The Otago Peninsula is a long finger of land, running 20km alongside Otago Harbour. It is hilly and rugged, and is home to some magnificent marine life and birdlife. (Click on map to enlarge.)
Taiaroa Head forms the headland at the end of the Otago Peninsula, overlooking the mouth of the Otago Harbour. The Royal Albatross Centre, seen above, is one of the ecotourism businesses operating on the peninsula.
The lighthouse was first lit in 1865, and was manned by a lighthouse keeper until 1921, when a signalman took over. In 1989 it became automated, and today still flashes over Otago Peninsula making entry to the harbour safer for incoming vessels.
On the eastern side of the Otago Peninsula (away from the harbour) is the 230 hectare Okia Reserve. One of the many walking tracks on the Otago Peninsula is the track to Victory Beach, in Wickliffe Bay. It is a short but fascinating walk that gives some insights into the history of the area.
The two pyramids are basalt formations, formed about 16 million years ago during the first eruptive stage of the volcano on which Dunedin is built.
The ship SS Victory ran aground at the southern end of the beach in 1861.