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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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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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Reviewed 1 week ago

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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Reviewed 1 week ago

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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Reviewed 1 week ago 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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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Whilst the aim was to see the Yellow Eyed Penguin in the wild, the warning were we may not! Fortunately Penguin Place has a rehabilitation Centre where there were several penguins to see close up. Unfortunately seeing them in the wild was not to be....More

Thank Obanini1
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The staff here are very dedicated to helping and rescuing penguins. they made the visit memorable by their enthusiasm.You are directed through covered trenches to various places to see the penguins without disturbing them. An enjoyable experience.

Thank Hazel L
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Reviewed 12 April 2018

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

1  Thank Valerie G
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Reviewed 7 April 2018

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

3  Thank MaddyM77
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Reviewed 7 April 2018

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

Thank Julie W
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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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