Located in the Otago region
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.
See the only mainland colony of albatross in the Southern Hemisphere, as well as other sea birds, at Taiaroa Head Nature Reserve. Penguins and seals can also be seen at Taiaroa Head and on walks on the peninsula.
Visit Taiaroa Head Nature Reserve, the only mainland colony of albatross in the Southern Hemisphere.
Leave Dunedin on Highcliff Rd or Portobello Rd.
If you’ve got a head for heights and love speed, this adventure is for you! Bring a boogie board or cardboard box for the ultimate dune riding. Who will be fastest? You’ll see seabirds and jumping insects and if you’re lucky you might see sea lions and penguins. Think you can handle it all?
Auckland and parts of the Waikato are at Level 3. DOC huts and campsites are closed in these regions. The rest of New Zealand is at Level 2.