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Blue Penguins Pukekura

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Dunedin, New Zealand
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About Blue Penguins Pukekura
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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Hinemoa McCawe wrote a review Apr 2021
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This is one of the best nature experiences we have ever done. Observing the penguins in their natural habitat and coming in off the ocean created much excitement amongst those watching. Thoroughly enjoyed it.
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Date of experience: April 2021
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Response from OtagoPeninsulaTrust, Manager at Blue Penguins Pukekura
Responded 1 week ago
Kia ora Hine42 and thank you for taking the time to write a review. We are so happy to hear that you decided to come out to Blue Penguins Pukekura to experience such a wonderful natural viewing and see so many penguins coming back home! As a kaitiaki/guardian of the headland we are primarily driven by the conservation of all the species that call Pukekura home, including a joint venture with the Pukekura Trust to allow for Blue Penguin viewing for visitors. Pukekura is a precious wildlife refuge and we work with the local Maori Korako Karetai Trust to host visitors and protect the Blue Penguins. We very much value to contribution that visitors are able to make to this precious wildlife sanctuary by supporting the Blue Penguins Pukekura and Royal Albatross Centre tours and activities. Thank you again for coming to visit and we hope you enjoyed the rest of your time on the Otago Peninsula! All the best, Ashleigh, Assistant Manager, Otago Peninsula Trust Enterprises PRESERVING AND ENHANCING OTAGO PENINSULA SINCE 1967
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fairyjasmine wrote a review Jan 2021
Hamilton, New Zealand217 contributions5 helpful votes
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I initially hadn’t planned to do this because I thought we will be seeing penguins from afar and they won’t be many . We got talking to an artist at the art gallery just above the railway station. She used to be a volunteer at this place before the trust took over the care of the place. She highly recommended this place because my 7 y/o took a liking to one of her penguins painting. We are very glad that we went. 168 penguins came home that night. We were able to see penguins from a very close but safe social distances from the cute penguins. Some literally walked right underneath the platform we were standing to go back to their burrows. One was even hopping on the stairs on our way back up! A must visit if you want to see penguins in their natural habitat. Very educational too. Learnt a lot about this tiny cute creature from our guide who was very friendly. Worth the money in my opinion. We paid $80 for 2A3C and all the proceeds go towards the conservation project
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Date of experience: January 2021
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Responded 5 Feb 2021
Kia ora fairyjasmine and thank you for taking the time to write a review. We are so happy to hear that you decided to come out to Blue Penguins Pukekura to experience such a wonderful natural viewing and see so many penguins coming back home! It is a great time of year to visit as we still have lots of hungry chicks at home meaning lots of hard working parents come back every night to feed them. The Blue Penguins Pukekura guided tour offers an informative, knowledgeable hosted experience for visitors. Our guides love getting to share their knowledge with visitors and we will pass along your kind words to them. As a kaitiaki/guardian of the headland we are primarily driven by the conservation of all the species that call Pukekura home, including a joint venture with the Pukekura Trust to allow for Blue Penguin viewing for visitors. Pukekura is a precious wildlife refuge and we work with the local Maori Korako Karetai Trust to host visitors and protect the Blue Penguins. We very much value to contribution that visitors are able to make to this precious wildlife sanctuary by supporting the Blue Penguins Pukekura and Royal Albatross Centre tours and activities. Thank you again for coming to visit and we hope you enjoyed the rest of your time on the Otago Peninsula! All the best, Shannon, Visitor Host, Otago Peninsula Trust Enterprises PRESERVING AND ENHANCING OTAGO PENINSULA SINCE 1967
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Gabrielle D wrote a review Nov 2020
Auckland Region, New Zealand17 contributions4 helpful votes
This was the highlight of our 5 day holiday in Dunedin. Viewing is at night when its dark (thats when the penguins come ashore). The surrounds of the viewing platform is lit up and even with the cheap camera on my phone I caught lots of close up videos of the penguins. They arrived in groups or rafts and we saw well over 100!
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Date of experience: November 2020
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Response from OtagoPeninsulaTrust, Manager at Blue Penguins Pukekura
Responded 9 Jan 2021
Kia ora and thanks for taking the time to write a review. It's fantastic that you were glad 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 call Pukekura home, including a joint venture with the Pukekura Trust to allow for Blue Penguin viewing for visitors. Pukekura is a precious wildlife refuge and we work with the local Maori Korako Karetai Trust to host visitors and protect the Blue Penguins. We love to share this special place and unique wildlife experiences with our visitors. The Blue Penguins Pukekura guided tour offers an informative, knowledgeable hosted experience for visitors. This includes a briefing on the experience, explanation of and insights into the lives of Blue Penguins and exclusive viewing from on the wildlife reserve. The cost of the tour contributes to the stewardship and protection of the Little Blue Penguins. It enables the Otago Peninsula Trust with the Pukekura Trust and Korako Karetai Trust, which all manages Blue Penguins Pukekura to continue to offer penguin experiences to the public, to offer education programmes to children including revegetation, habitat and penguin monitoring and pest control. We very much value to contribution that visitors are able to make to this precious wildlife sanctuary by supporting the Blue Penguins Pukekura and Royal Albatross Centre tours and activities. Hope you come again to visit the Little Blue Penguins at Pukekura, and take the chance to access the Albatross Colony reserve and experience one of our informative and enjoyable guided tours. All the best Chris, Operations Manager, Otago Peninsula Trust Enterprises PRESERVING AND ENHANCING OTAGO PENINSULA SINCE 1967
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Charlie Christie wrote a review Oct 2020
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Couldn't fault this place and the guys who work there. They were so happy and so passionate about their job and the work they do and were willing to go the extra mile! We were treated to the most wonderful display of albatross and little blue penguins. The facilities were clean, tidy and very well organized! Well done guys. I hope you keep thriving and I will be recommending you to everyone I know!
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Responded 9 Jan 2021
Kia ora and thanks for taking the time to write a review. It's fantastic that you were glad 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 call Pukekura home, including a joint venture with the Pukekura Trust to allow for Blue Penguin viewing for visitors. Pukekura is a precious wildlife refuge and we work with the local Maori Korako Karetai Trust to host visitors and protect the Blue Penguins. We love to share this special place and unique wildlife experiences with our visitors. The Blue Penguins Pukekura guided tour offers an informative, knowledgeable hosted experience for visitors. This includes a briefing on the experience, explanation of and insights into the lives of Blue Penguins and exclusive viewing from on the wildlife reserve. The cost of the tour contributes to the stewardship and protection of the Little Blue Penguins. It enables the Otago Peninsula Trust with the Pukekura Trust and Korako Karetai Trust, which all manages Blue Penguins Pukekura to continue to offer penguin experiences to the public, to offer education programmes to children including revegetation, habitat and penguin monitoring and pest control. We very much value to contribution that visitors are able to make to this precious wildlife sanctuary by supporting the Blue Penguins Pukekura and Royal Albatross Centre tours and activities. Hope you come again to visit the Little Blue Penguins at Pukekura, and take the chance to access the Albatross Colony reserve and experience one of our informative and enjoyable guided tours. All the best Chris, Operations Manager, Otago Peninsula Trust Enterprises PRESERVING AND ENHANCING OTAGO PENINSULA SINCE 1967
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KimandCliff wrote a review Oct 2020
Auckland, New Zealand106 contributions72 helpful votes
We just visited for the penguins. We got to the Albatross Centre early so that we could have a look around the centre at the information on the Albatross & Penguins. (Takes about 1/2 an hour). Had a bite to eat at the cafe. Set off to see the penguins from the platform at dusk. Expedition was well organised. Our group was small (the joys of holidaying outside of school holiday time!). We saw over 100 penguins come ashore. They were very cute and entertaining. Make sure you wrap up warm for this excursion because if a cold wind is blowing, it is freezing! The guides were very friendly. Really happy to recommend.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Responded 9 Jan 2021
Kia ora and thanks for taking the time to write a review. It's fantastic that you were glad 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 call Pukekura home, including a joint venture with the Pukekura Trust to allow for Blue Penguin viewing for visitors. Pukekura is a precious wildlife refuge and we work with the local Maori Korako Karetai Trust to host visitors and protect the Blue Penguins. We love to share this special place and unique wildlife experiences with our visitors. The Blue Penguins Pukekura guided tour offers an informative, knowledgeable hosted experience for visitors. This includes a briefing on the experience, explanation of and insights into the lives of Blue Penguins and exclusive viewing from on the wildlife reserve. The cost of the tour contributes to the stewardship and protection of the Little Blue Penguins. It enables the Otago Peninsula Trust with the Pukekura Trust and Korako Karetai Trust, which all manages Blue Penguins Pukekura to continue to offer penguin experiences to the public, to offer education programmes to children including revegetation, habitat and penguin monitoring and pest control. We very much value to contribution that visitors are able to make to this precious wildlife sanctuary by supporting the Blue Penguins Pukekura and Royal Albatross Centre tours and activities. Hope you come again to visit the Little Blue Penguins at Pukekura, and take the chance to access the Albatross Colony reserve and experience one of our informative and enjoyable guided tours. All the best Chris, Operations Manager, Otago Peninsula Trust Enterprises PRESERVING AND ENHANCING OTAGO PENINSULA SINCE 1967
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