OTAGO PENINSULA

Visit the wildlife capital of the South.



Attractions are free unless otherwise stated. Bookings may be required, and indicated where applicable.

Glenfalloch Woodland Garden

Open 9am - 5pm, every day.

Glenfalloch Woodland Garden is an historical garden, established from 1871. A tranquil and beautiful garden with panoramic harbour views amongst the rhododendrons, azaeleas, magnolias and many more flower species plus New Zealand native species.



The garden is classified as a Garden of National Significance and was evaluated by the New Zealand Gardens Trust on a range of factors including: landscape and design, plant material and use, maintenance, safety and overall impression.



Enjoy a walk along one of the walking tracks through Glenfalloch's 30 acres of woodland garden, either at your own pace or on a guided tour with one of their professional and knowledgeable staff. Guided tours are available between 9am and 4pm by arrangement.



Garden Entrance (only) Adult $3.00  Child  $1.00
 

Larnach Castle

Open 9am - 5pm, every day, including public holidays.

​Larnach Castle is a large Victorian style mansion on the ridge of the Otago Peninsula, and one of only a few houses of it's scale in New Zealand. Built between 1871 and 1887 for prominent entrepreneur and politician, William Larnach, the "Castle" has a sometimes scandalous and tragic history.



Larnach Castle, simply called "The Camp" by Larnach himself, comprises 43 rooms, and a ballroom built as a 21st birthday gift for Larnach's favourite daughter, Kate, and required a staff of 46 servants.
Kate died at the age of 26, of typhoid, and many believe her ghost haunts the ballroom. Eliza, Larnach's first wife, is also said to haunt the castle.
The grandeur of his mansion did not ensure Larnach's happiness though, and after a series of personal and financial problems, Larnach committed suicide in New Zealand's Parliament Buildings in October 1898.


Many years later, in 1967, the building was bought by Barry and Margaret Barker in a state of disrepair. The family has now restored the mansion to it's former glory, and the house and grounds are open regularly to the public.
The 14 hectares of grounds are one of only five gardens in New Zealand to have been given the rating of "Garden of International Significance", by the New Zealand's Gardens Trust, and the first garden in the South Island to have been given this award.


Larnach Castle is a significant tourist attraction in Dunedin, offering a glimpse into 19th century life.
You can take a guided tour around the Castle and grounds, or explore the Castle and grounds un-guided, or even just explore the grounds and view the Castle from the outside.

 

Castle, Gardens & Grounds Access (self-guided) - Pre-bookings not required.

Adult $28.00
Child (aged 5 - 14) $10.00
Child (aged 0 - 4) FREE

Gardens & Grounds Only (self-guided) - Pre-bookings not required.
Adult $12.50
Child (aged 5  - 14) $4
Child (aged 0 - 4) FREE
Daily guided tour - From the 1st of December until the 31st of March,  fully guided tours are available.  Starting at 12.30pm, approximately 45 minutes to one hour tour length.
Adult             $35.00
Child             $13.50
Family Pass  $83.00



To book online, go to http://bookings.bookit.co.nz/pub/supplier.aspx?b=LARNAR

Fletcher House

Open 11am - 4pm, see below for details.

Built in 1909 by Sir James Fletcher, the founder of Fletcher Construction Company Ltd, this typical Edwardian Villa is the only fully restored and furnished villa of it's kind in New Zealand.


James Fletcher emigrated to New Zealand from Scotland in 1908, and together with English-born joiner, Albert Morris, built the wooden villa in 1909.


The house was a family home until 1990, when it was purchased by Fletcher Challenge, and restored in 1991 by Fletcher Construction. The house is furnished in the style of the period by the Toitu Otago Settlers Museum.


The house is managed by the Otago Peninsula Trust, and the Fletcher Trust has given ongoing financial support to ensure the house remains open to the public.

The house is open 11am - 4pm during weekends and on public holidays throughout the year, and daily from 11am - 4pm from Boxing Day through to Easter weekend.
Adults $4, accompanied children free.

Penguin Place

Open 10am - 4pm, see below for tour times

Penguin Place is a private conservation reserve dedicated to helping the endangered Yellow Eyed Penguin. Founded in 1985 by Howard McGrouther, the reserve is part of a working sheep farm on the Otago Peninsula.

The conservation project is entirely funded by the guided tours of the reserve, and the funding provides habitat restoration, a research programme, predator control, on-site rehabilitation for sick or wounded penguins.


During the tour you will be led on foot through a unique system of covered trenches and viewing hides, letting you see these shy creatures up close, but undisturbed.
You are guaranteed to see penguins on this tour, and in doing so you are helping the species survive.
As it is a walking tour, you will need to wear comfortable shoes and clothing. Over the hour long tour, a maximum of 900 metres will be covered. Booking in advance is recommended.



Summer (October – March)

Tours begin at 10:15am and run throughout the day until late afternoon.
Winter (April – September)

Tours from 3:15pm onwards; times vary slightly due to shorter daylight hours and variable fishing conditions.


Prices:
Adults $49
Children $15
Family pass $110 (2 adults and up to 3 children)



Bookings Essential, email info@penguinplace.co.nz or telephone +64 3 478 0286

The Royal Albatross Centre is located at Taiaroa Head, on the tip of the Otago Peninsula. The centre is owned and operated by the Otago Peninsula Trust.


Taiaroa Head is the only place in the world to view the majestic Northern Royal Albatross in their natural habitat, and it is also the only mainland breeding colony.


Taiaroa Head also has a strong historical connection, from Maori Settlement in the 1300's, the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi, the establishment of the lighthouse and fortifications in the late 1800's, and it's use as a defence base during World War I and II.


The centre offers several different tours, up to one and a half hours in length.
For full information about tour options, times and prices, and to book online, please go to http://www.albatross.org.nz/our-tours/our-tours.

Royal Albatross Colony

Open 10.30am - 3.30pm daily.