Otago Peninsula

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The Otago Peninsula is a long, hilly indented finger of land that forms the easternmost part of Dunedin, New Zealand.wikipedia
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Dunedin

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The Otago Peninsula is a long, hilly indented finger of land that forms the easternmost part of Dunedin, New Zealand. The arrival of the first migrant ships in early 1848 saw the focus of settlement move to Dunedin while Port Chalmers on the other side of the harbour succeeded Otago as the international port.
The city suburbs extend out into the surrounding valleys and hills, onto the isthmus of the Otago Peninsula, and along the shores of the Otago Harbour and the Pacific Ocean.

Otago Harbour

Otago Harbour BoardVictoria ChannelHarbour
Volcanic in origin, it forms one wall of the eroded valley that now forms Otago Harbour. The Sealers' War (also known as the War of the Shirt) was sparked by an incident on the Sydney Cove in Otago Harbour late in 1810 while her men were sealing at Cape Saunders.
Otago Harbour is the natural harbour of Dunedin, New Zealand, consisting of a long, much-indented stretch of generally navigable water separating the Otago Peninsula from the mainland.

Taiaroa Head

Taiaroa Head LighthouseFort Taiaroa Taiaroa
At the entrance to the Otago Harbour the peninsula rises to Taiaroa Head, home to a breeding colony of northern royal albatross, the only colony of albatross to be found on an inhabited mainland.
Taiaroa Head is a headland at the end of the Otago Peninsula in New Zealand, overlooking the mouth of the Otago Harbour.

Sandymount (New Zealand)

SandymountLovers Leap
Much of the peninsula is steep hill country, with the highest points being Mount Charles (408m), Highcliff (381m) and Sandymount (320m).
Sandymount is the name of a prominent hill on Otago Peninsula, in the southeastern South Island of New Zealand.

Papanui Inlet

Two tidal inlets lie on the Pacific coast of the peninsula, Hoopers Inlet and Papanui Inlet.
Papanui Inlet is the northernmost of two large inlets in the Pacific coast of Otago Peninsula, in the South Island of New Zealand.

Allans Beach

These include Allans Beach, Boulder Beach, Victory Beach, and Sandfly Bay.
Allans Beach is a white sand beach on the Pacific Ocean coast of Otago Peninsula, in the South Island of New Zealand.

Victory Beach

Wickliffe BaySS ''VictoryThe Pyramids
These include Allans Beach, Boulder Beach, Victory Beach, and Sandfly Bay.
Victory Beach is located on the Pacific Ocean coast of the Otago Peninsula, in the South Island of New Zealand, 24 km by road from Dunedin city centre and 7 km from the nearby town of Portobello.

Yellow-eyed penguin

Hoiho (yellow-eyed penguin)Megadyptes antipodesHoiho
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-eyed penguins.
Colonies on the Otago Peninsula are a popular tourist venue, where visitors may closely observe penguins from hides, trenches, or tunnels.

Cape Saunders

Between them is the headland of Cape Saunders.
Cape Saunders, is the prominent headland on the Pacific Ocean coast of Muaupoko, the Otago Peninsula, in the far south-east of Aotearoa New Zealand's Te Wai Pounamu, the South Island.

Sandfly Bay

These include Allans Beach, Boulder Beach, Victory Beach, and Sandfly Bay.
Located on the southern side of Otago Peninsula, between Seal Point and the Gull Rocks on the western side of Sandymount, Sandfly Bay is a Department of Conservation wildlife reserve frequented by trampers.

Larnach Castle

Larnach Castle Garden
Other tourist attractions on the peninsula include Larnach Castle, a restored Armstrong 'disappearing' gun coastal defence post, and a war memorial cairn. 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 at Pukehiki, 'Larnach Castle'.
Larnach Castle (also referred to as "Larnach's Castle") is a mock castle on the ridge of the Otago Peninsula within the limits of the city of Dunedin, New Zealand, close to the small settlement of Pukehiki.

Macandrew Bay

Largest of these are Macandrew Bay (the peninsula's largest settlement, with a population of 1,100), Portobello, and Otakou, which was the site of the first permanent European settlement on the Harbour, and the site of an early whaling station, commemorated at nearby Weller's Rock.
Macandrew Bay is located on the Otago Peninsula in the South Island of New Zealand.

Shiel Hill

HighcliffArthur's Seat
The total population of the peninsula is under 10,000, with about half of these in the suburbs of Dunedin that encroach onto its western end, such as Vauxhall and Shiel Hill.
It is located at the southeastern edge of the city's urban area, 3.2 km southeast of the city's centre at the western end of the Otago Peninsula, close to the isthmus joining the peninsula to the mainland.

Otakou

ŌtākouŌtākou MaraeOtago
Largest of these are Macandrew Bay (the peninsula's largest settlement, with a population of 1,100), Portobello, and Otakou, which was the site of the first permanent European settlement on the Harbour, and the site of an early whaling station, commemorated at nearby Weller's Rock.
It is located 25 kilometres from the city centre at the eastern end of Otago Peninsula, close to the entrance of Otago Harbour.

Portobello, New Zealand

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Largest of these are Macandrew Bay (the peninsula's largest settlement, with a population of 1,100), Portobello, and Otakou, which was the site of the first permanent European settlement on the Harbour, and the site of an early whaling station, commemorated at nearby Weller's Rock.
Portobello is a village beside the Otago Harbour halfway along the Otago Peninsula in Dunedin City, New Zealand.

Waverley, Dunedin

WaverleyVauxhallWaverley, Otago
The total population of the peninsula is under 10,000, with about half of these in the suburbs of Dunedin that encroach onto its western end, such as Vauxhall and Shiel Hill.
Waverley is located at the start of the Otago Peninsula, 2.4 km southeast of the city centre, on a rise overlooking the Otago Harbour to the north.

Dunedin Volcano

Dunedin Volcanic Group
The peninsula was formed at the same time as the hills that face it across the harbour, as part of the large, long-extinct, Dunedin Volcano.
The remnants of the volcano form the hills around Otago Harbour (including Mount Cargill, Flagstaff, Saddle Hill, Signal Hill, and Otago Peninsula).

Harington Point

Maori Kaik
There were several other whaling stations inside the harbour and outer peninsula, including the Middle Fishery Station at Harington Point.
It is located at the Otago Heads, at the northeastern end of Otago Peninsula, close to the entrance of Otago Harbour.

Sealers' War

The Sealers' WarA feud between sealers and Māoriburning the "beautiful City of Otago
The Sealers' War (also known as the War of the Shirt) was sparked by an incident on the Sydney Cove in Otago Harbour late in 1810 while her men were sealing at Cape Saunders.
This resulted in a period of mistrust and animosity between Māori and sealers fueling several conflicts, leading to the deaths of about 74 people and the burning of the village of Otakou on the Otago Peninsula.

Port Chalmers

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The arrival of the first migrant ships in early 1848 saw the focus of settlement move to Dunedin while Port Chalmers on the other side of the harbour succeeded Otago as the international port.
Close to the southeastern shore of this peninsula are a pair of islands, which lie across the harbour between Port Chalmers and the Otago Peninsula.

Northern royal albatross

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At the entrance to the Otago Harbour the peninsula rises to Taiaroa Head, home to a breeding colony of northern royal albatross, the only colony of albatross to be found on an inhabited mainland.
Northern royal albatrosses nest on the Chatham Islands (Forty-fours Island, Big Sister Island, and Little Sister Island), Enderby Island in the Auckland Islands, and at Taiaroa Head on the Otago Peninsula of New Zealand.

Boulder Beach

These include Allans Beach, Boulder Beach, Victory Beach, and Sandfly Bay.
Boulder Beach is a rocky beach which is located on the Pacific (southeast) side of the Otago Peninsula, New Zealand.

Pukehiki

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 at Pukehiki, 'Larnach Castle'.
Pukehiki is a small locality on Otago Peninsula, within the city of Dunedin in the South Island of New Zealand.

Clutha River

CluthaClutha River / Mata-AuClutha Valley
This was one of three more or less distinct clusters on the South Island's south east coast: one from about Oamaru south to Pleasant River; another from Waikouaiti south, which includes the Otago Peninsula and tails off about the Kaikorai estuary; another extending south from the Clutha mouth.
The general northerly current in the Pacific Ocean leads to this sand being transported and eventually deposited on beaches north to the Otago Peninsula and beyond.

Glenfalloch Gardens

GlenfallochGlenfalloch Gardens (Dunedin)
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 at Pukehiki, 'Larnach Castle'.
Glenfalloch is a private garden and restaurant near Macandrew Bay on Otago Peninsula, New Zealand.