When in Dunedin do not leave without making the side trip to Otago Peninsula. Though within easy reach of the city, the peninsula is unique in that it provides a breeding habitat for such rare or seldom seen birds as the royal albatross and yellow-eyed penguin. There is enough to see and do here to keep most visitors occupied for a full day, but at least a half day is necessary for the main attractions. A pleasant circular tour of the peninsula can be made by first following the coast road (Portobello Road) and then Highcliff Road back to Dunedin. Those without private transport can join a bus tour from Dunedin. Contact Newtons Coach Tours (03) 477 5577.
Other attractions on the peninsula include Glenfalloch Gardens, which are at their most attractive from September to October, and the Trust Bank Aquarium which features local marine life as well as a tuatara. Saturday is feeding day at the aquarium and visitors are welcome to help feed the fish. Both attractions are clearly signposted from Portobello Road.