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Blue Penguins Pukekura

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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...more
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1260 Harrington Point Road, Dunedin, New Zealand
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Reviewed 7 November 2018 via mobile

We did a tour with the Royal Albatross Centre a few nights ago on a beautifully clear and mild evening. The guides were very knowledgeable and gave us a full background to the reserve’s history and loads of interesting information about the penguins. Once it...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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OtagoPeninsulaTrust, Manager at Blue Penguins Pukekura, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

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 October 2018

If you can possibly go off season, do; or at least take advantage of any conditions that might put other people off, to be in a smaller group to view them. It makes no difference to the penguins. When we went on a cold winter...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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OtagoPeninsulaTrust, Manager at Blue Penguins Pukekura, responded to this reviewResponded 16 October 2018

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 12 September 2018 via mobile

Just been to see the little penguins come in. Here you can photograph (no flash) but you need a good camera as it's dark. Spent an hour watching 42 penguins come home. This colony is thriving and the record is 172 in January. It's well...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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OtagoPeninsulaTrust, Manager at Blue Penguins Pukekura, responded to this reviewResponded 20 September 2018

Kia ora and thanks for taking the time to write a review. Watching Kororā Little Blue Penguins raft through the sea and emerge onto the beach is a very special experience. There are about 500 living at the Pukekura colony, with over 200 nesting pairs...More

Reviewed 3 September 2018

If you have never seen Little Blue Penguins coming in to roost I would highly recommend this tour. There were about 25 penguins on the night we visited, which is not as many as others in Australia which we have seen, but the cost was...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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OtagoPeninsulaTrust, Manager at Blue Penguins Pukekura, responded to this reviewResponded 8 September 2018

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. Phillip Island in Australia is amazing with a huge number of penguins in their colony...More

Reviewed 3 September 2018 via mobile

This may not be for everyone. After all it's a long drive of 45min from the city on a difficult road. I suggest the coast route as it's wider but still very winding. Cost is $35. Totally worth it. You will see blue penguins. Quite...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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OtagoPeninsulaTrust, Manager at Blue Penguins Pukekura, responded to this reviewResponded 8 September 2018

Kia ora and thanks for taking the time to write a review. Watching Kororā Little Blue Penguins raft through the sea and emerge onto the beach is a very special experience isn't it! There are about 500 living at the Pukekura colony, with over 200...More

Reviewed 22 May 2018

We booked the tour to see the Little Blue Penguins at Pukekura and didn't regret at all! This was such a special excursion. You will see the penguins from very close. The moment that they all come out of the sea is a once in...More

Date of experience: May 2018
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OtagoPeninsulaTrust, Manager at Blue Penguins Pukekura, responded to this reviewResponded 2 June 2018

Kia ora and thanks for taking the time to write a review. It's fantastic that you did the Blue Penguins Pukekura tour and enjoyed it so much - we certainly appreciate your great feedback. As a kaitiaki/guardian of the headland we are primarily driven by...More

Reviewed 27 April 2018

Many of the penguin sites in NZ are only visited by penguins at certain times of the year, but this one seems to have them all year round (although a lot more in the nesting season!) You will see blue penguins (the smallest ones) swim...More

Date of experience: April 2018
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OtagoPeninsulaTrust, Manager at Blue Penguins Pukekura, responded to this reviewResponded 5 May 2018

Kia ora and thanks for taking the time to write a review. It's fantastic that you did the Blue Penguins Pukekura tour and enjoyed it so much - we are very lucky to have birds here all year round aren't we! Pukekura is a precious...More

Reviewed 11 April 2018 via mobile

After a short talk and instructions in the Albatross Center we headed out to the lookout. The deck is large and there are low level lights to enable us to see the penguins coming in from their day at sea. I never thought we would...More

Date of experience: March 2018
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OtagoPeninsulaTrust, Manager at Blue Penguins Pukekura, responded to this reviewResponded 19 April 2018

Kia ora and thanks for taking the time to write a review. It's fantastic that 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 the species that...More

Reviewed 2 April 2018

If you're even close to Dunedin, this is a must see experience. The tour guides are very informative. You are guided down the stairs to the viewing platform. I would dress warmly- bring layers. It gets cold when you're standing still for an hour. You...More

Date of experience: August 2017
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OtagoPeninsulaTrust, Manager at Blue Penguins Pukekura, responded to this reviewResponded 6 April 2018

Kia ora and thanks for taking the time to write a review. We are glad to hear the guided tour exceeded your expectations - watching Kororā Little Blue Penguins raft through the sea and emerge onto the beach is a very special experience. There are...More

Reviewed 30 March 2018 via mobile

So cute to see them come out the ocean and walk to their nests. The smallest penguins look blue because of their very dark wet color in the artificial light. It was a nice experience. We were told the previous night they had 50 penguins...More

Date of experience: March 2018
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OtagoPeninsulaTrust, Manager at Blue Penguins Pukekura, responded to this reviewResponded 6 April 2018

Kia ora and thanks for taking the time to write a review. The Blue Penguins are named so because even when they are dry and in natural light they are still blue. Watching Kororā Little Blue Penguins raft through the sea and emerge onto the...More

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LennyPeters
5 August 2018|
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Response from OtagoPeninsulaTrust | Property representative |
Kia ora This is a good month to view the little blue penguins - they've started breeding and we've just got the first egg. Make sure you book as some nights book out fast. Check out the website for the booking link All the... 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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