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Ōtepoti Dunedin, Aotearoa New Zealand

Welcome, to the enchanting city of Dunedin, widely hailed as the Wildlife Capital of New Zealand! Nestled on the southeastern coast of the South Island, this vibrant city beckons you with its breathtaking landscapes, rich biodiversity, and unparalleled encounters with nature's most captivating creatures.

Dunedin is not only a hub for academic excellence but also a gateway to unparalleled natural wonders. As you engage in stimulating discussions and exchange cutting-edge research, allow us to introduce you to the captivating wildlife and breathtaking landscapes that await your exploration.

Renowned for its rich biodiversity, Dunedin offers unique opportunities to witness some of the world's most extraordinary creatures in their natural habitats. From the iconic albatross gracefully soaring overhead to the adorable yellow-eyed penguins waddling along the shores, the city's coastal areas are a spectacle to behold. Prepare to be enchanted as you encounter fur seals, sea lions, and an array of seabird colonies that dot the rugged Otago Peninsula.


Beyond the coastline, Dunedin unveils its inland treasures. Majestic forests teeming with native bird species beckon you to explore their serene depths. The possibilities are endless as you immerse yourself in the mesmerizing melodies of native birdsong and discover hidden trails that lead to awe-inspiring vistas. Nature enthusiasts will find solace in the pristine beauty of our beloved region.


Moreover, Dunedin serves as an ideal base for exploring the captivating South Island. From the snow-capped peaks of the Southern Alps to the stunning fjords of Fiordland National Park, there is an abundance of natural wonders awaiting your discovery. Immerse yourself in the captivating landscapes of Queenstown, hike through the breathtaking trails of Mount Cook, or traverse the dramatic coastal drives of the Catlins. The possibilities for exploration are boundless.


As you navigate your way through the ANZMAC 2023 conference program, we encourage you to take advantage of the ample opportunities to explore Dunedin and its surrounds. Engage in outdoor activities, embark on wildlife tours, or simply bask in the tranquility of nature's embrace. The captivating beauty of this region will undoubtedly inspire and rejuvenate your mind, fueling your creativity and enhancing your conference experience.

Once again, we extend a warm welcome to each and every one of you. May this conference be a catalyst for new insights, fruitful collaborations, and lasting memories. Embrace the spirit of Dunedin, the Wildlife Capital of New Zealand, and allow the wonders of our natural landscape to leave an indelible mark on your journey.

Tour information


Make the most of your stay in Ōtepoti Dunedin by embarking on a tour to explore the natural beauty and wildlife.

Please register yo
ur interest in these tours via your Eventbrite registration. 

Please note that you can sign up on Monday 4th December at the registration desk at Otago Business School on first come first serve basis.

Karitāne Māori Tours

Deepen your connection to the natural environment as you paddle the Waikouaiti river in our waka taurua (double-hulled canoe) to plant native trees on Ohinepowera Spit.

Walk the historic site of Pā Te Wera on Huriawa Peninsula while being taken on a journey through the captivating stories and traditions of the past. Karitāne, a picturesque seaside settlement, is nestled at the mouth of the Waikouaiti River on the east coast of New Zealand's South Island. You can choose to embark on separate Waka and Pā tours or combine them for a comprehensive natural and cultural experience.

Enriched with Māori and European history, stunning beaches, and abundant wildlife, Karitāne
provides an ideal setting for an unforgettable coastal adventure.

Pick Up Point

Waka Tour
The timing for this tour is dependant on the tide. Delegates interested in this tour must be on sight at the time given to launch the waka.

Thursday 7th December

Time: Need to be on sight between 9:00am and 2:00pm NZDT.
Pick up from Otago Business School at 8:00am NZDT

Please note, tour requires 17 or more people to go ahead. 


Waka tour
Adult $150, child $95 (14 years and under) + $20 bus rental (NZD). 


Twilight Otago Wildlife Encounter

Pick Up Point

Pickup: Otago Business School 


Monday 4th December

Pickup from Otago Business School at approximately 5:30pm NZDT, return to Otago Business School at 9:00pm NZDT


Wednesday 6 December

Pickup from Otago Business School at approximately 5:30pm NZDT, return to Otago Business School at 9:00pm NZDT

Thursday 7 December

Pickup from Otago Business School at approximately 4:00pm NZDT, return to Otago Business School at 7:30pm NZDT

ANZMAC 2023 attendees can enjoy the Twilight Otago Wildlife Encounter, a unique tour that takes you through the unspoiled natural beauty of New Zealand. Our 8-wheel drive all- terrain Argo and Coach provide a comfortable and unforgettable journey. You will witness impressive conservation efforts and preservation of natural beaches only accessible to wildlife.

Who are the stars of the Twilight Tour?

- Hoiho yellow-eyed penguins, one of the world’s rarest penguins

- Blue penguins, the world’s smallest penguins.

- NZ fur seals, the cutest seals – you’ll want to cuddle them.

- If you are lucky, the majestic Royal Albatross – the bird with the largest wingspan – will hover over to say hello to you.

Tour Details

Travel in a Coach for a leisurely drive down the Otago Peninsula, over 30 km of coastal line, to Taiaroa Head.

At Natures Wonders, delegates will go on an hour-long wildlife tour, travelling on the Argo and Coach. Back at the Cafe dinner will be served. The menu includes fresh fish, chips and salad.

Please note, the minimum number of individuals that can go on this tour is 24 and the maximum is 48. 


Per person - $170 (NZD) (all inclusive)

Dining options

Dining options

Relaxed and casual



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Pub meals

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Southeast Asian


Something more special



Relaxed fine dining


Asian fusion

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Seafood and Steak


Scottish fare

Airport transfers

Airport transfer options

Please see below a list of shuttle and taxi companies to use during your visit to Dunedin. It is recommended that taxis and shuttles be used for airport transfers and Uber only be used while in the city. 



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