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Blue Penguins Pukekura

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1260 Harrington Point Road, Dunedin, New Zealand
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Up close view of these cute little birds

After a short talk and instructions in the Albatross Center we headed out to the lookout. The deck... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
BoaterTony
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Waretown, New Jersey
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If you're even close to Dunedin, this is a must see experience. The tour guides are very... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
skittles29
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Milton, Canada
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Discover Korora, the Little Blue Penguin, the world's smallest penguin. Enjoy close up viewing of penguins returning from a day at sea within the Takiharuru Pilots Beach nature reserve at dusk. Watch from a purpose built observation deck as korora scurry up the beach to their cliff-face burrows. Viewing of the Little Blue Penguins is guaranteed and is an attraction not to be missed when visiting Dunedin, NZ's wildlife capital. Blue Penguins Pukekura is a joint venture between the Korako Karetai Trust and the Otago Peninsula Trust who agreed to establish an accord to manage the environmental, historical and amenity values of the area known as Takiharuru Pilots Beach at Pukekura Taiaroa Head. The korora little blue penguin tour is hosted by local guides who share their cultural history and welcome guests to their area,which is of historical and current significance to the descendants of Korako Karetai. Non-flash photos allowed. Penguin Tiki Tour with Transport avail from Dunedin city.
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1260 Harrington Point Road, Dunedin, New Zealand

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

After a short talk and instructions in the Albatross Center we headed out to the lookout. The deck is large and there are low level lights to enable us to see the penguins coming in from their day at sea. I never thought we would...More

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OtagoPeninsulaTrust, Manager at Blue Penguins Pukekura, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Kia ora and thanks for taking the time to write a review. It's fantastic that you did the Blue Penguins Pukekura tour and enjoyed it so much. As a kaitiaki/guardian of the headland we are primarily driven by the conservation of all the species that...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you're even close to Dunedin, this is a must see experience. The tour guides are very informative. You are guided down the stairs to the viewing platform. I would dress warmly- bring layers. It gets cold when you're standing still for an hour. You...More

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OtagoPeninsulaTrust, Manager at Blue Penguins Pukekura, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Kia ora and thanks for taking the time to write a review. We are glad to hear the guided tour exceeded your expectations - watching Kororā Little Blue Penguins raft through the sea and emerge onto the beach is a very special experience. There are...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

So cute to see them come out the ocean and walk to their nests. The smallest penguins look blue because of their very dark wet color in the artificial light. It was a nice experience. We were told the previous night they had 50 penguins...More

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OtagoPeninsulaTrust, Manager at Blue Penguins Pukekura, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Kia ora and thanks for taking the time to write a review. The Blue Penguins are named so because even when they are dry and in natural light they are still blue. Watching Kororā Little Blue Penguins raft through the sea and emerge onto the...More

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Reviewed 5 March 2018

We booked to see the Blue Penguins coming ashore. It was excellent. There are only 90 spaces per evening and a thorough briefing is given before people are allowed down to the platform. No flash photography is permitted but there are low level lights.. Staff...More

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OtagoPeninsulaTrust, Manager at Blue Penguins Pukekura, responded to this reviewResponded 9 March 2018

Kia ora and thanks for taking the time to write a review. It's fantastic that you did the Blue Penguins Pukekura tour and enjoyed it so much. As a kaitiaki/guardian of the headland we are primarily driven by the conservation of all the species that...More

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Reviewed 21 February 2018 via mobile

Up to 90 people are signed up to see these darling birds waddle in from the continental shelf for the night at nightfall. We were worried we would not have a chance to see them but they keep coming for almost an hour and there...More

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OtagoPeninsulaTrust, Manager at Blue Penguins Pukekura, responded to this reviewResponded 1 March 2018

Kia ora and thanks for taking the time to write a review. Watching Kororā Little Blue Penguins raft through the sea and emerge onto the beach is a very special experience. There are about 500 living at the Pukekura colony, with over 200 nesting pairs...More

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Reviewed 31 January 2018 via mobile

Without a doubt, the unanimous highlight of our visit to Dunedin. We booked the tour with the Royal Albatross Centre and what a fabulous experience. Seeing those amazing creatures come out of the sea en masse, determinedly hop their way over the rocks and watch...More

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OtagoPeninsulaTrust, Manager at Blue Penguins Pukekura, responded to this reviewResponded 6 February 2018

Kia ora and thanks for taking the time to write a review - we are so pleased to be able to be part of your bucket lists 'top 10' experience! Watching Kororā Little Blue Penguins raft through the sea and emerge onto the beach is...More

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Reviewed 28 December 2017

My partner and I booked this at the Royal Albatross Centre on the Otago Peninsula. We were asked to assemble at about 20.30 in the centre where we were given some information about the colony of blue Penguins and what we could expect from the...More

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OtagoPeninsulaTrust, Manager at Blue Penguins Pukekura, responded to this reviewResponded 30 December 2017

Kia ora and thanks for taking the time to write a review. It's fantastic that you did the Blue Penguins Pukekura tour and enjoyed it so much - we certainly appreciate the good feedback. As a kaitiaki/guardian of the headland we are primarily driven by...More

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Reviewed 19 December 2017 via mobile

I think this is some of the best money we have ever spent. $35 per adult gets you the opportunity to observe little blue penguins returning to their nests after a day's fishing. You can spend an hour watching them and listening to their calls....More

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OtagoPeninsulaTrust, Manager at Blue Penguins Pukekura, responded to this reviewResponded 26 December 2017

Kia ora and thanks for taking the time to write a review. It's fantastic that you did the Blue Penguins Pukekura tour and enjoyed it so much. The Blue Penguins Pukekura guided tour offers an informative, knowledgeable hosted experience for visitors. This includes a briefing...More

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Reviewed 25 November 2017 via mobile

The little blue penguins are so amazing and it is great fun to watch them come in off the water and walk up the hills to their burrows. You can hear their little squeaks and squawks as they communicate with each other and it is...More

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OtagoPeninsulaTrust, Manager at Blue Penguins Pukekura, responded to this reviewResponded 28 November 2017

Kia ora and thanks for taking the time to write a review. It's fantastic that you enjoyed the tour so much. Pukekura is a precious wildlife refuge and we work with the local Maori Korako Karetai Trust to host visitors and protect the Blue Penguins....More

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Reviewed 6 November 2017 via mobile

Unique experience seeing a little under 200 blue penguins come up into their nests over a 1 hour time frame. Viewing platform with lights allows you to see them up close! Just adorable little penguins waddling up the beach. Worth it.More

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OtagoPeninsulaTrust, Manager at Blue Penguins Pukekura, responded to this reviewResponded 9 November 2017

We love that you joined the Blue Penguins Pukekura tour and enjoyed it so much. Thank you for sharing your experience too! As a kaitiaki/guardian of the headland we are primarily driven by the conservation of all the species that call Pukekura home, including a...More

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nysteffi
1 October 2017|
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Response from OtagoPeninsulaTrust | Property representative |
Kia ora, we have penguins here all year round - viewing varies depending on what stage of the breeding cycle they are in during your visit. For further information please visit our website.
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lanita33
28 December 2015|
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Response from Linda P |
I read from another source that the birds leave their nests early at dawn to go into the ocean.
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