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Penguin Place

938 Reviews

Penguin Place

938 Reviews
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amandaaA6674MT wrote a review Mar 2021
75 contributions17 helpful votes
This was a real highlight of our trip. The staff are incredibly passionate and dedicated in caring for these endangered birds. We were extremely fortunate to be able to see a yellow-eyed penguin returning from sea to his burrow from their observation trenches. The staff are incredibly knowledgeable and the tour was very informative. Highly recommend.
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Date of experience: March 2021
Emily wrote a review Mar 2021
5 contributions
Ainsley was a wonderful and informative tour guide and is clearly incredibly passionate about what she does. We were told there was a slight chance we wouldn't see penguins, but were lucky enough to see five or six of them! Absolutely thrilled with the experience and definitely recommend.
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Date of experience: August 2020
Kate M wrote a review Feb 2021
3 contributions
Ainslie our tour guide was what made this tour really special. Her genuine, heartfelt love of nature was really touching. We didn't happen to see penguins in the wild the day we went but it didn't matter. We had an absolutely magic moment of watching seal pups play in the waves. The situation for yellow eyed penguins is heartbreaking. The money spent visiting Penguin Place goes to looking after hungry and injured penguins. Well worth a visit.
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Date of experience: February 2021
MMW wrote a review Jan 2021
Auckland, New Zealand29 contributions3 helpful votes
Penguin Place is a must. They do a fantastic job, and provide a unique opportunity to get close to the endangered yellow-eyed penguins. Jason was our friendly and very knowledgeable guide and gave us a informative and interesting tour of their penguin hospital - about 40 of them? We were also lucky enough to see one yellow eyed penguin in the wild, and one Hooker's sea lion and cub in search of adventure. These guys are fully funded by visitors, so help them out, do the tour, see loads of penguins, learn a lot, leave a donation, and save a species. Thanks, Maurice and Karen
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Date of experience: January 2021
Naina-Damani wrote a review Jan 2021
London, United Kingdom1,042 contributions243 helpful votes
Penguin Place is a conservation reserve dedicated to helping the endangered species especially Yellow-eyed penguins.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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