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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
+64 3-478 0286
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Ainsley greeted us and it was clear from the start how passionate she was about this place and the penguins that was being nursed back to health. The hospital was a wonderful start to the tour. Great fun watching these lovely animals and got great...More

Thank John B
Reviewed 1 week ago

This breed of penguin doesn't live in social groups and on this site there aren't many about. You are guaranteed to see some in the hospital area. We were lucky to see 3 out in the wild as they were at the end of their...More

Thank Julie P
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you have some time on the Otago Peninsula then this isn’t a bad way to spend an hour or so. The guys at PP are doing wonderful work in the conservation of this rare penguin. Furthermore, they’re enthusiasm and knowledge is infectious, and without...More

Thank iancjone5
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is well organised place to see penguins in their natural habitat and far better than some other places in the area. However there is a major problem with returning from the viewing platform to the center and that is that part of the route...More

2  Thank LancashireDavid63
penguinplace, Manager at Penguin Place, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Kia ora, as we have no viewing platform here and do not remain in our reserve after dark, I do believe you are referring to the Blue Penguins Pukeura Experience run by the Royal Albatross Colony - not our Yellow Eyed Penguin Tour. Also, all...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Informative tour primarily about the endangered yellow eyed penguin, hoiho. The tour involves some walking. Take warm clothes. We saw yellow eyed and blue penguins, NZ fur seals and a sea lion. The guide was informative and answered our questions well.

Thank Louise P
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Even though you are unlikely to see wild penguins, you will see Yellow-eyed Penguins in the “hospital “, so please go and support this conservation initiative. You should see New Zealand fur seals and perhaps a sea lion, and our group caught a glimpse of...More

Thank William S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our guide was very enthusiastic and imparted lots of knowledge in a very friendly and easy to understand manner. We spent time in the rehabilitation centre where there are quite a few yellow eyed penguins - adults and juveniles - that we saw close up....More

Thank SusanParsons34
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We only saw one penguin, hidden behind a wall with lockers.. They make a lot of advertisements all over the place, but when you arrive there , there is nothing! We went there with an excursion from our cruise ship and paid 159,00 US dollar...More

Thank Marc M
penguinplace, Manager at Penguin Place, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your response. Our tours cost $54 per adult. Your cruise ship operator is responsible for the remainder of the 159USD that you have mentioned, which I believe is part of a half day excursion package to Dunedin City and the Otago Peninsula....More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Kudos to the owners for trying to save yellow penguins and preserving the land. You will enjoy your time here. Good tour guide

Thank eschindler
penguinplace, Manager at Penguin Place, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Kia ora! Appreciate the review, thank you.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We visited the penguin place to see yellow eyed penguins. Saw 1 juvenile emerge from the water. And several little blue chicks in the nests. Wonderful experience

Thank Maria V
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Cynthia C
20 February 2018|
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Response from coatesgirl | Reviewed this property |
Definitely not suitable for young children out on the farm.No fun for them and a bit dangerous too.
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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8 January 2015|
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