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Nature, Parks & Gardens

See fascinating wildlife, and flora from lowland forest to alpine tussock.

Explore big sky country

Admire an array of landscapes stretching from the alps to the ocean. Learn how these incredible places were created and shaped. See fascinating wildlife, and flora from lowland forest to alpine tussock. And survey the natural grandeur from epic lookouts along the way.

  1. Visit the world’s only mainland northern royal albatross colony at the Royal Albatross Centre at Taiaroa Head
  2. Head out on a guided tour or boat trip for a close encounter with Otago Peninsula’s amazing natural world
  3. Wander through the bird-filled native forest of Orokonui Ecosanctuary & learn about its ecological restoration

4. Dunedin Botanic Garden or Lan Yuan Chinese Gardens

Immerse yourself in some city tranquility at the Dunedin Botanic Garden or Lan Yuan Chinese Gardens

5. Explore Sinclair Wetlands on short walks taking in birdwatching viewpoints amidst tranquil waters & bushland

6. Plan a picnic at Conroys Dam in the delightful tussock & historic reserve, Aldinga Conservation Area

7. Hop on a 4WD tour to remote corners of the region such as Skippers Canyon, Macetown, Glenorchy & Paradise

8. Walter Peak Station

Cruise across Lake Wakatipu on the Earnslaw steamship to survey the gardens & grounds of historic Walter Peak Station

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