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Elm Wildlife Tours

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“sea lions”(301 reviews)
“fur seals”(178 reviews)
“private beach”(41 reviews)
Elm Wildlife Tours are the ultimate award winning New Zealand wildlife adventure. We guide small tour groups onto the Otago Peninsula, one of the world’s unique wildlife areas to experience a close encounter with some of the world’s rarest wildlife...more
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Hours Today: 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
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Suggested duration: More than 3 hours
50 The Octagon, Dunedin 9016, New Zealand
+64 3-454 4121
Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 18 July 2005

I went on this tour just after christmas, what can I say, it was amazing. We were within meters of sealions sleeping on the beach, a bit further back when they started fighting. Penguins were walking up the beach, two even came to within 5...More

16  Thank Paradise21383
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Reviewed 24 August 2014

I got to admit this is the first time I got 'tricked' by TA reviews. I don't mean the reviews are fake, but I just don't see how it is so highly rated. I can't review on the albatross as we didn't pay for it....More

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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

All the reviews are true. This is the greatest tour. We had Donna, Tony and Eric. They picked us up from the I-site in the octagon at 3pm sharp. Headed up to the albatross site. Saw 1 albatross coming back and forth to gain altitude....More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a great experience! Small group, close up experience while being respectful to the animals. Would 100% recommend this tour and tour company. Our tour guide was fantastic!

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went on Nov 1st 2018. Jane was excellent as a tour guide for us. There were only 4 in our tour so that was really nice. We did the morning cruise tour because we were only in port that day. We saw so many...More

Thank Kristi M
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Tom and Donna were great guides. Very knowledgeable and pleasant. We were not disappointed and were able to see Albatrosses soaring overhead at the visitor center. At the beach we saw Fur Seals on the rocks below a viewing shelter. We were able to get...More

Thank fwflyer
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was an excellent experience, made especially so by our guide, Donna. She was friendly, knowledgeable, professional, and loads of fun. This was a wonderful way to experience some of the wildlife of New Zealand and extremely scenic as well (of course!). Great experience--highly recommend....More

Thank Casey C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Don‘t book the ‚Peninsular encounters’-tour when you‘re in a hurry or have to be back at a certain time (- my tour started at 2 pm, and at 9:30 I was back at the hotel). The drive from Dunedin out to the beaches takes its...More

Thank Schodlhaus
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It was one of the best activities I did Un New Zealand. Sea Lions, seals and penguins so close than you can touch it (but we did not do it because is forbidden).I strongly recommend this activity.

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Thank bokamon
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What an amazing experience. We got to see all the wildlife we wanted too. The guide was great and had wealth of knowledge.

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Thank 514rochellem
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The tour guide was very knowledgeable and interactive. They made the trip very informative and gave us every opportunity to see all the wildlife in their natural environment.Great central pick up location and comfortable journey.Highly recommend.

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Reviewed 22 September 2018 via mobile

Shawn and Shawn our guide and driver skillfully walked us through Dunedin wildlife, the coast, watching penguins, sea lions, baby albatross Rocky and the dramatic landscape .... it’s a small private and lovely tour. The tour brings out the passion for nature and beauty of...More

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Kristi M
18 October 2018|
Response from Manager_Elm | Property representative |
Hello Kristi. Yes we can arrange a tour for you on that day with a pickup from port and drop back there after. Please go to our website for more information on the 2 options available and if you have any further questions... More
21 December 2017|
Response from Manager_Elm | Property representative |
The railway station has lot's of parking and we can pick you up from there. If you wish to change your pickup location please e-mail our office with your reference number and preferred location.
Liz f
21 December 2017|
Response from Manager_Elm | Property representative |
If you are staying at Larnach castle we can pick you up from there. If you can't book through our website please e-mail our office and make your booking that way.