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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 4 days ago

We really enjoyed the tour. The tour guide was very knowledgeable but not the most polished public speaker. That actually gives him more credibility. We saw the chicks and adult yellow-eyed penguins in the hospital/rehab center and one in the wild. Also a little blue...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Stephen C
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

This tour was educational and informative. I was very surprised to hear the yellow eyed penguin is endangered. I lived walking through nature to get to the trench’s you walk threw and the viewing boxes. We were lucky to see penguins on the beach and...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Donnaes5454
Reviewed 5 days ago

This is an informative place to visit. The friendly, knowledgeable, patient staff members were equally respective of the animals as well as the guests. The scenery was pretty, and it was fun to see penguins and seals up close. To me, it was also entertaining...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank JohnsonIV
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We’ve visited to see the yellow-eyed penguins which you can’t find anywhere else. The tour starts from showing “the hospital “- do you see several of them, and then you go to the sea shore. There was 1 blue penguin sleeping inside the small wooden...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank AnnaG3171
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Not sure about this place. Yes it’s for the yellow eyed penguin but apart from the four in the hospital you don’t get to see any. You do get a walk to the beach where little blue penguins exist as well seals. Now - if...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank SarahNZ_12
Reviewed 1 week ago

Don't miss the opportunity to be this close to the yellow-eyed penguin. It genuinely changed the way I feel about our world. These folks are truly caring and the penguins are completely connected - even though they usually don't like people. This is a place...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank sfdann
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had a dynamic and exciting visit to this very well organized refuge. Seeing the rare penguin in a protected environment for the recovering animals was tremendously motivating to help the refuge in their work. I wish that we were scheduled to spend some time...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Ron1733
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went to find and view the rare yellow eyed penguins and we were lucky enough to book into the lodge at the penguin place.. our guide was very very knowledgeable and kind and helpful Through a network of underground tunnels and hides we saw at...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank gregrevlo
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A wonderful experience. Saw Yellow eyed penguins close up in the wildlife hospital, fur seals in large numbers on the cost, Little penguins nesting and a lone Yellow eyed penguin on the beach. Good viewing facilities complimented by a knowledgeable and friendly guide. Highly recommended.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Greg H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was one of our first tourist stops on our two week visit. As a family we appreciated the efforts of the family to guide and protect the animals and all of the hard work they have put into their animal hospital, the blinds and...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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20 February 2018|
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Response from marvloz01 | 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
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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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