Things To Do

Closest Amenities

Petrol - The Challenge Garage is the closest one to the Peninsula at 2 Highcliff Road.
Closest Dairy – 122 Highcliff Road, on the right as you drive towards The Haven @ Pukehiki.

Peninsula Attractions

Larnach Castle is a 5 min drive or 20 min walk and open all year round.
Albatross Colony and Centre is a short drive along the scenic Peninsula.
The Westpac Aquarium is temporarily closed to the public.                                                                         Fletcher House in Broad Bay                                                                                                                   Natures Wonder Naturally - Award winning wildlife tours in an area described by British Naturalist as one of “the finest examples of eco-tourism in the world”

Popular Activities                                                                                                  

Walking & Cycling – enquire about Picnic Packs
A superb way to experience the Peninsula is on foot, numerous tracks are mapped out, often circular. Cycling can be a little more challenging. Lonely Planet has listed the Otago Peninsula in it's Top Ten Cycling routes in the World. We think the ride down Highcliff Road from Pukehiki to Portobello is a must do; the views are stunning, and if the return trip is daunting borrow our electric bike.

Exploring the Peninsula

Portobello has a a couple of Cafe's/Pub restaurants and a Fish and Chip shop, well-stocked dairy, museum and gallery.

Macandrew Bay has a dairy, pharmacy, restaurant- The Bay Café and Bellamy's Gallery, exhibiting work by local artists including Pauline Bellamy and Manu Berry

Dining Out

1908 Café and Bar - Licenced dining in the turn of the century previous Post Office building with beautiful harbour views in the centre of Portobello.

Portobello Hotel & Bistro - Enjoy harbour views while dining inside or out. NZ Lamb, Beef and Fresh Fish Daily. Friendly atmosphere to gather for a quiet drink in the heart of the Peninsula.

Things to See and Do

Monarch Wildlife Cruises & Tours
Be fascinated and exhilarated with the wealth of wildlife, dramatic views, so close, so natural – the only way to see it all – Otago Peninsula, Otago Harbour, Taiaroa Head with three time New Zealand Tourism Award winners Monarch Cruises.
Visit the Monarch Website

Penguin Place - Yellow-eyed Penguin Reserve Tours
Welcome to Penguin Place, home of the Yellow-eyed Penguin Conservation Reserve, New Zealand's multi-Award Winner. This conservation project is entirely financed through guided tours. Reservations are essential.
Visit the Penguin Place Website

Larnach Castle
With its exciting, sometimes scandalous and tragic history, magnificent carved ceilings, New Zealand antiques and breathtaking views, Larnach Castle offers you a vision of the past and present. Today, the Castle is the home of the Barker family, who have spent over forty years lovingly restoring the building and recreating the beauty of the 14 hectares of gardens and grounds.

Royal Albatross Centre
The Royal Albatross Colony at Taiaroa Head, on the tip of the Otago Peninsula, New Zealand, is the only mainland breeding colony for any albatross species found in the southern hemisphere. Visitors to the Royal Albatross Centre can view the interpretative wildlife displays, learn of the historical use of the area and experience the famous Unique Taiaroa guided tours.

Natures Wonders Naturally
Truly spectacular scenery, the world's rarest penguins, the yellow-eyed (Hoiho - meaning 'noise shouter'), the little blue penguins, the New Zealand fur seals, sea lions, and a large variety of birdlife.

Elm Wildlife Tours
Elm Wildlife Tours presents absolutely unrivalled sustainable Nature and Wildlife experiences of Otago Peninsula and the southeastern Coast. They guide visitors to some of the most spectacular wildlife spots in the area including their restricted wildlife conservation sanctuary, where excellent close-up viewing of some of the World's rarest wildlife is available.

Glenfalloch Gardens
Glenfalloch Woodland Garden, Gaelic for ‘hidden valley’ is an historical garden, established from 1871 – tranquil, beautiful, much loved and classified as a Garden of National Significance by the NZ Gardens Trust. Enjoy the peace and tranquillity and the panoramic harbour views. Walk among the rhododendrons, azaleas, magnolias, fuchsias and a profusion of other flower species which integrate with native ferns, exotic imports and indigenous New Zealand trees. Meet a 1000 year old Matai Tree and admire stunning autumn colours.

Happy Hens
The Happy Hens Studio is situated on the beautiful Otago Peninsula and the main route to the world famous Royal Albatross colony and Marine Aquarium. The studio is where all Happy Hens start life! Visitors can see the creative process in action, from the moulds to kiln, to the intricate hand painting of the Hens.

Cadbury World
Experience the mystique of a working chocolate factory, sample and purchase Cadbury products. Cadbury World is located in the centre of Dunedin city at the Cadbury Factory site. The Visitors Centre is a colourful and educational environment with chocolate themed displays where you can learn about the history of Cadbury and chocolate through the ages. Then take a fun filled and fascinating guided tour around the Cadbury Dunedin chocolate factory and sample Cadbury product along the way!

Taieri Gorge Railway
The Taieri Gorge Limited train is Dunedin's prestige tourist train operating from the historic Railway Station. Departing daily (except Christmas day) it takes you on a journey through the rugged and spectacular Taieri River Gorge, across wrought iron viaducts and through tunnels carved by hand more than 100 years ago. With full commentary, photographic stops and on board refreshments the train offers year round, all-weather entertainment.

Speights Brewery Tour
Still on the site that it has occupied since 1876, Speight's Brewery has become one of Dunedin and Otago's biggest icons. The Speight's Heritage Centre is a first class informative tour through the working brewery and museum, tasting a selection of Speight's finest beers fresh from the brewery in the private Heritage Bar. The one and a half hour guided tour takes you back in time to the cobblestone streets of the past and the origin of the Speight's' brewery in 1876.

Other Places to Stay in Otago

Burn Cottage Retreat - Cromwell
Luxury cottage accommodation in Cromwell.