Coastal Otago Wildlife

Shag Point landscape, looking south. Coastal Otago, New Zealand

Dunedin city on the east coast of Otago, regards itself as the wildlife capital of New Zealand.

It makes this claim with a high degree of truth! Looked at alone it is impressive. Yet it is is only part of a much larger (coastal) picture. photo: Shag Point looking south

The natural beauty is overlaid with a fascinating cultural history.

Main entry stairs, First Church, Moray Place, Dunedin
Dunedin Town Hall at night
Dunedin Gardens, autumn colours

There are many historical buildings apart from the above eclectic selection! images: Main entry stairs, First Church, Moray Place, Dunedin. Dunedin Gardens, autumn colours. Lastly Dunedin Town Hall at night

Larnach Castle, Olveston House, and the Dunedin Railway Station are favourite tourist attractions. The latter being one of New Zealand’s most photographed buildings.

Otago University historic building. By the Geology Faculty.

NZ’s oldest university (1869) is but another institution hosting many classic buildings. This one by the Geology Faculty.

It all started in the 1830s with a whaling station in the Otago Harbour. By 1848 a Scottish population became dominant. Dunedin being the old Gaelic name for Edinburgh.

NZ pied shag flying at speed

World-class wildlife encounters are possible north and south of the city. Pied shag at speed.

Young fur seal
Seal family
Pied Shag
Basking sea lions

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