Penguin Place, Dunedin

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Glimpse New Zealand's endangered yellow-eyed penguins up close at Penguin Place. The conservation reserve is dedicated to the survival of this endemic species and offers guided tours to fund their vital work. Your tour begins with a short talk about the penguins' life cycle, the threats they face to their survival, and how the reserve's conservation work is carried out. A bus then takes you to the penguins' living and breeding grounds, where visitors hide in trenches and quietly observe the penguins. From this inconspicuous position, you can watch the shy creatures interact without disturbing them. Bring your camera along but remember to turn on the silent function. Put Penguin Place and other Dunedin attractions into our Dunedin vacation generator, and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • August 11, 2017
    If you want to see yellow eyed penguins in their own habitat this is the place to go. To ensure the birds are not scared they have built a maze of trenches which gets the visitors to the best viewing ...  more »
  • August 11, 2017
    We visited Penguin Place this week and were blessed to see some yellow eyed penguins come ashore at dusk. We were also very lucky to see some blue penguin in their nests and some bachelor fur seals. O...  more »
  • August 3, 2017
    One of the highlights that I've done in Dunedin would be seeing a real yellow-eyed penguin. Adrian, our guide that day were really setting our expectations well that we will be lucky if we happen to s...  more »
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  • I really love what these folk are doing. The penguin hospital is lovely and you get to see the yellow-eyes from just a few metres away. Keep expectations low as to what you might see out on the beaches though. It's fun going into the tunnels to check them out regardless. Visiting here is a great way to support the effort to protect and research the yellow-eyed penguins. There are not many left in the world.
  • We took our two school aged children to the Penguin Place and boy was it educational! They got to see the yellow eyed penguin in it's natural habitat and the guides were very informative. We also go to see the little blue penguins in their nests, a bunch of sea lions and seagulls. You don't want to miss this experience going through the tunnels they made to see these amazing creatures. You can tell a lot of work and effort went into protecting them.
  • This place is great. It's wonderful to see how well they treat the penguins. The money you pay for your ticket is used to help even more off these cute animals. The guide was enthusiastic and could tell us great stories about these rare penguins! If you like penguins, you must go here!
  • More amazing than the chance to see penguins in their natural habitat was the chance to see a group of people who are doing so much to create a safe environment to protect an endangered animal. It is clear to see that a lot of hard work and love has gone into digging the network of trenches, so lucky tourists can get a look at these interesting birds. Thank you Penguin Place, you're doing a great job and I hope that the number of yellow-eyed penguins starts to increase soon. I'd certainly visit again.
  • Very thoughtful staff whose main aim is to look after the penguins, not the visitors! Thoroughly enjoyed the visit.

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