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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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  • A rich and useful experience. When a species is endangered, what fun to see people at the service of nature. The price may seem a bit pricey but if we in our small way allow this species to survive, let's do it.
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  • Thoroughly enjoyed the visit. The guide, Ben, was very passionate and knowledgeable. We went on the evening tour, around half 5 to try and see the Penguins coming home for the day, but we found out th...  more »
  • This is an amazing facility and I am grateful as a resident on this planet that the people at Penguin Place have dedicated their lives to preserving this penguin population and for providing a protect...  more »
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  • This place is extraordinary! We booked the ultimate tour with beautiful and very informative bush walk, and then we saw some rare yellow eyed penguins really up close. They are magnificent! There's plenty of other birds around, little blue penguins sitting in their nests just beside your path and fur seals soaking up the sun on the rocks. At the end, each of us planted a tree. It's a private conservation project with penguin hospital on site and your fee helps to protect shrinking population of yellow eyed penguins.
  • nice walk to view lone penquin
  • Too expensive... Go to the albatross centre people
  • A bit dubious at first but totally loved the experience. Couldn't believe how close we were to the penguins or how beautiful the setting is. The trails and guides excellent. I recommend you take the latest tour you can--ours was 5:45 pm. Lots of penguins about and they are so cute. Your fee helps protect them.
  • A very cool initiative: watch penguins up close from the trenches!!!