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Reviewed 2 December 2020

The Yellow-Eyed Penguin is an endangered species. Penguin Place is the world's only wildlife refuge fully funded by visitors. It is a conservation and restoration program. Injured and sick penguins are rehabilitated. In the summer season, tours run frequently each day from October to March. In the winter season, from April to September, one tour is held daily.

Date of experience: December 2020
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Lisa K, Front Office Manager at Penguin Place, responded to this reviewResponded 28 January 2021

Thank you for visiting and supporting our project here at Penguin Place.

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Reviewed 24 November 2020 via mobile

Spur of the moment visit, the 4.45 tour. Lucky enough to be the only ones on tour. Great guide, started with overview of these exceptional birds and what they are doing to help them survive. Visited the ‘hospital’ enclosure which provided a very close encounter with about 6 juveniles. Great photo opps!
A quick bus ride to ‘their’ beach and guided around through a series of ‘tunnels’ to various viewing spots. Managed to see 3 in the wild including 1 returning from the sea. Recommend++

Date of experience: November 2020
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Lisa K, Front Office Manager at Penguin Place, responded to this reviewResponded 28 January 2021

Thank you for visiting and supporting our project here at Penguin Place.
We are so glad you enjoyed it.

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Reviewed 12 November 2020

We were pleasantly surprised with this experience. We saw yellow-eyed penguins up close. Enjoyed the trip a lot and hope to visit again some day. Next time we would bring better binoculars with us!

Date of experience: December 2019
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Lisa K, Front Office Manager at Penguin Place, responded to this reviewResponded 28 January 2021

Thank you for visiting and supporting our project here at Penguin Place.

We are glad you enjoyed your experience with us.

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Reviewed 25 October 2020

Seeing penguins close by in their natural habitat was an extraordinary experience. The tour is lead by very knowledgeable staff, who are committed to the penguins wellbeing , reforestation and conservation.

Date of experience: October 2020
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Lisa K, Front Office Manager at Penguin Place, responded to this reviewResponded 28 January 2021

Thank you for visiting and supporting our project here at Penguin Place.

We are so glad it was a highlight on your trip.

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Reviewed 19 October 2020 via mobile

The three of us took a tour at Penguin Place recently. Friendly welcome from the front desk then a thorough briefing on conservation issues facing Yellow-eyed penguin. Then over the hill in a bus and a walk through covered trenches to view nest sites.

I enjoyed myself saw some penguins and some other wildlife. Recommended.

Date of experience: October 2020
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Lisa K, Front Office Manager at Penguin Place, responded to this reviewResponded 28 January 2021

Thank you for visiting and supporting our project here at Penguin Place.

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