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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 3 days ago via mobile

Kudos to the owners for trying to save yellow penguins and preserving the land. You will enjoy your time here. Good tour guide

Thank eschindler
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We visited the penguin place to see yellow eyed penguins. Saw 1 juvenile emerge from the water. And several little blue chicks in the nests. Wonderful experience

Thank Maria V
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

What a great place and experience, thanks to Ricky and Adrian, both gave our group lots of detailed info on what is done there. A fantastic guided walk thru the bush and tunnels to hopefully see the Penguins and seals. We see some Penguins in...More

Thank IJArchibald
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great to see places and people dedicated to the preservation of the natural enviroment and this is just such a place. Because we went midday the penguins were mostly out fishing for a living, but the hairy seals were rolling in the grass and shutting...More

Thank Daneck
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

You are told right up front that seeing the yellow-eyed penguin is rare. We didn’t get to see one. There has been a big drop in the population and all the chicks from the past season died. Our guide didn’t take us into the penguin...More

Thank Michael L
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to the Penguin Place. Our guide was clearly passionate and provided just the right amount of information about the wildlife in a friendly manner. Great to be able to see some rare penguins in the penguin “hospital”. Really enjoyed being...More

Thank Mewett_Family
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Went with friends and had Louie who was great as our guide. Pros... great penguin advocacy and hospital but only non-hospitalized penguin were 2 cuties in their Hospital and 2 Blue penguin butts inside the wooden nests the conservatory provides for them. They were in...More

Thank rammd01
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You learn a bit about penguins. You have a walk about. We saw mainly fur seals, which was fun and interesting. A few penguins in the hospital and a few in the boxes in the wild. It's worth the trip and the time, even if...More

Thank Kinuck
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great trip ! We booked a room at the lodge for an overnight stay and had fantastic views from our room over the mountains and water. Our tour was at 1845 and Caitlin was an absolute star. It is clear she is really passionate about...More

Thank TAJ0905
penguinplace, Manager at Penguin Place, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Kia ora, thank you for your review. Caitlin is absolutely stoked to hear that you enjoyed your time with her in our reserve. We are pleased to say that all our guides are passionate about Yellow Eyed Penguins. They are a wonderful, unique species with...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was our first tour to see penguins in NZ. We were very excited. By the end we were quite disappointed. The tour started with an introduction and a visit to the infirmary to see two penguin. Then we got on a bus and drove...More

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

Kia ora Ellen and thank you for taking the time to place feedback. Our wildlife reserve is dedicated to helping save one of the world's rarest and most endangered species of penguin, the Yellow Eyed Penguin, of which there are 1800 individuals left. Our guides...More

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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