Penguin Place

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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 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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MMW
Auckland, New Zealand29 contributions
Jan 2021
Penguin Place is a must. They do a fantastic job, and provide a unique opportunity to get close to the endangered yellow-eyed penguins. Jason was our friendly and very knowledgeable guide and gave us a informative and interesting tour of their penguin hospital - about 40 of them? We were also lucky enough to see one yellow eyed penguin in the wild, and one Hooker's sea lion and cub in search of adventure. These guys are fully funded by visitors, so help them out, do the tour, see loads of penguins, learn a lot, leave a donation, and save a species. Thanks, Maurice and Karen
Written 31 January 2021
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Naina-Damani
London, UK1,032 contributions
Feb 2020
Penguin Place is a conservation reserve dedicated to helping the endangered species especially Yellow-eyed penguins.
Written 10 January 2021
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sara_fearon
Auckland Central, New Zealand11 contributions
Jan 2021 • Solo
Wonderful, dropped by as part of Monarch tour and was great. Doing amazing work for the yellow eyed penguins, super special to see a new rescued chick arrive. Definitely recommend.
Written 5 January 2021
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Thank you for taking the time to visit and support our project here at Penguin Place. We are so glad you enjoyed it.
Written 28 January 2021
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Jeffry b
Essendon, Australia10,757 contributions
Dec 2020
The Yellow-Eyed Penguin is an endangered species. Penguin Place is the world's only wildlife refuge fully funded by visitors. It is a conservation and restoration program. Injured and sick penguins are rehabilitated. In the summer season, tours run frequently each day from October to March. In the winter season, from April to September, one tour is held daily.
Written 1 December 2020
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Thank you for visiting and supporting our project here at Penguin Place.
Written 28 January 2021
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Graham S
Ashburton, New Zealand87 contributions
Nov 2020 • Couples
Spur of the moment visit, the 4.45 tour. Lucky enough to be the only ones on tour. Great guide, started with overview of these exceptional birds and what they are doing to help them survive. Visited the ‘hospital’ enclosure which provided a very close encounter with about 6 juveniles. Great photo opps!
A quick bus ride to ‘their’ beach and guided around through a series of ‘tunnels’ to various viewing spots. Managed to see 3 in the wild including 1 returning from the sea. Recommend++
Written 24 November 2020
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Thank you for visiting and supporting our project here at Penguin Place. We are so glad you enjoyed it.
Written 28 January 2021
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Hannahlee36
Dunedin, New Zealand65 contributions
Dec 2019
We were pleasantly surprised with this experience. We saw yellow-eyed penguins up close. Enjoyed the trip a lot and hope to visit again some day. Next time we would bring better binoculars with us!
Written 11 November 2020
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Thank you for visiting and supporting our project here at Penguin Place. We are glad you enjoyed your experience with us.
Written 28 January 2021
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Nora K
Palmerston North, New Zealand14 contributions
Oct 2020
Seeing penguins close by in their natural habitat was an extraordinary experience. The tour is lead by very knowledgeable staff, who are committed to the penguins wellbeing , reforestation and conservation.
Written 25 October 2020
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Thank you for visiting and supporting our project here at Penguin Place. We are so glad it was a highlight on your trip.
Written 28 January 2021
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Bruce M
Dunedin, New Zealand743 contributions
Oct 2020 • Friends
The three of us took a tour at Penguin Place recently. Friendly welcome from the front desk then a thorough briefing on conservation issues facing Yellow-eyed penguin. Then over the hill in a bus and a walk through covered trenches to view nest sites.

I enjoyed myself saw some penguins and some other wildlife. Recommended.
Written 19 October 2020
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Thank you for visiting and supporting our project here at Penguin Place.
Written 28 January 2021
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Southeastnetwork
Glasgow23 contributions
Oct 2020 • Family
Penguins penguins and seals guaranteed. Enthusiastic, diligent and knowledgable tour guide. For the family ticket of just $120, we'll worth it.
Written 1 October 2020
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Thank you for visiting and supporting our project here at Penguin Place.
Written 28 January 2021
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pd7
Harlow, UK576 contributions
Jan 2020
One of the best activities we did on our whole tour of both NZ islands! Friendly, welcoming, knowledgeable staff. Got to see lots of yellow-eyed penguins both in the sanctuary being restored to health and out in the wild. Ingenious set of tunnels & hides for humans to move around so as to be invisible to penguins coming back up the beach and also up the cliffs (!) Also, saw many sealions and seals that had also hauled themselves up to the higher (grassy) parts of the beach/cliffs. Bear in mind there's a bit of a drive on a bumpy track from one side of the O.P. headland to the other but it's all part of the fun! So impressed with all the staff!
Written 21 September 2020
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Thank you for visiting and supporting our project here at Penguin Place. We are so glad you enjoyed your experience with us.
Written 28 January 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

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