North Island
South Island
  • Abel Tasman
  • West Coast
  • Arthur's Pass
  • Mt. Aspiring
  • Milford Track
  • Otago Penn.
  • Otago Penninsula
    (click on thumbnail for full-size image)
    The Otago Penninsula, in the southeast of New Zealand just outside Dunedin, boasts a beautiful coastline and abundant wildlife. We stayed in a fantastic cottage on the penninsula itself, though we unfortunately only had one night. The highlight for me was seeing the cute, little blue penguins coming ashore as it gets dark. After sunset, we waited by a beach, and suddently saw dozens of these adorable critters come stumbling, tumbling, and waddling ashore.

    Penguin Place is a sanctuary for yellow-eyed penguins built with hides and walkways for close observation

    Yellow-eyed pengin
    taking a stroll

    Fuzzy yellow-eyed penguin chick

    Yellow-eyed penguin swimming
    in a pond

    Spotted shags are native to New Zealand and nest at the tip of the penninsula

    Blue penguin nest (unfortunately
    it was too dark to get a photo
    of the penguins themselves)

    Copyright 2001 - Ann Mei Chang