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Penguin Place

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Address: 45 Pakihau Road | Otago Peninsula, Dunedin 9077, New Zealand
Phone Number: +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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Dunedin and the Otago Peninsula Wildlife Tour

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Penguin-lover should not hesitate to come.

The Yellow-Eyed penguins are undoubtedly one of the rarest of their kind and not a chance might you be able to see them in this nature elsewhere. The tour started with a short... read more

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Chiang Mai, Thailand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The Yellow-Eyed penguins are undoubtedly one of the rarest of their kind and not a chance might you be able to see them in this nature elsewhere. The tour started with a short walk down to the bushy beach where the penguins' village was settled. The guide accompany you down in the semi-underground canopy which you can watch the freely-roaming... More 

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Lithuania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

An interesting day on the wild coast with lovely penguins and a lot of beautiful seals. Our guide was friendly and passionate about his work. We spend about an hour by walking from one place to another in order to see different penguins. A nice trip that brings good emotions.The money that you spend on the ticket goes to animal's... 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 so lucky to have such knowledgeable, passionate guides. Thank you for visiting and supporting our project. More 

Fremont, CA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We took the 11:45 tour recently ... and were very pleased to see the work these guys are putting in to take care of penguins that need some TLC ... We then took a bus ride to a viewing area ... walked though what looked like a slice of paradise ( this was Spring, so especially beautiful) ... saw some... 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. Thank you for visiting and supporting our project. More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Penguin Place is an entirely tourist-funded penguin reserve. You can be virtually certain of seeing a penguin, which is an amazing experience. You can see both the Little Blue Penguins and the endangered Yellow-Eyed Penguins, with a knowledgeable guide who will teach you a lot about the birds. Just an incredible experience.

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

Thank you for your lovely review. We are so glad you enjoyed your experience here with us. We are so lucky to have such knowledgeable, caring staff here at Penguin Place. Thank you for visiting and for contributing to our project. More 

Bristol, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We went on the 10am tour. Had a brief talk about the penguins. Saw a poor penguin in hospital followed by a bus ride, long walk, saw some seals, then saw the penguins nest. Saw a male from a distance and saw the penguins in their boxes (but just the eyes as can't go close for obvious reasons.) Was quite... More 

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

Thank you for leaving a review. It is a shame you found the tour boring about the Yellow-eyed penguin. However in our office here we do explain what you will see on the tour before you purchase your tickets. The comment 'not take people on tours when they aren't feeding' although this would be ideal it is not at all... More 

London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Before the tour everyone is given some history on the penguins from one of the passionate keepers (you can tell they love their job!) then it's off to the hospital to see two of the sick penguins currently, they have designed the entire place so that the penguins think your about 4inchs high and therefore are no threat to them... More 

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

Your tour sounds like it was incredible timing. Chick feeding is very special and we are so lucky to have a nest so close to our viewing hides. I am so glad you enjoyed your tour with us. We love our trenches they work extremely well. Thank you for your support of our project here at Penguin Place. More 

Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Brilliant tour of a yellow eyed penguin conservation area. We saw three penguins and a chick in the wild and one penguin in the penguin hospital there. Would thoroughly recommend it. Knowledgeable and passionate guides, and all your money goes into protecting future penguins. Easy walk, manageable for most people. Keep an eye out for the seals!

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

We are so glad you enjoyed your experience here with us. We are grateful to have such knowledgeable, passionate staff. Thank you so much for the support of our project. More 

Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I love what these guys are doing to help preserve the yellow eyed penguins. It is incredibly important work and they are clearly excited about it. However: yellow-eyed penguins are wild animals and they are "anti-social" so it is not likely that you will see many of them. Know that going in. After a brief explanation about the penguins and... More 

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

Thank you for leaving a review and I am glad you enjoyed your overall experience here at Penguin Place. The comment in regards to the Yellow-eyed penguin returning at dusk this is not the case. They return home at any time in the late afternoon generally individually this is what makes what you see very unpredictable. We are so lucky... More 

Adrogué
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

If you like a demanding, up and down, one hour walk, just to see a single blue eyed penguin, far from the sea and in an artificial nest, do go. Their conservation work may be meritorious, but the tour is no good.

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

I am sorry you found the walk demanding but there is 1 kilometre total of walking including 90 steps. We have the Yellow-eyed penguin on a nest currently I wouldn't call their nest artificial as the nest boxes were put in years ago when there wasn't enough natural bush because humans roughly a thousand years ago removed it all. The... More 

Jackson, Wyoming
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The Yellow eyed Penguin was something we really wanted to see. Interesting sanctuary for these birds. Unfortunately they are solitary birds which made them hard to see in nature. we did however, see one male and another female ,who was sitting on it's nest. You do a lot of walking through elaborate tunnels to get to the viewing blinds .... More 

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

Thank you for supporting our project here at Penguin Place. The hides and the trenches are a great way to move around and minimise disturbance. As the penguins move freely around the wild how close does depend on the day. Thank you for leaving a review. More 

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