New Zealand

Penguin Place

Location:Dunedin & Coastal Otago

Penguin Place is a private conservation reserve dedicated to helping the endangered Yellow Eyed Penguin survive. This conservation project is entirely funded by guided tours of the reserve. This funding provides habitat restoration, predator control, a research programme and on-site rehabilitation care for penguins that are sick, starving or wounded.

The penguin tour begins with a short talk outlining the issues Yellow Eyed Penguins are facing, their lifecycle and how the Penguin Place conservation project is carried out. A short bus trip over the farm takes small groups to the reserve. While in the reserve, your guide will lead you on foot through a unique system of covered trenches and into viewing hides. These hides allow access to the living areas and breeding grounds of this shy penguin, providing the opportunity to witness and photograph undisturbed activity at close range.

Participants need to be comfortable on their feet as it is a walking tour. Over the hour, a maximum of 900 metres will be covered.

Opening hours

  • Summer (October – March) - Tours begin at 10.15am and run throughout the day until late afternoon.
  • Winter (April – September) - Tours from 3.15pm onwards, times vary slightly due to shorter daylight hours and variable fishing conditions.

On any one of our tours, you are guaranteed to see penguins and in doing so you are helping in the survival of this endangered species.

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