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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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Dunedin City and Otago Peninsula Small-Group Tour
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Dunedin and the Otago Peninsula Wildlife Tour
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Private Guided Tour of Dunedin City Heritage and Unique Wildlife and Scenery
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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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+64 3-478 0286
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Reviewed 1 week ago

After reading the “Disappointing” review, I contacted Penguin Place directly, and the situation is not as presented by “Disappointing”. The chicks did tragically die, and therefore, there is no guarantee that the adults will come ashore (because they don’t have young to feed). We went...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I was pleased to visit the Penguin Place knowing that I was donating to a worthy cause. The briefing before the tour helped me understand the reasons why the yellow-eyed penguin was becoming extinct, and how the sanctuary (Penguin Place) is helping to remediate the...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited Penguin Place as part of a wildlife tour of the Otago Penninsula. It wasn't until we arrived that we were told that there were no yellow eyed penguins at all in the reserve as all of this year's chicks had died. Whilst this...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It was a very informative tour through the reserve. The views were amazing and the wildlife is clearly protected by a passionate group.

Thank Marian L
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penguinplace, General Manager at Penguin Place, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for visiting and supporting our project at Penguin Place! We are so glad you enjoyed it.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Incredible place to visit and great getting behind a good cause. The team at Penguin Place do some amazing work!

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penguinplace, General Manager at Penguin Place, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

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

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Recently visited Penguin Place as part of a Tour Works tour of the peninsula. The tour started with a short presentation about the yellow-eyed penguins, and what they are facing in the wild. The presenter was very passionate and bought a bit of humour to...More

1  Thank Andrew L
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penguinplace, General Manager at Penguin Place, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

We are so glad you enjoyed your visit with us, thank you for supporting our project.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Easy booking was only couple not booked through a tour group. Our guide Ricky was awesome so enthusiastic. Knew the chance of seeing the yellow eyed penguins was very slim as they have a hospital knew we would at least see one. We were so...More

2  Thank 123LS
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penguinplace, General Manager at Penguin Place, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for visiting us and supporting our project here at penguin place. We are glad you enjoyed it.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We wanted to see the rare yellow eyed penguins without having to wait until 8 pm when you can see them returning to their nests at the Royal Albatross centre at the peninsula's tip. So we went to the penguin place. It cost 52 NZD...More

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Reviewed 13 March 2018 via mobile

There are so few places now to see Penguins in their natural habitat, this place is a must see for all nature lovers. The project is supported by the entrance fees a worthwhile cause. The staff are very helpful and our guide has a vast...More

1  Thank David_Toronto99
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penguinplace, Front Office Manager at Penguin Place, responded to this reviewResponded 14 March 2018

We thank you for visiting and supporting our project at Penguin Place. We are glad you enjoyed your visit.

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Reviewed 13 March 2018

Our Dunedin accomodation suggested Penguin Place for a visit whilst on the Otago Peninsula. We were amazed at the forethought of the farmer who originally set up the whole operation. To think that this is a privately funded organization is just incredible.The informative talk to...More

Thank JAW255068
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penguinplace, Front Office Manager at Penguin Place, responded to this reviewResponded 14 March 2018

We are so glad you enjoyed your visit. We are lucky to have such knowledgeable and caring staff here at Penguin Place. Thank you for supporting our project.

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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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