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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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So amazingly cute!

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday 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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Bristol, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 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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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW 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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Thank RadnipUK
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 4 days ago NEW 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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Thank Siiobhan
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 NEW

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 

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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 

Leicester, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We came here to see , yellow eyed penguins, we didn't see any, this place says its run on purely funding from the visitors entrance fee, they also advertise it as the Penguin place??? There are no penguins, as there has been a massive decline in numbers, sadly, over the years, so, why are they selling this attraction as The... More 

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

Thank you for leaving a review. However I am very confused to what you are saying. We are very lucky to have a nest in view in our reserve with an adult home that has one chick which is currently 18 days old that is always view-able. Here at Penguin Place is the only place in the world where you... More 

Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The weather was absolutely awful but Caitlin made our visit fell very special. We mamaged to see a number of the (very solitary) Yellow eyed Penguins at quite close quarters. the 90 minute guided tour got rather stretched. For my wife who is very keen on penguins was absolutekt delighted to see these birds for the first time despite getting... More 

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

Thank you so much for supporting our project here at Penguin Place. I am glad you enjoyed your tour with Caitlin she is one of our great guides here. We are glad you enjoyed your experience despite the horrible weather. More 

Milton
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Up close and personal with Penguins. Rare chance to visit and experience endangered yellow eyed Penguins and blue fairy Penguins. See them in their nests with family, eggs or a rare hatchling. This private (tour supported) sanctuary could be one of your last chances to see these special penguins. Some walking required and you must be super quiet in the... More 

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penguinplace, General Manager at Penguin Place, responded to this review

We are so glad you enjoyed your experience here at Penguin Place. Thank you for supporting our project and for the great review. More 

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