Penguin Place

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Penguin Place
4.5
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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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Nora K
Palmerston North, New Zealand14 contributions
Highlight of our trip
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 Zealand733 contributions
Very interesting visit
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
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Southeastnetwork
Glasgow22 contributions
Must visit
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
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

pd7
London, UK534 contributions
Definite must see/do Top 10 activity in Dunedin/Otago (Peninsula)
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.

Trip57948475961
Dunedin, New Zealand1 contribution
No through road
Aug 2020
I took a walk in the area yesterday and according to google maps, I could walk from one side of the peninsula to the other. Halfway along this road, I came across Penguin Palace, where I stopped to look at the information boards on the side of the road. A woman with a dog approached me and asked me what I thought I was doing because I was on private property. Unsure how that had happened, I apologized.
She then asked me where I was from, and when I replied that I was a local, she told me she didn't believe me. I explained that I am born and breed Kiwi, but have inherited a family member's accent, of which she replied "oh that's not so bad then".
I then received a lecture about how we need to stay away from the endangered the penguin, of which is replied, yes I know, because as I already told you, I am local. To prove that I wasn't trying to sneak onto their property to see the penguins, and in fact, had just been going for a walk, I showed her google maps, which listed the road as public, not private. I also pointed out that there was no private/dead-end road sign.
She then apologized for the whole ordeal and tried to sell me a tour ticket. Instead, I went home and cried.

Recommendations:
- Get Google maps to fix your road listing + put a private/dead end sign on the road
- Be welcoming to people who come to your car park, maybe then they will buy a tour
- Recognize that not all Kiwis sound alike
- Have a positive mindset towards foreign nationals
Written 25 August 2020
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Zoe
Dunedin, New Zealand1 contribution
10/10
Aug 2020
Great tour with a knowledgeable guide who really seemed to love penguins! We were very lucky and spotted 9 yellow eyed penguins hanging out in their natural environment. Despite the classic Dunedin wintery weather, it was a lovely part of the coastline to see, and the wildlife was a bonus! Thanks for the work you are doing penguin place :).
Written 21 August 2020
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Humming Along
california245 contributions
Real worthwhile destination
Aug 2020 • Couples
Highlight. To see these large, rare penguins in the wild, but pretty close is a real treat. The venue is well managed and all for the penguins. They have built blinds and tunnels allowing visitors to see the birds in a variety of locales they may be, without disturbing the penguins at all. We also saw little blue penguins and a NZ sea lion on the pretty beach. Yellow eye penguins were the stars. We saw them porpoising in the surf, then coming out of the water across the beach. Also saw some standing around and a few pairs in nests. Excellent stop. Beautiful country
Written 12 August 2020
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jodieh438
Auckland Central, New Zealand4 contributions
Excellent place to visit and see Hoiho
Jul 2020 • Family
We loved this experience and the special care taken to ensure that visitors do not disturb these special birds. Our guide was clearly passionate about the penguins and a wealth of information. We had a great visit.
Written 11 July 2020
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Kate H
Cambridge, New Zealand92 contributions
All eyes on the yellow eyes!
Jul 2020 • Family
What a fantastic experience! We went on a lovely winter afternoon and walked as part of a guided group down to overlook an empty and secluded beach. After not many minutes, yellow eyed penguins started to appear in the surf and come ashore for the evening. A grand total of 12, which was apparently exceptional, especially as these are the most critically endangered penguins in the world. We were so lucky to see them a. Tip: warm clothing and binoculars essential! Thanks to Jason, our lovely and knowledgeable tour guide.
Highly recommended.
Written 11 July 2020
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lisak12
Washington DC249 contributions
If you want to see a yellow-eyed penguin, this is the place!
Jun 2020
If you want to see yellow-eyed penguins in the wild, this is the place. We showed up without a reservation but shortly before their designated tour time of 3:45 pm. After a brief into (and a stop at their "hospital" where they happened to have two recuperating injured penguins) you are driven to the top of a dune and hike down through a series of passageways to a hide where you can observe penguins, gulls, sea lions, and other wildlife on the beach from a distance. Gorgeous. As it is early winter, not breeding season, we were told at the beginning that if we saw one penguin we were lucky, and if we saw three we should celebrate at the bar. We saw eight, including some fascinating "pre-mating" behavior with males calling to females and jumping over dunes. I would highly recommend this activity to anyone who is in the area and hopes to see one of these lovely (uncommon) creatures.
Written 19 June 2020
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