abilities and offers self-guided walking and guided tours.

Is Queenstown Otago or Southland?

Queenstown (Māori: Tāhuna) is a resort town in Otago in the south-west of New Zealand’s South Island. It has an urban population of 16,000 (June 2020).

Is Otago a province?

The Otago Province was a province of New Zealand until the abolition of provincial government in 1876. The capital of the province was Dunedin. Southland Province split from Otago in 1861, but became part of the province again in 1870.

Are there Kiwis in Dunedin?

Kiwi (Haast tokoeka) Nineteen young kiwi roam a hillside within the Dunedin area for the first time in 130 years. Orokonui Ecosanctuary hosts these nocturnal birds within a 307 hectare predator proof fenced forest looking over Blueskin Bay.

Where do seals live in NZ?

Range. In New Zealand, fur seals are found on rocky shores around the mainland, Chatham Islands and the subantarctic islands (including Macquarie Island). They are also found much further afield in South Australia, Western Australia and Tasmania.

Can you see penguins in Dunedin?

The endangered Yellow-Eyed Penguin (Hoiho) nest in the coastal vegetation in and around the Otago Peninsula, hidden away from other birds and humans. Dunedin is one of the few places in New Zealand to see these beautiful birds in wild, going about the daily business of life on the beaches and amongst the sand dunes.

What time of year are the penguins in Dunedin?

At dusk penguins come ashore and make their way to their nests where they feed their chicks or roost. Access to Pilots Beach reserve is restricted from one hour before sunset to 8 a.m. year round. Access during this time is permitted only when on a guided tour with Blue Penguins Pukekura.

What to see on the Otago Peninsula in New Zealand?

The southern side of Otago Peninsula is high and rugged. Walking tracks lead to cliff lookouts, beaches, penguin nesting areas and seal colonies. At Victory Beach there’s a Egyptian-looking rock formation known locally as “The Pyramids”; at Allans Beach you might see yellow-eyed penguins, fur seals and sea lions.

What are the names of the lakes in Otago?

Dunedin, Queenstown, Shotover river, Skippers Canyon, Lake Wakatipu, Lake Wanaka , Lake Hawea, Otago Peninsula, Taieri Gorge. Otago is a mountainous region with varying micro-climates resulting in desert like terrain in the centre with lush green land as you head toward the coast.

What kind of birds live on the Otago Peninsula?

At the entrance to the Otago Harbour the peninsula rises to Taiaroa Head, home to a breeding colony of northern royal albatross, the only colony of albatross to be found on an inhabited mainland.

What to see and do in Dunedin New Zealand?

Dunedin is also located near some scenic landscape such as the Otago Peninsula, which is famous for its colonies of Albatross, fur seals, penguins and other sea birds. Another trip worth doing is the Tairei Gorge Railway which shows off the rugged beauty of the Otago region.