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Blue Penguins Pukekura

1260 Harrington Point Road, Dunedin, New Zealand
+64 3-478 0499
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Amazing experience

This was one of the highlights of our visit to the Otago Peninsula. It's about a 20-30 minute drive... read more

Reviewed 25 March 2017
evie62
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Another Must See

Can there possibly be anything cuter than a blue penguin, the smallest of the penguin family? This... read more

Reviewed 19 March 2017
sCHER12345
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Frederick MarylAND
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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, Takiharuru Pilots Beach, which is of historical and current significance to the descendants of Korako Karetai.
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Hours Today: 16:30 - 19:00
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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1260 Harrington Point Road, Dunedin, New Zealand
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Reviewed 25 March 2017

This was one of the highlights of our visit to the Otago Peninsula. It's about a 20-30 minute drive from Dunedin city centre and the visit takes place in the evening. We had an introductory chat from our guide who was very knowledgeable then we...More

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OtagoPeninsulaTrust, Public Relations Manager at Blue Penguins Pukekura, responded to this reviewResponded 4 April 2017

Kia ora and thanks for taking the time to write a review. It's great that you were glad you did the Blue Penguins Pukekura tour and enjoyed it so much - we're so pleased you loved your time with us so much. That's a good...More

Reviewed 19 March 2017

Can there possibly be anything cuter than a blue penguin, the smallest of the penguin family? This stop allowed us to watch them come on land, and flee into the brush. We had a great first hand view-and the guides were extremely knowledgable. The group...More

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OtagoPeninsulaTrust, Public Relations Manager at Blue Penguins Pukekura, responded to this reviewResponded 4 April 2017

Kia ora and thanks for taking the time to write a review. It's great that you were glad you did the Blue Penguins Pukekura tour and enjoyed it so much - we're so pleased you loved your time with us so much. As a kaitiaki/guardian...More

Reviewed 9 March 2017 via mobile

After going to Penguin Place to see the Yellow Eyed Penguins, we were a bit disappointed as it wasn't a very natural environment. So we decided to stick around to see the Blue Penguins at the Albatross Center. So glad we did! You are taken...More

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OtagoPeninsulaTrust, Public Relations Manager at Blue Penguins Pukekura, responded to this reviewResponded 17 March 2017

Kia ora and thanks for taking the time to write a review. It's great that you enjoyed your visit with us so much - we're so pleased you loved your time with us. Thank you for the feedback about your experience, we will certainly address...More

Reviewed 21 February 2017

Wonderful experience!! Viewing platforms are set up for unobstructed views of the penguins coming in at night - you can see (and hear) the penguins up close and personal. These tiny, rare penguins are the cutest I've ever seen! It's well run with knowledgeable, friendly...More

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OtagoPeninsulaTrust, Public Relations Manager at Blue Penguins Pukekura, responded to this reviewResponded 7 March 2017

Kia ora and thanks for taking the time to write a review. It's great that you were glad you did the Blue Penguins Pukekura tour twice and enjoyed it so much - we're so pleased you loved your time with us so much. As a...More

Reviewed 1 February 2017

On a brisk January night, we climbed down to the viewing platform adjacent to the Albatross Centre, hoping to get good looks at some little blue penguins. Approximately 150 came ashore in rafts ranging from perhaps a dozen to over fifty. Since some climb up...More

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OtagoPeninsulaTrust, Public Relations Manager at Blue Penguins Pukekura, responded to this reviewResponded 2 February 2017

Kia ora and thanks for taking the time to write a review. It's great 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...More

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Reviewed 11 January 2017 via mobile

We did this 'tour' (it's viewing from a platform) at late night 9.30pm with 2 young kids (3 yrs and 1 yr old). So they were both sleepy and out of their rhythm but worth it! About a hundred penguins coming on shore finding their...More

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OtagoPeninsulaTrust, Public Relations Manager at Blue Penguins Pukekura, responded to this reviewResponded 23 January 2017

Kia ora and thanks for taking the time to write a review. It's great 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...More

Reviewed 7 January 2017

Wow, what an experience! We flew down to Dunedin from Wellington just so we could see the penguins here, and we were not disappointed! Picked up by shuttle from the centre, our driver was great and stopped a few times on route for photo opportunities...More

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OtagoPeninsulaTrust, Public Relations Manager at Blue Penguins Pukekura, responded to this reviewResponded 23 January 2017

Kia ora and thanks for taking the time to write a review. It's great that you were glad you did the Blue Penguins Pukekura tour and enjoyed it so much. Thanks for your feedback and we shall talk to our guides about issues with hearing...More

Reviewed 1 January 2017 via mobile

I have been to Australia's Philip island penguin tour as well, I definitely think this one has a closer view to penguins. The penguins move in a patch and you can even see the penguins diving towards the shore and saw them coming up in...More

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OtagoPeninsulaTrust, Public Relations Manager at Blue Penguins Pukekura, responded to this reviewResponded 5 January 2017

Kia ora and thanks for taking the time to write a review. It's great 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...More

Reviewed 17 November 2016 via mobile

Went on a penguin tour with my children age 7 and 5. We saw dozens of begins come ashore in 3 large groups. We were able to easily see them from the viewing area and the guide was very informative. It was a late night...More

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OtagoPeninsulaTrust, Public Relations Manager at Blue Penguins Pukekura, responded to this reviewResponded 25 November 2016

Kia ora and thanks for taking the time to write a review. It's great that your family were glad you did the Blue Penguins Pukekura tour and enjoyed it so much - definitely worth a late night for children! Thanks for supporting us by taking...More

Reviewed 12 August 2016 via mobile

My partner and my daughter and i had come up from wellington to do a penguin tour which had been done by a old friend of mine , the maori was beautiful she spoke clearly and confident and helped us understand Alot more about the...More

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OtagoPeninsulaTrust, Public Relations Manager at Blue Penguins Pukekura, responded to this reviewResponded 22 August 2016

Kia ora and thanks for taking the time to write a review. Watching Korora 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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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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vicky_fung
20 February 2015|
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Response from June L |
Check out the tiki tours on the Royal Albatross Centre website that include transportation to and from Dunedin city. Cheers :)
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