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Penguin Place

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45 Pakihau Road | Otago Peninsula, Dunedin 9077, New Zealand
+64 3-478 0286
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Penguin Place is a private conservation effort to help save the world's most endangered penguin, the Yellow Eyed Penguin. Visitors are taken on guided walking tours through a unique system of trenches and hides to view the penguins undisturbed at close range. Penguin Place is funded 100% by the support of our visitors, this funding enables habitat restoration, predator control, a research programme and on-site rehabilitation for sick, starving and wounded penguins. It is our hope that through our efforts, the future of this rare and wonderful penguin will be assured.
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45 Pakihau Road | Otago Peninsula, Dunedin 9077, New Zealand
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Reviewed 1 week ago

What a wonderful place! I took my children here 16 years ago and was returning now as part of a 21st birthday visit with the same two and a girlfriend. The crew are very realistic about the sad demise of numbers in the last 16...More

Thank GillyONZ
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We arrived in the Otago Peninsula in the winter season, and didn't know quite what to expect on the Penguin Place Tour, but were very happily surprised by the quality of the tour and the chance to witness these majestic creatures in their natural habitat....More

Thank Christopher S
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Visited on a fairly cold day in July. Very knowledgeable and friendly staff. We saw 3 Little Blue Penguins and were very lucky to see 5 Yellow Eyed Penguins. They came within 20 yards of our hidden watching post. We also saw several seals as...More

Thank Ed92128
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Louie was awesome. Little shy at the beginning of the tour but opened up more as the trip went on. Don’t expect anything super polished but lots of good information. Spend your money here as it helps to save an endangered animal. Buses r relics...More

Thank Drew A
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

So amazing to see and learn about the amazing creatures that live in the unique part of the world. We saw fur seals, blue penguins, various sea birds and the very special yellow eyed penguin. It was interesting to learn about how Penguin Place are...More

Thank neigewhite
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We learned a lot about penguins & were very impressed with the care the staff (volunteers?) had taken to make it both an educational and engaging tour. We got to see 2 penguins straightaway who were being reabilitated in their "hospital". then we got on...More

Thank Becky B
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I think Penguin Place is amazing. Their work is absolutely appreciated to safe the endangered species of yellow eyed penguins. I am lucky someone cares for these special animals. It would be a shame for the world if the Yellow Eyed Penguin was extinct. My...More

Thank MiriamSpengler
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Reviewed 10 July 2018

Whilst in New Zealand, we were determined to see penguins in the wild. Penguin place looks after at risk penguin species but also has covered walkways to hides on the beach where you can see the wild penguins walking ashore after hunting for food for...More

Thank Pat W
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Reviewed 28 June 2018 via mobile

Visited the Penguin Place to experience seeing the Yelloweyed penguin in its habitat. The walk to the hides was interesting and well worth it to see the penguins. The guides were very knowledgeable and passionate about the penguins and the conservation efforts to preserve their...More

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Reviewed 6 June 2018 via mobile

Very impressive what Penguin Place has achieved as the first fully tourism funded conservation project! After a great introduction from the tour guide and his advise that we might be lucky of we see one penguin, really lucky if we see and really really lucky...More

Thank BinaNZ
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penguinplace, Front Office Manager at Penguin Place, responded to this reviewResponded 7 June 2018

Thank you for visiting us and supporting our project here at Penguin Place. We are glad you enjoyed your experience here with us.

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Cynthia C
20 February 2018|
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Response from Maria V | Reviewed this property |
Not suitable for taking pranks. The path is not even and the tour moves at a brisk pace. Recommend the blue penguins tour instead
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craig r
22 June 2016|
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Response from ChristianSuiMex | Reviewed this property |
Hi, we went with Monarch Cruise from Dunedin port at 13h. They didn't pick up at Port Chalmers when we where there but you maybe can ask them. We paid aprox 260 nzd for our family of 2 adults and 2 little boys. Tip: we had a... More
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GreenQueenColleen
8 January 2015|
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Response from penguinplace | Property representative |
Our first tour is 10.15 am. At this time of year both this and the 1.15pm tour are likely to be similar. For bookings and enquiries contact us via our website. Thanks
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