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“great way to learn abt the yellow-eyed penguins!”
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Penguin Place
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Dunedin and the Otago Peninsula Wildlife Tour
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Dunedin City and Otago Peninsula Small-Group Tour
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Full-Day Wildlife Tour from Dunedin
Ranked #13 of 112 things to do in Dunedin
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed January 5, 2014 via mobile

Coming to Dunedin, I didnt expect that I would go on a tour to see yellow-eyed penguins. To be honest, I didnt even know the existence of these species before that.

Well, I'm glad I had gone for the tour. The money paid is absolutely worth it all. Knowing more about the yellow-eyes penguins and the causes for them being critically endangered through the introduction from the guide. We got to see 2 penguins at the penguin hospital recuperating as well.

Then, we took the bus out to the trenches where we were hidden from the penguins. We saw two adult yellow-eyed penguins right in front of the hole. It was so amazing. And we saw the fluffy little baby penguin sleeping in his nest. He is so adorable!

After the tour with yellow-eyed penguins, we headed out to the cliff side where we saw more wildlife - blue penguins taking naps in their boxes, young male fur seals full of testosterones eager to fight with one another and many seagulls.

All in all, it was a very educational tour. An exceptional amount of effort that has been put into running the place can be seen. Kudos to the team who is running the place and conducting tours. Every tour conducted means more people knowing abt the yellow-eyes penguins and in a way, contributing to the survival of the species.

I really learnt a lot about the yellow-eyed penguins through the short tour and I had enjoyed myself very much. Thanks Penguin Place for this rare opportunity to see the yellow-eyed penguins at such a close proximity (:

Thank flounder138
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penguinplace, Guest Relations Manager at Penguin Place, responded to this reviewResponded January 14, 2014

Wow, what a well written encounter! Thanks for supporting our project and for explaining what Penguin Place is all about. You have summed everything up very nicely.

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Reviewed January 3, 2014

It's a fairly boneshaking trip from the entrance to the actual nesting area, then a decent walk around to see the penguins. I felt that the time in the nesting area was very short, and in spite of promotional photographs showing people eyeing penguins, it was actually quite difficult to take a really good photo of a penguin, and there were very few other birds to be seen at all. Fortunately I did see plenty of Yellow-eyed Penguin in the wild later on, so the shortage of decent pics here didn't matter. However I won't be in a rush to make a return visit.

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penguinplace, Guest Relations Manager at Penguin Place, responded to this reviewResponded January 14, 2014

Thanks for visiting and for casting your thoughts. Of the over all 90 minute tour, about 60 minutes will be spent in the penguin colony, the other 30 mins is made up by a short, personal introduction and a bus ride over the farm (and back)
Our promotional photographs have been taken by a staff member whilst out on tours, please remember each tour is 100% different and a variety of things will be seen.

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Reviewed December 31, 2013

A lot of walking for these old bones only to spy on a few nesting penguins. None were moving. A bit disappointing.

Thank BakersSon
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penguinplace, Guest Relations Manager at Penguin Place, responded to this reviewResponded January 1, 2014

Due to the nature of this tour (a Nature tour) there is walking involved. The walking component covers about 900 metres over the hour we spend in the penguin colony. Being a nature and wildlife tour you can expect the wildlife to be sleeping at times, the time of year and the time of day you visit will influence the type of activity you can expect. Our tours are to view and experience Yellow Eyed Penguins in the wild, you can expect the wildlife to be behaving as they please and not every tour will encounter the incredible "close ups" or exciting "activity" we are often treated to due to our unique trenches and viewing hides.

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Reviewed December 23, 2013

Decent value for what we saw. We got student discount (10%). Take the tour at the latest time (6.15) for most animals to see. We saw approx 10-15 yellow-eyed penguins in total, close by and far away on the beach. Also a large group of fur seals and a few blue penguins. We could get as close as 2-3 m to the seals at the beach! All in all pretty amazing. The guide was nice and explained us some stuff. Definitely worth the 49 bucks!

1  Thank OlofJens
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penguinplace, Guest Relations Manager at Penguin Place, responded to this reviewResponded December 25, 2013

Glad you had such a good experience! 10-15 penguins is a strong turn out, very exciting! Thanks for your support and feedback!

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Reviewed December 21, 2013

To see these rare creatures in their natural habitat SO CLOSE, literally 4 feet away, was quite extraordinary. Full marks to the management for the great work they are doing.... I hope the government are helping them with a nice subsidy, because it is important we don't let these animals become extinct!

Thank Saint01051976
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penguinplace, Guest Relations Manager at Penguin Place, responded to this reviewResponded December 25, 2013

Wow! Sounds like you got a very fortunate close up on tour! Our unique covered trenches and viewing hides do allow for some spectacular viewing, thanks for the kind words - hopefully you can visit again some day.

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