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Penguin Place

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45 Pakihau Road | Otago Peninsula, Dunedin 9077, New Zealand
+64 3-478 0286
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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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45 Pakihau Road | Otago Peninsula, Dunedin 9077, New Zealand
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1 - 10 of 572 reviews

Reviewed 1 week ago

I am sure this place does a really good job in the conservation of endangered penguins. I also appreciate that they are wild animals and subject to their own timetable and agenda but this is monitored. I feel that to pay over $100 to see...More

2  Thank Jenny W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Such a beautiful place and such beautiful penguins. The conservation of this penguin colony relies on this place. And they are completely tourism funded. So visit. You won't be disappointed.

Thank Wade B
Reviewed 11 August 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 hides without upsetting the penguins....More

Thank m03atkinson
penguinplace, Front Office Manager at Penguin Place, responded to this reviewResponded 13 August 2017

Thank you visiting and supporting our project here at Penguin Place. We are so glad you enjoyed your experience.

Reviewed 11 August 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. Our guide Adrian was great and had a...More

1  Thank southernronnie
penguinplace, General Manager at Penguin Place, responded to this reviewResponded 13 August 2017

We are so glad you enjoyed your experience here with us. Thank you for supporting our project here at Penguin Place.

Reviewed 3 August 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 see one penguin. I lowered down my expectation but...More

Thank jcbnavarra
penguinplace, Front Office Manager at Penguin Place, responded to this reviewResponded 8 August 2017

We are so glad you enjoyed your experience here with us! Adrian is one of our knowledgeable, experienced guides and always does an incredible job with our visitors. Thank you for the support of our project.

Reviewed 26 July 2017

This was amazing! I spotted our gal, "Tilly" (AKA Todd's girlfriend), making her way inland. Our guide, Caitlin, was the absolute best. She provided us with great facts about the penguins, the hospital, and told us the love story of Todd and Tilly. We really...More

Thank M C
penguinplace, Front Office Manager at Penguin Place, responded to this reviewResponded 8 August 2017

We are so glad you enjoyed your visit to us! Thank you for supporting our project here at Penguin Place.

Reviewed 19 July 2017 via mobile

Penguin Place started as the result of a farming family seeing the effects of their livelihood on the native birds. The owner began restoring the land where the penguins nest by planting native trees and shrubs. He then built hides throughout so that visitors can...More

1  Thank kidsalongtraveler
penguinplace, General Manager at Penguin Place, responded to this reviewResponded 26 July 2017

We are so glad you enjoyed your experience here with us. Thank you for supporting our project here at Penguin Place.

Reviewed 16 July 2017

Such a cool opportunity to spot these rare penguins! All revenue from visitors goes towards conservation. We were lucky enough to spot 3 Penguins.

Thank Jessica L
penguinplace, General Manager at Penguin Place, responded to this reviewResponded 19 July 2017

Thank you for visiting and supporting our project here at Penguin Place. We are so glad you enjoyed the experience.

Reviewed 8 July 2017 via mobile

Good afternoon out with the kids in our NZ holiday. The bus ride and walk through the tunnels and trenches to hide from the penguins is worth it even if you don't see many penguins. We started off at the penguin hospital and saw some...More

Thank DanMarlee
penguinplace, Front Office Manager at Penguin Place, responded to this reviewResponded 9 July 2017

We are so glad you enjoyed your visit with us. Thank you for supporting our project here at Penguin Place.

Reviewed 1 July 2017

I have done this tour a few times and every time the tour is slightly different, this is the great thing about wildlife. Each time the staff have been highly friendly and informative. It would be nice to see the penguins in their natural habitat...More

Thank Kelsey P
penguinplace, Front Office Manager at Penguin Place, responded to this reviewResponded 2 July 2017

We thank you for your continued support of our project.

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craig r
21 June 2016|
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Response from ChristianSuiMex | Reviewed this property |
Hi, we went with Monarch Cruise from Dunedin port at 13h. They didn't pick up at Port Chalmers when we where there but you maybe can ask them. We paid aprox 260 nzd for our family of 2 adults and 2 little boys. Tip: we had a... More
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GreenQueenColleen
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Response from penguinplace | Property representative |
Our first tour is 10.15 am. At this time of year both this and the 1.15pm tour are likely to be similar. For bookings and enquiries contact us via our website. Thanks
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