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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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Full-Day Wildlife Tour from Dunedin
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Dunedin and the Otago Peninsula Wildlife Tour

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What an amazing place to see penguins, seals and terrestrial birds! Penguins not profit.

We visited today and loved the whole experience. Natural habitat nature reserve for yellow eyed penguins in their own environment. As well as watching peguins come in from... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Wales
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We visited today and loved the whole experience. Natural habitat nature reserve for yellow eyed penguins in their own environment. As well as watching peguins come in from the sea, we saw chicks and were amazed at seeing the worlds rarest species. The penguin hospital is amazing and the staff are very knowledgeable, engaged and care. Please visit and support... More 

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Portland, Maine
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Due to the cost, and only a chance to see a few of the birds we chose to spend the money to see the Blue Penquins down the road. I would support this place also if we had the extra money

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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

It was an exciting view of the yellow eyed penguin in its natural habitat. The walk in the "tunnels" to get to the viewing areas was interesting and the walk to the top to see the fur seals playing and the ocean was spectacular. Need to be fit and fast to keep up.

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

We are so glad you enjoyed your experience here with us. Our guides do their best to get you the best viewing possible of the Penguins and sometimes it does involve moving a bit quicker because the penguins can move very fast surprisingly :). Thank you for visiting us and supporting our conservation efforts. More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We were able to view a penguin with chick, from a viewing trench. We saw another in the penguin recovery area, where they nurse sick penguins back to health. The staff are very friendly and give a very nice tour with commentary and try to help you view the penguins in their habitat unobtrusively.

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

We are so lucky to have our crucial nest site in the viewing area. The chick is continuing to grow and is doing very well. Thank you for visiting and supporting our project here at Penguin Place. More 

Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

... Almost everybody loves penguins ... here you can come quite near to them: You will take heeps of pictures as we did!

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

Thank you for visiting and supporting our project here at Penguin Place. Glad you took lots of pictures to take away with you as it is great to keep those memories. More 

Tucson
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This place knows penguins. They give you info on their penguins and then do a great job showing you them. In the evening they come back from fishing so you'll be more likely to see them waddling in. Even if you don't you'll see what the ones who stayed home are doing (like paddling around the pond). Highly recommend this... More 

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

We are so glad you enjoyed your experience here with us. We are lucky to have such great knowledgeable staff. Thank you for supporting our project here at Penguin Place. More 

Winnetka, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The number of penguins are getting fewer every year (a variety of factors outside of the control of Penguin Place). That said, on our visit (and we may have just been lucky), we saw a young penguin very close (it was right next to the blind), watched another hang out on the beach after emerging from the surf, and then... More 

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Wellesbourne Hastings, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We were booked on this trip by our tour operator and it was the best excursion we did. The initial presentation was most informative and gave an insight as to how the population of the yellow eyed penguin has fared and the reasons for this - mainly human. If it is true that there are fewer than 300 pairs remaining... 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. There are a rough estimate of 600 Yellow-eyed on the mainland however nest numbers are extremely low therefore we are so lucky to have Jim and Maggies nest in our viewing area. It sounds like you had some wonderful viewing on your tour. Thank you for supporting our... More 

Canberra, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

First the good part. This is apparently the only animal sanctuary in the world that is fully funded by tourism dollars. The infrastructure is first rate and stated goal of protecting and studying the endangered yellow eyed penguin would seem to be happening. Now for the less cool. The cost is $50 per adult for a one and a half... More 

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Thank Estaban57
penguinplace, Front Office Manager at Penguin Place, responded to this review

We thank you for visiting and supporting our project here at Penguin Place. I am unsure on the day you visited but on cruise ship days it is extremely tough in the time frames and numbers they give us. I do apologise that you did not get the time at our nesting site as we are so lucky to have... More 

Bay Area Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Yellow-eyed penguins are very sensitive and unlike some other penguins will not breed in captivity or even do well with transporting eggs. This private reserve manages mainland nesting locations used by a few yellow-eyed penguins as well as little blue penguins. There are also extensive seal pull-outs along the rocky beach. It is your best chance to see yellow-eyed penguins... 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. We are lucky to have a nest in view of one of our hides. Thank you for visiting and supporting our project. More 

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