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Blue Penguins Pukekura

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1260 Harrington Point Road, Dunedin, New Zealand
+64 3-478 0499
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Book early, wrap up warm and dry. Yes, you can get photos

Up to 90 people are signed up to see these darling birds waddle in from the continental shelf for... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Deborah R
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5 out of 5 just isn’t enough... magical!!!

Without a doubt, the unanimous highlight of our visit to Dunedin. We booked the tour with the... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
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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 3 days ago 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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Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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

Thank karenjG2649DT
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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 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

Thank WENDY A
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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

Thank Diana C
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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

Thank AWWTG
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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

Thank Stephanie C
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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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Reviewed 23 October 2017 via mobile

We went October 22nd and saw over 100 penguins!!! They come super close to the viewing platform and you can hear all their noises! You're out there for an hour and cannot stay longer, but you see plenty in that time. The staff were great...More

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OtagoPeninsulaTrust, Manager at Blue Penguins Pukekura, responded to this reviewResponded 2 November 2017

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

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Reviewed 8 October 2017

We really enjoyed the tour, good value for money and just fabulous seeing the penguins come in from their days adventure. The introduction at the albatross centre before we walked down was informative and fun, we then walked down to the wait for the penguins....More

Thank Limesemma
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OtagoPeninsulaTrust, Public Relations Manager at Blue Penguins Pukekura, responded to this reviewResponded 18 October 2017

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...More

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Reviewed 8 August 2017

A very exciting evening experience. After driving along the dark winding road along the peninsular you eventually reach the penguin and albatross centre. We had to wait for the tour, when we were led down to a viewing platform to await the little penguins. The...More

Thank ziazak
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OtagoPeninsulaTrust, Manager at Blue Penguins Pukekura, responded to this reviewResponded 9 August 2017

Kia ora and thanks for taking the time to write a review. It's fantastic that you joined 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 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

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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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