Penguin Place, Dunedin

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#5 of 29 in Parks in Dunedin
Wildlife Area · Nature / Park
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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. Work out when and for how long to visit Penguin Place and other Dunedin attractions using our handy Dunedin day trip planning website.
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  • This was a very special part of Dunedin for us as we love penguins, and Hoiho, or yellow eyeed penguines are only found in a small area of the Otago coast near Dunedin. We were lucky as there weren't....  more
    This was a very special part of Dunedin for us as we love penguins, and Hoiho, or yellow eyeed penguines are only found in a small area of the Otago coast near Dunedin. We were lucky as there weren't....  more »
  • Maia the kaitiaki/guide was a wealth of knowledge and passion for ecology and this experience. We were lucky to see the release of two penguins after they had spent time recovering at the centre,a... 
    Maia the kaitiaki/guide was a wealth of knowledge and passion for ecology and this experience. We were lucky to see the release of two penguins after they had spent time recovering at the centre,a...  more »
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  • Definitely worth a visit. These guys are doing an amazing job. It's a fun, interesting and educational trip supporting a really good cause ❤️
  • The rehabilitation program is an essential part, as they help the penguins back to health before releasing back into the wild. Once on the walk we saw penguins in their natural habitat, it was so awesome, even my 80year old mother was able to enjoy it

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