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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
+64 3-478 0286
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Reviewed 4 days ago

We were given a penguin primer upon our arrival by a very knowledgeable staffer. They provide penguin rehab for injured penguins and we were able to see 2 of their patients that were well into their recovery (a highlight to see them so close). We...More

Thank DogsLovingWater
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

This place is absolutely wonderful. Because of the changing habitat around the coast line this fiercely independent penguin is having a harsh time. The Penguin Place tries to create the natural habitat these penguins need for their nesting. So they are planting trees to create...More

Thank nickw294
Reviewed 1 week ago

I so wanted to love Penguin Place. Your experience will be improved if you bring a pair of binoculars or telephoto lense for each person in your group. The penguins will be tens of meters away. Also penguins like cold places. The penguin beach is...More

Thank ensslen
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited yesterday and took a tour with Ricky. We didn't really know what to expect but I'm glad we didn't read some of these reviews first as it might have put us off. We thought the intro lecture was great as it gave us...More

Thank Kirsty H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We saw 2 penguins at the hospital, and then 1 yellow eyed mother penguin on her eggs , but only through a telescope.. They should tell you in advance that the penguin you'll see is that far that by just looking, you can barely see...More

Thank Quentin_Fajke
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This penguin reserve was developed to help the yellow eyed penguins be able to mate and raise their chicks more safely. Unfortunately stoats and some seals, ferrets and some birds find the chicks to be prey. Rabbits do a lot of damage to the local...More

Thank fourbeesplus3
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Must visit and see how much important is preservation of endangered species of Yellow Eyed Penguins.

Thank Lucretius-Lauenburg
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

we were looking forward to seeing yellow eyed penguins! There was a lot of walking, over 100 unevened steps, and no safe pathways. At the area of penguin nesting we only saw 1 penguin with binoculars only and never saw anything closer. What a disappointment....More

Thank caryn8282
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great to see the yellow eyed penguins in their natural habitat!! We went on the 4:45 tour, we had great views of one penguin on the nest and arriving back from the sea on the beach! Guides were happy to help and informative, very relaxed...More

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

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

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were welcomed by a very enthousiast Ricky who took us to an 'aula' (?) for a short introduction. Small busses brought us to the entrance of the reserve. Matt was our guide, Zoë took care of the other group. It was raining during our...More

Thank Guy9120
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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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8 January 2015|
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