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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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So cute! Got to see them so close.

Unique experience seeing a little under 200 blue penguins come up into their nests over a 1 hour... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Stephanie C
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ADORABLE!!!!

We went October 22nd and saw over 100 penguins!!! They come super close to the viewing platform and... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
thegypsyjourney
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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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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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1260 Harrington Point Road, Dunedin, New Zealand
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+64 3-478 0499

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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
OtagoPeninsulaTrust, Manager at Blue Penguins Pukekura, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

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

Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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

Thank thegypsyjourney
OtagoPeninsulaTrust, Manager at Blue Penguins Pukekura, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

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

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
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

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
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

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

Reviewed 19 March 2017

Can there possibly be anything cuter than a blue penguin, the smallest of the penguin family? This stop allowed us to watch them come on land, and flee into the brush. We had a great first hand view-and the guides were extremely knowledgable. The group...More

Thank sCHER12345
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. As a kaitiaki/guardian...More

Reviewed 9 March 2017 via mobile

After going to Penguin Place to see the Yellow Eyed Penguins, we were a bit disappointed as it wasn't a very natural environment. So we decided to stick around to see the Blue Penguins at the Albatross Center. So glad we did! You are taken...More

Thank minic00per
OtagoPeninsulaTrust, Public Relations Manager at Blue Penguins Pukekura, responded to this reviewResponded 17 March 2017

Kia ora and thanks for taking the time to write a review. It's great that you enjoyed your visit with us so much - we're so pleased you loved your time with us. Thank you for the feedback about your experience, we will certainly address...More

Reviewed 20 February 2017

Wonderful experience!! Viewing platforms are set up for unobstructed views of the penguins coming in at night - you can see (and hear) the penguins up close and personal. These tiny, rare penguins are the cutest I've ever seen! It's well run with knowledgeable, friendly...More

Thank 4EverTraveler66
OtagoPeninsulaTrust, Public Relations Manager at Blue Penguins Pukekura, responded to this reviewResponded 7 March 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 twice and enjoyed it so much - we're so pleased you loved your time with us so much. As a...More

Reviewed 1 February 2017

On a brisk January night, we climbed down to the viewing platform adjacent to the Albatross Centre, hoping to get good looks at some little blue penguins. Approximately 150 came ashore in rafts ranging from perhaps a dozen to over fifty. Since some climb up...More

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OtagoPeninsulaTrust, Public Relations Manager at Blue Penguins Pukekura, responded to this reviewResponded 2 February 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. As a kaitiaki/guardian of the headland we are primarily driven by the conservation of all...More

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Reviewed 11 January 2017 via mobile

We did this 'tour' (it's viewing from a platform) at late night 9.30pm with 2 young kids (3 yrs and 1 yr old). So they were both sleepy and out of their rhythm but worth it! About a hundred penguins coming on shore finding their...More

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OtagoPeninsulaTrust, Public Relations Manager at Blue Penguins Pukekura, responded to this reviewResponded 23 January 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. As a kaitiaki/guardian of the headland we are primarily driven by the conservation of all...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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