The Otago Peninsula Eco Restoration Alliance

The Otago Peninsula Eco Restoration Alliance

The Otago Peninsula Eco Restoration Alliance
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  • Connector16760779062
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A beautiful spot teeming with wildlife - even if you don’t see a Yellow-Eyed Penguin!
    This is a really terrific experience. My partner and I were in a very small group (4, including our guide). We saw seals, sea lions, and blue penguins. We were also very lucky to see the star of the show, one of the worlds rarest penguins, the Hoiho! It was a really beautiful spot, a fantastic place to be patient, slow down, and try some wildlife spotting. Our fantastic guide gave us a talk on the conservation of the hoiho, and also a tour of the hoiho hospital. The site is private land, and is being re-wilded. There is a small walk (it shouldn’t be an issue if you have a basic level of fitness). Highly, highly recommended during a tour of the Otago peninsula.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 13 October 2023
  • Suzanne W
    Gosforth, United Kingdom21 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    An enjoyable morning
    Our friendly guide Ashley was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic about local wildlife, even though she’s new to her role. We caught glimpses of yellow-eyed and little blue penguins nesting, and saw fur seals on the beach. The rehabilitation centre is currently being renovated so we were unable to see penguins in there. An enjoyable morning.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 22 October 2023
  • Heather D
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing and striking
    I cannot say enough about our amazing experience. The landscape was striking, and we had the opportunity to see and appreciate flora and fauna that we cannot see anywhere else in the world. My children and I particularly appreciated all that The OPERA is doing to restore the land for the native species. This is their home; we are merely visitors. The weather wasn’t great, but there were rain jackets available that helped us stay dry and warm.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 17 November 2023
  • pattidy
    Maldon, United Kingdom2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great views, great experience
    Brilliant day. Fabulous views and very lucky with the brilliant weather too. Got to see penguins and seals too. Our coach driver, Chow, was great with lots of knowledge to share with us. The crew on board were very friendly, helpful and informative. Thoroughly recommend this trip.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 22 November 2023
  • catherinek163
    Auckland Central, New Zealand3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must do in Dunedin
    An amazing tour with a knowledgeable and enthusiastic young guide. Such interesting information and well cared for conservation area with passionate people. Loved the recovery area and seeing the baby blue in nests when out as well as seals.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 18 December 2023
  • Roam45597279985
    Napier, New Zealand6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth a visit - now and in the years to come.
    This place was fantastic to visit. They were very passionate about the penguins and are doing an amazing job restoring the area. We learnt a lot, laughed a lot and will hopefully go back one day. The trenches/tunnels were amazing to see. And you could see seals everywhere from great view points. It was the wrong time of day to see the penguins in the wild but it didn’t matter - it was still worth going.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 19 January 2024
  • Emilin L
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Much appreciated
    Great tour, Opera seems to really care for the animals and puts their well being and peace and quiet first. The young yellow eyed pinguins in the nursery were utterly adorable. Almost tripped over a seal during the walk.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 24 January 2024
  • Marissa
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting and informative tour
    My partner and I really enjoyed the penguin tour. We were lucky enough to be able to view about 24 baby yellow-eyed penguins in the rehabilitation center. It was fantastic to be able to see them so close up. It was also great to learn more about the penguins, and the wider restoration efforts OPERA are doing. Unfortunately we didn't get to see any yellow-eyed penguins in the wild. But we did get to see a couple of little blue penguins and lots of seals. We were happy to put our money towards funding such meaningful projects. Overall we really enjoyed the tour and would recommend to others.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 29 January 2024
  • Ambassador583924
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic tour
    Cat was a fantastic guide - very knowledgable and friendly. Great set up with a short talk at the start then a short minibus down to the hides followed by a lovely walk around the reserve and then a drive back to the rehab centre. Definitely worth a visit!!
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 5 February 2024
  • becon63
    Sandhurst, United Kingdom4 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great opportunity to see and learn about some interesting penguins
    Informative talk at the beginning, followed by expedition to see penguins in the wild. It was quite a strenuous walk - ok for most but one or two people had difficulty. No yellow-eyed penguins in evidence, but we saw some little penguins. Saw some yellow-eyed penguins in the rehabilitation unit where young or sick birds were being strengthened up for release. All in all an interesting and enjoyable experience, helped by knowledgeable and enthusiastic staff.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 7 February 2024
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Arti W
Dunedin, New Zealand4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
Incredible experience, I was blown away. Such a cool place, lots of information and they are doing fantastic work not only for the hoiho, but for their entire land and all the wildlife they have there. Highly recommend supporting them. Super friendly staff and the best spot to see hoiho if they have some in their rehab facility (for sick, injured or moulting penguins for example). Took a tour to the rehab centre where they had juvenile and adult hoiho, and two snares crested penguins and an erect crested penguin, and then out further through their land to see some fur seals/kekeno and sea lions/pakeke, even saw a little penguin/kororā in the sea! Was buzzing after this experience
Written 7 April 2024
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Lovedaynz
London5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Adrian was a passionate and knowledgeable tour guide. He was very engaging with our three and five year olds. Also accomodating to my dad who is in his 70s.
Written 1 April 2024
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Passport62625696628
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
The tour guide was excellent, and I felt fortunate to have witnessed the penguins returning home. It was an unforgettable experience filled with awe and wonder.
Written 30 March 2024
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DS333333
sydney4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
Nice and informative visit. Able to view the penguins in the rehabilitation centre quite closely. The staff were very friendly and knowledgeable.
Written 29 March 2024
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globallybusy
Los Angeles, CA25 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
It was enjoyable and educational to see the conservation activities at the center. However, what most people would like is wild animal sightings. Given that the blue penguin evening tour at the albatross center is always sold out, it would be good to have more such tours at OPERA. For example, the Oamaru center has quite an operation to see blue penguins (which was very enjoyable despite the numbers of people).
Written 27 March 2024
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Mil Formas de Viajar
Majorca, Spain55 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
If you just expect to see penguins, then it's perfect because you get to see the ones in the centre. But I didn't like at all the way you get to see them. Along all the coast we've been warned not to approach the yellow eyed penguins less than 50m. Before you go into the centre, they tell you you can just see them thru a small opening on the fence so they don't get disturbed. This "small openings" are so big, the penguins see you with no problem. So, I don't undesrtand how these tours can help to protect them. Then they took us by bus to the cliff to see if we can see them. We didn't. But they showed us some of the nests the centre build for the yellow ayed and the blue penguins. In one of them there was a little blue penguin. We walked along so close we could almost put our nose inside the nest (and of course, that's what almost all the people do). When they drove us back to the centre, we drove along another section with penguins inside with any kind of closed fence, so I could see them directly. For me it's been a very sad tour. This tells me they're more interested to get the money from the tourists than the protection itself. After this experience, we didn't go to any other "conservation centre".
Written 22 March 2024
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Andrew C
2 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Rather expensive for a walk by the coast with no penguins seen, and a visit to a rehabilitation compound. Hopefully the money will improve future prospects for the penguins!
Written 12 March 2024
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steve r
Wellesley, Canada6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Great staff, wonderful experience….truly worth the trip! Awesome work being done by all the people involved and a chance to see wonderful creatures in their natural habitat
Written 7 March 2024
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907JLeMay
Anchorage, AK169 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
We enjoyed our walk, looking at each portion of the rehabilitative facility. It was fun to see yellow-eyed penguins and little blue penguins up close. We adventured on the grounds and saw seals, little blues, and various birds up close. Beautiful views of the sea!
Written 29 February 2024
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Jane
Napier, New Zealand40 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Great informative tour albeit not seeing any Yellow-eyed penguins in the wild.

Excellent description of the ongoing efforts to protect the penguins and their environment.

Seems that the volume of tourists they bring through on a daily basis would not be beneficial to their efforts other than the economic benefits of the donations.
Written 28 February 2024
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