Otago Peninsula Trust

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Otago Peninsula Trust, Dunedin, New Zealand


The Otago Peninsula Trust was New Zealand's first private charitable trust, registered in 1967. It has an impressive record of achievement, and is managed by a Board of Trustees who are members of the Trust, and volunteer their time and talents. Trustees are elected at the Annual General Meeting. To carry out its objectives, the Trust operates the following properties and businesses:

EDUCATION PROGRAMMES - The Trust runs Education Programmes at the Royal Albatross Centre with funding assistance from the Ministry of Education’s ‘Learning Experience Outside the Classroom’ Programme. Developed in conjuction with the NZ Marine Studies Centre, the programmes are designed for both primary and secondary students covering wildlife, fortification and conservation.

THE LIME KILN - These lime kilns were in operation by the mid-late 1860s. Lime was extracted from a hill in the area
and fired in the kilns. By the turn of the century kiln use had declined as it was more economic to extract lime from Milburn, south of Dunedin, which had the advantage of being near a railway line. In 1976 New Zealand Cement Holdings gifted the lower kiln, together with the adjacent limestone quarry to the Otago Peninsula Trust. Restoration work began and was supported by the NZ Historic Places Trust. The lime kiln is protected and maintained by the Otago Peninsula Trust and is open to the public to view.

Trust Objectives

    The stimulation of public interest in and care of the beauty, history and character of the Otago Peninsula.
    The preservation of the natural attractions of the area and the protection of the flora and fauna of the area.
    The development of tourist attractions, public and recreational services so that the public may obtain maximum use
       and enjoyment of the area in a way that will not detract from or destroy its beauty or character.
    The promotion of knowledge of and interest in the objects of the Trust by meetings, exhibitions, educational courses
       and all other forms of instruction and publicity.


    Members are entitled to free tour of the Royal Albatross Colony when accompanying a paying guest. Reservations are essential
      - phone the Centre on 478-0499.
    Newsletters are produced to keep members informed on the activities of the Trust.
    Members are entitled to attend all meetings and functions arranged from time to time.

Contact the Trust

    Otago Peninsula Trust
    P.O. Box 492, Dunedin, New Zealand
    Contact the manager on Ph: +64 3 476 1775
    email info@otagopeninsulatrust.co.nz


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