Sandfly Bay

Image: Xavi | Creative Commons


Visit the only mainland albatross colony in the Southern hemisphere, or enjoy walks with spectacular coastal views and a chance to see wildlife.


Visit Taiaroa Head Nature Reserve  – the only mainland colony of albatross in the Southern Hermisphere.

Visit Sandfly Bay Recreation Reserve – remarkable for its native fauna and flora and its spectacular views of the Otago Peninsula coastline and cliff tops. It has a significant colony of yellow-eyed penguins/hoiho and seabirds such as spotted shags, sooty shearwaters and variable oystercatchers. New Zealand fur seals/kekeno and New Zealand sea lions/rāpoka haul out on the rocks and beach and wallow in the sand.

Place overview


  • Bird and wildlife watching
  • Mountain biking
  • Walking and tramping

In this section

Find things to do and places to stay Otago Peninsula area

About this place

Getting there

Leave Dunedin on Highcliff Rd or Portobello Rd.

Know before you go

All drone use must be authorised by DOC

A concession is required to fly a drone on any public conservation land - see Recreational drone use and Commercial drone use for more information.


Dunedin Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 3 474 3300
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Address:   50 The Octagon
Postal Address:   PO Box 5244
Moray Place
Dunedin 9058
Back to top