Wildlife Capital of New Zealand
The Otago Peninsula, Dunedin is situated on the east coast of the South Island of New Zealand.
The Otago Peninsula together with its 20 km long harbour, is the home of an abundance of magnificent world famous marine wildlife, namely The Royal Albatross, the endangered Yellow Eyed Penguin/Hoiho and the Blue Penguins, Pukekura.
You will also find many Seals, as well as The New Zealand Sea Lion (formerly known as the Hooker's Sea Lion), one of the rarest seal species in the world, the occasional Sea Elephant and the Stewart Island Shags in their natural habitat.
The Otago Peninsula is predominantly of volcanic origin, steep and on the Pacific Ocean side very rugged. The harbour side, warm, sunny and sheltered and has a micro climate that is better than anywhere else on the Otago coast.
A number of walkways give you access to many breathtaking views and sheer cliff faces like "The Chasm" and "Lovers Leap". The top of Harbour Cone, climbing to 315 meters or just over 1000 feet above sea level, can be reached by foot from several places.
Add to this Larnach Castle the only castle in Australasia, Glenfalloch Gardens, many accommodation options and local Arts & Crafts and your holiday is complete.
United States media network CNN International has named the Otago Peninsula one of the 10 most romantic places in the world to propose marriage.
"If your beseeching eyes can't soften her heart, the mating rituals of South Island's unusual coastal wildlife may do it," says the CNN website of 10 best places for a fairytale proposal". "Wildlife reserves near the town of Dunedin are home to colonies of Hoiho [Yellow-Eyed Penguins] and Little Blue Penguins. The Otago Peninsula also has breeding colonies of New Zealand fur seals and Royal Albatross." (CNN Media News Network Feb 2011)
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