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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 on the Otago Peninsula. Viewing of the Little Blue Penguins is guaranteed and is an attraction not to be missed when visiting Dunedin, NZ's wildlife capital. The korora little blue penguin tour is hosted by local guides who share their knowledge on culture, history, botany and zoology of the area, an area which is of historical and significance to the descendants of Korako Karetai. Tours are currently running every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday evenings.
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Overview
See up to 200 blue penguins returning from sea in the evening. Extremely close viewing of these birds. Learn about the Maori history of this significant site. Tour includes a special "behind the scenes" look at the reserve and penguin habitat.

Photography is allowed (but no flash photography)
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Wen Qing wrote a review 8 May
Dunedin, New Zealand6 contributions
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This guided tour has everything: history — a wee intro to the place that the penguins call home; ecology — an up-close touch-and-see experience of the plants cultivated for conservation; and a whole lot of CUTENESS — penguins, penguins, penguins everywhere. A big thanks to Lyndon and Leon, not only for making the walk an engaging one, but also a safe one for my friend who was limited in mobility. Despite her condition, she got to enjoy the experience as much as the rest of the group that night — maybe even more. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts! 🥰
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Date of experience: April 2022
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Response from Lyndon7191, Manager at Blue Penguins Pukekura
Responded 1 week ago
Kia ora ! Look it was our pleasure taking you two with us. We love it when people clearly enjoy all of the subjects we talk about before and after the penguin experience !! Cheers Lyndon
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Emma A wrote a review 7 May
Dunedin, New Zealand4 contributions3 helpful votes
Beautiful experience, and we saw heaps of little penguins! They are so cute when they make their way just a few meters away from us to their little homes. Our tour guide taught us about the area, the Maori culture, plants and the penguins. I personally would have appreciated even further information about the penguins, their life cycle, food, predators and habitat range, reproduction etc, but the tour still keeps a high standard (included info about the penguins, I am just a bit nerdy and wanted even more) with a very passionate guides, that also gave us a little snack :) This is a tour and experience I highly recommend.
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Date of experience: April 2022
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Response from Lyndon7191, Manager at Blue Penguins Pukekura
Responded 1 week ago
Thanks Emma, we love it too when people enjoy soaking up the information, there's a lot to talk about and see ! Cheers Lyndon
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Dallas C wrote a review 7 May
Dunedin, New Zealand48 contributions17 helpful votes
We were a family group of 8 including 2 young children who went on this trip together.It exceeded my expectations ,the guide was very well informed and interesting.And then we saw penguins.Like really saw them,coming out of the sea,waddling past us on the viewing platform very close to us.Was an amazing trip,ideal for kids as it wasn’t too late for them.Great trip
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Response from Lyndon7191, Manager at Blue Penguins Pukekura
Responded 1 week ago
Kia ora Dallas, penguins do come so close to us, people are amazed at just how close and unfazed they are. Thank you for your review Cheers Lyndon
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Loren wrote a review 6 May
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Our family really enjoyed the tour. The penguins were super cute and we enjoyed learning about the land, wildlife and stars. The guides were friendly and informative and we would love to do this tour again sometime. Recomend for all ages, our children ages 7 and 4 loved it.
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Date of experience: May 2022
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Response from Lyndon7191, Manager at Blue Penguins Pukekura
Responded 1 week ago
Kia ora Loren and family. Awesome thanks for the review and coming out and experiencing nature at its best. See you again one day. Cheers Lyndon
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DiannaSparrowLee wrote a review 6 May
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Precious moments, such an incredible experience! Lyndon was a wonderful guide - so informative, resourcing us with all the knowledge of the area, the wildlife, robust native plants that have stood the test of time. The cutest little fellas I’ve ever seen the blue penguins at Pukekura. Loved the way he presented the informative evening, light hearted creating plenty laughs which provided a relaxed vibe so we could soak those cute penguins up with a bonus thredded milky way through the staylight sky. Can't wait to take my teens and share this heartwarming experience.
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Date of experience: March 2022
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Response from Lyndon7191, Manager at Blue Penguins Pukekura
Responded 1 week ago
Thanks Dianna for such a great review! Yes winter time is a great time to visit, penguins coming in earlier than they do in summer and so often we get clear nights to see the night sky. It all adds to a tour designed around penguins and other wildlife, history and botany. Cheers Lyndon
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