Wellers Rock Whaling Station - PHOTOGRAPHER COMMENT
A panorama taken from Wellers Rock on the Otago Peninsula. From this rock there are views all the way down and across Otago Harbour.
Wellers Rock Whaling Station - FURTHER INFORMATION
Wellers Rock Whaling Station - Otago Peninsula visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Wellers Rock Whaling Station' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Otago.
Wellers Rock is near the eastern end of the Otago Peninsula, a short distance from Harrington Point ending up at the Royal Albatross Centre on Taiaroa Head. Wellers Rock is important as a commemoration of the past whaling industry is here.
Monarch Wildlife Cruises - Today Wellers Rock is better known as the departure point for cruises around Otago Harbour and out into the ocean around Taiaroa Head. Companies like Monarch Wildlife Cruises offer one hour cruises from here that give a unique perspective of the royal albatross as well as chances to see seals, sea lions, dolphin and penguins from the water. Monarch Cruises also offer half day and full day cruises which depart from Dunedin.
The history of this part of the Otago region of New Zealand dates back to 1831 when the Weller brothers established a whaling station here. The whaling trade did not last long, and collapsed in 1839.
Walking and hiking is another popular pastime on the Otago Peninsula, as there are numerous walking tracks that provide access to some stunning remote coves, beaches and coastline. Among the better known of these are Lovers Leap, Allan's Beach, Boulder Beach, Victory Beach and Sandfly Bay.
Many would consider a visit to Otago Peninsula incomplete without stopping off at Larnach Castle. There are some holiday cottages or Bed and Breakfast places on the Otago Peninsula itself, but much more can be found within Dunedin.
TRAVEL DIRECTIONS AND GETTING THERE
Wellers Rock is about 26km from Dunedin on Harrington Point Road. The nearest villages are Otakou and Harwood.