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Penguin Place

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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...more
45 Pakihau Road | Otago Peninsula, Dunedin 9077, New Zealand
+64 3-478 0286
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This was an awesome experience. We had a lovely drive out from Dunedin to the Otago Peninsula, and the Penguin Place was very easy to find. We managed to get on the first tour of the day, so we weren’t sure what to expect. There...More

1  Thank Voyager822803
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A good place to watch close at night time when the penguins return to their home. You see them clearly walking in a row. You must keep quite and in darkness. Cameras by visitors make you see them better. In the center you get a...More

Thank avibrecher
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

As soon as I knew I was going to Dunedin, I booked my tour at Penguin Place. I'm passionate about wildlife and wanted to see the yellow eyed penguins in person. I was not disappointed. The walk down into the trenches and blinds made it...More

1  Thank Erin M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Unsure what to expect but we found a centre dedicated to the yellow eyed penguin. A series of trenches led you down to the beach and at the first hide we had a full mature penguin 10 feet away. Just stunning. We then saw several...More

1  Thank Derek S
Reviewed 8 September 2018 via mobile

I absolutely loved this tour! Seems pricey at $54 pp but all the money goes to protecting the conservation of these endangered penguins. Make sure you call to book first and check the exact time of the tour as it does differ to their website....More

1  Thank Amy P
Reviewed 5 September 2018

I was very disappointed at the entry price to this venue, and felt it was exploitative. I am aware of their programmes etc, and support such entities but it was a bit steep. Fortunately, at a neighbouring beach I saw all they had to offer...More

Thank DillwyniaPeter
Reviewed 4 September 2018

Our tour guide, Mateo, local guy, picked us bang on time from the location we chose and took us on an incredible trip to see seals, Royal Albatri, blue penguin chicks and yes! the elusive yellow penguin. He was full of knowledge and passion for...More

Thank Armand D
Reviewed 3 September 2018

I visited the Penguin Place about one week ago, with my wife and son. We had a fascinating time and saw three Yellow-Eyed Penguins in total, with one very obliging penguin on a path within a few yards of a hide. We also saw several...More

Thank Philip G
Reviewed 7 August 2018

What a wonderful place! I took my children here 16 years ago and was returning now as part of a 21st birthday visit with the same two and a girlfriend. The crew are very realistic about the sad demise of numbers in the last 16...More

Thank GillyONZ
Reviewed 4 August 2018

We arrived in the Otago Peninsula in the winter season, and didn't know quite what to expect on the Penguin Place Tour, but were very happily surprised by the quality of the tour and the chance to witness these majestic creatures in their natural habitat....More

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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
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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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