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. Work out when and for how long to visit Penguin Place and other Dunedin attractions using our handy Dunedin day trip planning website .
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  • It is to see something special the rarest penguins in the world. Julia our guide was very knowledgeable and passionate about their work. She has correctly connected one with her heart's blood. We were lucky and were in the infirmary as well as penguins see thick-billed multiple yellow eyes. This breed usually not here in NZ, they have lost and are fed up. In addition, we have seen 1 Penguin dinner at landfall. Wonderful. I think I would have preferred the privacy even higher. You feel very insignificant if you get so close to this small, fragile and graceful little guys. It was unique and moving to have seen a world of 1800! $54 pP are more than fair. Thank you very much!! 'Re making something wonderful there!
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  • Price of admission appears first high but if you then experience how in this place for the Yellow-eyed penguins is engaged, then you do not regret it. Visit Penguin infirmary, the very informative lecture, the pleasant stroll through the area where we were able to observe some Penguin, has all that me liked very much. Finally, we could see some seals. All in all a worthwhile trip.
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  • There are so few places now to see Penguins in their natural habitat, this place is a must see for all nature lovers. The project is supported by the entrance fees a worthwhile cause. The staff are ve...  more »
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  • No other visitors when we were there so we had a bit of a private viewing. They have a trench style hide layout to see Yellow Eyed penguins. These are solitary birds so don't expect to see loads of them. We saw just two but it was still a great time. We also saw several little blue penguins in their nest boxes. And whilst we were there we saw fur seals and a sea lion on the cliffs. Finally we visited the recovery centre where we saw several types of penguins.
  • They are doing amazing work there and it's definitely worth a visit. Thanks for the great tour and giving us a bit of an insight into the world of the penguins. You can see blue penguins, seals, seagals and if you are really lucky a yellow eyed penguin. They will show you their hospital as well. Book a tour and support these guys!
  • An initial talk about Penguins especially yellow eyed, Hoiho, a visit to the hospital where you see Penguins up close. We saw Hoiho, Fiordland crested, & Little blue. Then a bus ride & walk through the trenches to see Penguins in the wild from a hide. Brilliant.
  • Only penguins you see are the ones being rehabilitated. Not sure how many have seen any penguins in wild. Seals can be seen in plentiful, but then it's not a Seal place.
  • Fabulous, with a very educated and confident tour guide, and is run by people with a real passion to protect our rare pigeons and other wildlife
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