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Penguin Place

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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...more
45 Pakihau Road | Otago Peninsula, Dunedin 9077, New Zealand
+64 3-478 0286
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Reviewed 5 days ago

We came here on a cruise excursion, as part of the Otago Penguin and Dunedin Panorama Experience. It was a complete waste of our time. The owners of the Penguin Place advised us that the Penguins go to sea in the morning and return late...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank Natalie B
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

One really gets the sense of how special it is to be able to see the Yellow Eyed Penguin in the wild when one visits The Penguin Place. Part of a sheep farm lining the coast on the Otago peninsula has been protected and reforested,...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Penguin Place is a completely private endeavour that is one hundred percent supported by the tour fees. They have a Penguin hospital where they rehabilitate sick and injured penguins. During our visit they had two patients and we could get a close look at...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our tour group arrived at the Penguin Place on a rainy Sunday morning. Prior to treking out to see the penguins that were in rehab and then onto the bluffs to see chicks in the nesting boxes, our guide gave our group an informative talk...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank Alicia T
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

As advertised, a couple of hundred Little Blue penguins came ashore close to the viewing platform at dusk and went to their burrows. Reasonable cafe and shop.

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank NorthDevonJon
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Penguin Place is a wonderful place. There is a penguin hospital (which you can visit) and the main part of the tour is to the reserve itself. We had a great guide (Louie) who was very knowledgeable and friendly. And we were able to...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank CarolR1393
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

What a great experience to learn about the Yellow Eyed Penguin and to see them as they are being looked after by the hospital. Although we did not not see them on the beach we were fortunate to see one in hospital and one getting...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank Harold F
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Conservation place and hospital for various rare and endangered penguin soecied - great work totally funded by entrance fee. Great guide and learned a lot. Saw meeting pebuings but too early in afternoon to see returners. Go. Pay.

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I was lucky enough to get a solo tour of the Penguin Place with Paula. She was very passionate and knowledgeable about conservation and was a fab guide around the conservation site with good chat and travel advice. There were a few penguins in the...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank Kirsty R
Reviewed 9 November 2018 via mobile

Family run penguin hospital, conservation and environmentally friendly place. The people who run it are friendly, knowledgable and passionate about penguins. The yellow eye is rare and so few in number that the team are putting the habitat back to suit the penguins. Also saw...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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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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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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