Otago Peninsula - PHOTOGRAPHER COMMENT
This panorama was taken from a trig point on the top of the Otago Peninsula and shows a view down the peninsula and over Otago Harbour.
Otago Peninsula - FURTHER INFORMATION
Otago Peninsula - Otago Peninsula visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Otago Peninsula' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Otago.
The Otago Peninsula is famous for it's rugged landscape and rare wildlife and a popular tourist destination near to Dunedin in Otago, New Zealand. The peninsula is made of volcanic rock, formed some 10 million years ago, and Otago Harbour, the 30km long fjord protected by the Otago Peninsula, was part of the crater.
The Otago Peninsula is covered in wind-swept grassland and sparsely populated. On the very eastern tip, at Taiaroa Head, is the only breeding colony of Northern Royal Albatrosses found on a mainland anywhere in the world. This is a very popular tourist attraction, with hundreds of visitors coming to watch these magnificent birds. Visitors can also see Yellow-eyed Penguins, seals, sea lions and even the odd elephant seal.
Walking and hiking is another popular pastime on the Otago Peninsula, as there are numerous walking tracks that provide access to some stunning remote coves, beaches and coastline. Among the better known of these are Lovers Leap, Allan's Beach, Boulder Beach, Victory Beach and Sandfly Bay.
Many would consider a visit to Otago Peninsula incomplete without stopping off at Larnach Castle. There are some holiday cottages or Bed and Breakfast places on the Otago Peninsula itself, but much more can be found within Dunedin.
TRAVEL DIRECTIONS AND GETTING THERE
From Dunedin there are 2 routes along the Otago Peninsula. Portabello Road winds along the coastline to Portabello and then Harington Point Road continues to the end and the Albatross Centre. An alternative route is via Highcliff Road, which traverses the top of the hills before descending to Portablello providing dramatic views of the coastline.