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Penguin Place

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Address: 45 Pakihau Road | Otago Peninsula, Dunedin 9077, New Zealand
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+64 3-478 0286
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Penguin Place is a private conservation effort to help save the world's...

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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USD 128.92*
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Full-Day Wildlife Tour from Dunedin
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USD 139.24*
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Dunedin and the Otago Peninsula Wildlife Tour

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See the Penguins Rush Ashore

The tour started at 9:30pm and we walked down to the viewing platform, note:the best viewing is on the left side of the platform. The Penguins come ashore in "Rushes" to avoid... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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San Francisco, California
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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The tour started at 9:30pm and we walked down to the viewing platform, note:the best viewing is on the left side of the platform. The Penguins come ashore in "Rushes" to avoid being eaten by sea lions. There were three rushes the night we were there. They came ashore and climb up a path, along the left side of the... More 

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

What a truly lovely place to visit. If you're expecting to see huge numbers of Penguins like the one's you get Phillip Island in Melbourne then sadly you'll be disappointed...however, what you will get is an intimate viewing of some of the few remaining Yellow Eyed Penguins left on the planet. It's a relatively small set up, but don't let... More 

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Winchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Absolutely fantastic and a must do in Dunedin - remember to book! All proceeds from your ticket go straight to conservation of the endangered yellow eyed penguins. Tour starts with a mini lecture followed by a visit to the penguins hospital. Then it's a charming old minivan road through some spectacular scenery to the trenches where you can observe the... More 

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penguinplace, Front Office Manager at Penguin Place, responded to this review

We are so glad you enjoyed your experience here with us. We are very lucky to have such knowledgeable, caring staff. Thank you for visiting and supporting our project. More 

Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Penguin Place offers small group opportunities to view rare yellow-eyed penguins in the wild and in protected status while learning about their endangered status. Highly recommend.

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penguinplace, Front Office Manager at Penguin Place, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting and supporting our project here at Penguin Place. More 

High Wycombe, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I am in two minds about Penguin Place. It costs over NZ$50 per person to join a guided group that starts with a presentation, followed by a visit to a couple of pens containing mainly juvenile Yellow Eyed Penguins that are being looked after, then a visit to a secluded private beach where some are nesting/ living. I am an... More 

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penguinplace, General Manager at Penguin Place, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. Unfortunately the Yellow-eyed penguin is actively declining and you will never see large numbers of this species. I would have to disagree with your comment 'You could not get a clear photo of any of them. So hence the disappointment' It is wildlife and every tour is different all the photographs taken on our Instagram... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A great place, doing a great thing. It was highly informative and it felt like you were doing a good thing by just being there, as all money would help to preserve this rare and magnificent bird. Go and enjoy an experience you won't get anywhere else!

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We are glad you enjoyed your experience here at Penguin Place. Thank you for supporting our project. More 

Caloundra, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Our small tour group was led by the informative guide Megan. She was very knowledgeable and passionate about her job and saving the penguins. There is a bit of walking involved to see the penguins and seals but well worth the visit, both for the learnings and the scenery.

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penguinplace, Front Office Manager at Penguin Place, responded to this review

We are glad you enjoyed your experience here at Penguin Place. We are very lucky to have such knowledgeable, passionate staff. Thank you for supporting our project. More 

Burton upon Trent, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We combined this with a boat trip to see the albatrosses. After the boat trip we were taken in a coach to the site. given an informative talk. Shown two penguins in the hospital then taken on a coach to some hides where we could see another penguin. Sad news was that the number of yellow eyed penguins is reducing.

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Thank you for leaving a review and supporting our project here at Penguin Place. More 

Northern Virginia, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My husband and I had a wonderful tour in mid-December. We took the 5:45 tour, per their recommendation to take an evening tour. First they gave us a brief overview of penguins generally, the yellow-eyed penguin specifically, and the work the conservation does. It's clear that they care greatly about the work that they do. Then we got to see... More 

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penguinplace, Front Office Manager at Penguin Place, responded to this review

We are so glad you enjoyed your experience here at Penguin Place. It sounds like you had a great tour. Thank you for visiting and supporting our project. More 

Shenzhen, China
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This place is great for kids. We saw some penguins and the tour through the small tunnels was even in the rain great. Wear closed shoes for the mud :-) we booked the last trip of the day. We visited the penquin hospital as well.

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penguinplace, Front Office Manager at Penguin Place, responded to this review

We are so glad you enjoyed your experience here with us. Thank you for supporting our project. More 

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