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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 yesterday

Visited Penguin Place with a group of 17 people. On arrival we were treated to a presentation on the objectives of the organisation and its aim to aid the penguins. Our first stop was to see the penguins (the yellow eyed breed) being rehabilitated. We...More

Thank David S
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Reviewed 2 days ago

A surly cashier, a bus driver who apparently thinks googling establishes his claim as both tour guide and naturalist, three penguins at a range of 300 to 400 yards, visible only through powerful binoculars, inaccurate information regarding blue penguins (my visit to google apparently being...More

Thank Murray G
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

This activity is well set out and organised for viewing the rafts of penguins as they come ashore. The walk down is well lit and the viewing area well designed. The night we went was warm and mild. The climb back up to the parking...More

Thank Rae C
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Ainsley greeted us and it was clear from the start how passionate she was about this place and the penguins that was being nursed back to health. The hospital was a wonderful start to the tour. Great fun watching these lovely animals and got great...More

Thank John B
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This breed of penguin doesn't live in social groups and on this site there aren't many about. You are guaranteed to see some in the hospital area. We were lucky to see 3 out in the wild as they were at the end of their...More

Thank Julie P
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you have some time on the Otago Peninsula then this isn’t a bad way to spend an hour or so. The guys at PP are doing wonderful work in the conservation of this rare penguin. Furthermore, they’re enthusiasm and knowledge is infectious, and without...More

Thank iancjone5
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is well organised place to see penguins in their natural habitat and far better than some other places in the area. However there is a major problem with returning from the viewing platform to the center and that is that part of the route...More

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

Kia ora, as we have no viewing platform here and do not remain in our reserve after dark, I do believe you are referring to the Blue Penguins Pukeura Experience run by the Royal Albatross Colony - not our Yellow Eyed Penguin Tour. Also, all...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Informative tour primarily about the endangered yellow eyed penguin, hoiho. The tour involves some walking. Take warm clothes. We saw yellow eyed and blue penguins, NZ fur seals and a sea lion. The guide was informative and answered our questions well.

Thank Louise P
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Even though you are unlikely to see wild penguins, you will see Yellow-eyed Penguins in the “hospital “, so please go and support this conservation initiative. You should see New Zealand fur seals and perhaps a sea lion, and our group caught a glimpse of...More

Thank William S
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our guide was very enthusiastic and imparted lots of knowledge in a very friendly and easy to understand manner. We spent time in the rehabilitation centre where there are quite a few yellow eyed penguins - adults and juveniles - that we saw close up....More

Thank SusanParsons34
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Cynthia C
20 February 2018|
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Response from iancjone5 | Reviewed this property |
It starts with a presentation for 15-20mins, before going to the nursery to see the rescued penguins. You then get a bus to the reserve and walk along a track for 500m or so to get a lookout over the beach. After that you... More
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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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