The Otago Peninsular offers a wide range level of activities and is visit location in its own right. This is a very different experience to a visit to Dunedin. For starters the Peninsular has its own micro climate.
The township of Portobello is the ‘capital’ of the peninsular and is the launch point for the visit to point to observe the Albatross. The viewing centre for the albatross colony is one of the peninsula's main ecotourism attractions, along with other wildlife such as seals and Yellow-eye Penguins.
Many species of seabirds and waders in particular may be found around the tidal inlets, including spoonbills, plovers, and herons.
Not far from Portobello is the famous Larnark Castle that is a favorite for tourists, but now comes at a cost. This shot of the flowers is as close as you get for free. On our day the castle was shrouded in cloud and mist and was given a miss. It was during the Otago Gold Rush in the 1860s pleasure gardens were established at Vauxhall; George Grey Russell built his house at Glenfalloch and William Larnach acquired the land for his big house now known Larnach Castle.