Midwinter School Holiday

Otago Peninsula is full of fun and educational events these Winter holidays. Families and children are invited to take part in special events, great deals and enjoy the area’s unique attractions as Otago Peninsula Trust takes part in both the International Science Festival and Dunedin Cadbury Chocolate Carnival.

“We want families to come and explore the peninsula, to learn about and appreciate their own backyard assets. We’re offering very special events and deals during these school holidays to invite locals and visiting families to find out why people come from all over the world to view our amazing wildlife attractions. Otago Peninsula is the Number 2 attraction on TripAdvisor – it’s a magic place.” says Robyn McDonald General Manager, Otago Peninsula Trust

The events kick off with the chance to learn about a natural hero, Lance Richdale on the 10th July. Lance camped out and helped raise the first albatross chick to ever fledge from Taiaroa Head and establish the world’s only mainland Royal Albatross breeding colony there. Neville Peat presents a free talk at Dunedin library to share stories about Lance the seabird genius who inspired generations of children and became a world expert on albatross and penguins.

At the Royal Albatross Centre special prices are being offered for the chance to view Moana the Royalcam albatross celebrity and some of her 26 chick companions at the colony.  Albatross Express tours are offered at a third of the usual cost over four days. “Each year we offer special days where families can access Trust attractions for a fraction of the usual price” explains Robyn “This is part of our goal to inspire and educate locals about Otago Peninsula”.

Chocolate fans won’t want to miss out on the inaugural Glenfalloch Chocolate Degustation Dinner. It will be decadent night to remember for chocolate fans with many courses of chocolate inspired cuisine. Guest Chef Hannes Bareiter is creating a celebration of chocolate to enthral guests.  “Glenfalloch is becoming a star of showcasing local cuisine with a great reputation for excellent food. We are excited to welcome Hannes as guest chef for the degustation dinner, he is a master of taste and the evening will be a memorable one and a superb treat” says Robyn.

Glenfalloch garden comes alive over the school holidays with gnomes, pests and fairies all hiding in the garden. The ever popular Gnaughty Gnome Hunt and Fairies Party feature for the Cadbury Chocolate Carnival with the new Nature Challenge and Pesky Pests Hunt for the Science festival. Adults can book a Green Bike Discovery Ride, spotting shore birds as they ride along the peninsula.

Blue Penguins Pukekura is holding an Art Day, an exhibit, a talk on the Tracking Blue Penguins Pukekura project plus half price family tours. Manager of Operations Taiaroa Head, Hoani Langsbury says “It’s really important to us that we get public involved with the little blue penguins. Already we’ve had student’s revegetation planting, building penguin nest boxes and helping GPS location of nests. For 2016 Blue Penguins Pukekura have an ambitious project to microchip the entire Pilot’s Beach penguin population to monitor and research the penguins breeding and behaviour”.

Fletcher House is open for locals for a gold coin entry during Experience Peninsula day. The fully restored 1909 Edwardian Villa is the first place that Sir James Fletcher built as he went on to establish his building empire.  Guests can recognise and reminisce about household items inside.

“Get out, explore and enjoy the peninsula” says Robyn. “Have fun and discover why it’s New Zealand’s wildlife capital, a magnet for visitors from all over the world and a priceless asset for Dunedin”