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Penguin Place, Dunedin

Categories: Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks
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4.3/5 based on 500+ reviews on the web
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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  • Wonderful ecological experience. Informative and an exciting "David Attenborough like" adventure. Penguin Place gave us a great insight into the precarious existence of the special birds. The team mak...  read more »
  • We wanted to see penguins in the wild and this place provided. We saw blue penguins, fur seals, and the rare yellow eyed penguin. And proceeds go to conservation efforts. Great experience. 
  • You must where good warm clothing as this is usually viewed after dark and the wind chill factor is minus. A great information centre with friendly guides and the walk down to the beach is steep. Watc...  read more »
  • 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
  • A very cool initiative: watch penguins up close from the trenches!!!
  • 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.
  • Fantastic network of hides that allows incredibly close access to the yellow-eyed penguins. Sadly, they are seriously threatened and it's an uphill battle to get the numbers up. The approach here focuses on habitat and pest control, which your entry fee helps to fund.
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