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NZ Bush Tip No. 2

Always swim with dolphins in the morning in Kaikoura as this is often the most calm sea condition. A windy day helps for great Albatross viewing.

 
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Otago Peninsula & the Catlins

An old volcanic crater makes up the Otago Peninsula, creating a steep, rugged appearance on the Pacific side and a warm, sunny microclimate on the harbour side. The harbour is home to an abundance of wildlife, including yellow-eyed penguins, and is world famous for the only mainland breeding colony of royal albatross. Explore small bays and inlets, sandy beaches, rugged hills and volcanic landforms.

It's well worth driving south to the windswept wilderness of the Catlins, with its stunning, dense rainforest, rugged, wild scenery and huge variety of wildlife.

Must experience:

  • Spend time soaking up the atmosphere of Dunedin, perhaps New Zealand's most interesting city, and a great base for exploring the Otago Peninsula
  • View penguins, albatross and other wildlife on the Monarch cruise of the harbour and Taiaroa Head
  • Marvel at the strange Moeraki boulders
  • Stop off at Shag Point to view the wildlife
  • Explore the Catlins, from Kaka Point in the north to the petrified forest in the south

Facts at a glance

  • With a wingspan of three metres (9'6"), the royal albatross is capable of swooping speeds of more than 115kph, and travels thousands of kilometres every year.
  • Once a young albatross makes its first flights, it will spend the next three to six years at sea. Many then return to this unique headland to start another generation of royals at Taiaroa.
  • Yellow-eyed penguins are the least social of all penguins, being solitary breeders. They maintain the largest territory size of any penguin - sometimes up to one nest per hectare in forested areas.

Accommodation

Fletcher lodge is conveniently located within minutes of many of the city's finest and most popular cafés and restaurants
Nestled in a secluded, established garden, Fletcher lodge is conveniently located within minutes of many of the city's finest and most popular cafés and restaurants

The lodge offers luxury accommodation in an atmosphere of restrained elegance
The lodge offers luxury accommodation in an atmosphere of restrained elegance while providing the ultimate in contemporary comfort and modern facilities

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