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Penguin Place

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45 Pakihau Road | Otago Peninsula, Dunedin 9077, New Zealand
+64 3-478 0286
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Penguin Place is a private conservation effort to help save the world's most endangered penguin, the Yellow Eyed Penguin. Visitors are taken on guided walking tours through a unique system of trenches and hides to view the penguins undisturbed at close range. Penguin Place is funded 100% by the support of our visitors, this funding enables habitat restoration, predator control, a research programme and on-site rehabilitation for sick, starving and wounded penguins. It is our hope that through our efforts, the future of this rare and wonderful penguin will be assured.
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45 Pakihau Road | Otago Peninsula, Dunedin 9077, New Zealand
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Reviewed 2 days ago

We learned a lot about penguins & were very impressed with the care the staff (volunteers?) had taken to make it both an educational and engaging tour. We got to see 2 penguins straightaway who were being reabilitated in their "hospital". then we got on...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago

I think Penguin Place is amazing. Their work is absolutely appreciated to safe the endangered species of yellow eyed penguins. I am lucky someone cares for these special animals. It would be a shame for the world if the Yellow Eyed Penguin was extinct. My...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Whilst in New Zealand, we were determined to see penguins in the wild. Penguin place looks after at risk penguin species but also has covered walkways to hides on the beach where you can see the wild penguins walking ashore after hunting for food for...More

Thank Pat W
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Visited the Penguin Place to experience seeing the Yelloweyed penguin in its habitat. The walk to the hides was interesting and well worth it to see the penguins. The guides were very knowledgeable and passionate about the penguins and the conservation efforts to preserve their...More

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Reviewed 6 June 2018 via mobile

Very impressive what Penguin Place has achieved as the first fully tourism funded conservation project! After a great introduction from the tour guide and his advise that we might be lucky of we see one penguin, really lucky if we see and really really lucky...More

Thank BinaNZ
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penguinplace, Front Office Manager at Penguin Place, responded to this reviewResponded 7 June 2018

Thank you for visiting us and supporting our project here at Penguin Place. We are glad you enjoyed your experience here with us.

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Reviewed 14 May 2018

We visited here as part of our tour of Dunedin and the Otago Peninsula. Our guide Mateo who used to work at the centre showed us around. We visited when the penguins were moulting and we were able to see a couple of penguins from...More

Thank Peter R
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penguinplace, Front Office Manager at Penguin Place, responded to this reviewResponded 31 May 2018

Thank you for visiting and supporting our project here at Penguin Place. We are glad you enjoyed your experience with us.

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Reviewed 14 May 2018

We weren't sure what to expect with this, it had been a recommendation from a friend. However it exceeded expectation as it wasn't just a chance to see penguins from the distance, but the trenches built along the shore front allowed us to see the...More

Thank catri0nay0ung
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penguinplace, Front Office Manager at Penguin Place, responded to this reviewResponded 31 May 2018

We are glad you enjoyed your experience. WOW! 7 penguins that is incredible luck; as you are right you never know what you will see when it comes to wildlife. We are very lucky to have such passionate guides on our team. Thank you for...More

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Reviewed 13 May 2018 via mobile

Well done tour guide for taking us to view the active wild penguin in the drizzling rain walked into the path with the provided green rubber jacket, although felt like in the war zone but fully satisfaction, still I preferred to view the isolated penguin...More

Thank Eileen C
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penguinplace, Front Office Manager at Penguin Place, responded to this reviewResponded 31 May 2018

We are glad you enjoyed your experience here at Penguin Place. Thank you for visiting and supporting our project.

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Reviewed 5 May 2018

We didn't know anything about this yelloweyed penguins before and we learned a lot thanks to our guide Louis. We saw one penguin at the beach and fur seals! It was an exciting experience and we can highly recommend this!

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penguinplace, Front Office Manager at Penguin Place, responded to this reviewResponded 31 May 2018

Thank you for visiting and supporting our project here at Penguin Place. We are glad you learnt lots and enjoyed your experience.

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Reviewed 29 April 2018

This is an amazing organization doing good work to save this rare penguin. You can see the birds up close in the hospital, and also may catch a glimpse of them coming in from the sea in the late afternoon. We were there during a...More

Thank Ann Z
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penguinplace, Front Office Manager at Penguin Place, responded to this reviewResponded 31 May 2018

Our tours do have a set schedule and our visitors do also expect there 90 minutes so starting on time is important which is why your guide would have wanted to get underway. Due to our tours being out in the weather it is always...More

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Cynthia C
20 February 2018|
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Response from Maria V | Reviewed this property |
Not suitable for taking pranks. The path is not even and the tour moves at a brisk pace. Recommend the blue penguins tour instead
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craig r
22 June 2016|
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Response from ChristianSuiMex | Reviewed this property |
Hi, we went with Monarch Cruise from Dunedin port at 13h. They didn't pick up at Port Chalmers when we where there but you maybe can ask them. We paid aprox 260 nzd for our family of 2 adults and 2 little boys. Tip: we had a... More
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GreenQueenColleen
8 January 2015|
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Response from penguinplace | Property representative |
Our first tour is 10.15 am. At this time of year both this and the 1.15pm tour are likely to be similar. For bookings and enquiries contact us via our website. Thanks
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