Penguin Place

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Antony Wilson

Netherlands

Ranking: 10/10

We joined the last trip of the day and were lucky enough to see six Yellow-eyed Penguins coming out of the sea to return to their nests.
The walk to the hides is about one km long and there are quite a few steps. However, seeing the penguins made it worthwhile.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Lars Grosse

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Great passionate tour, you start in the rehabilitation centre where actually great work on Yellow Eyed Penguins is done. Then they take you out on the premises to see the penguins in their natural habitat.

Reviewed over 1 year ago and experienced in March 2017

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Harald Ludtke

Germany

Ranking: 4/10

Very few to see for a lot of money.

Reviewed over 1 year ago and experienced in March 2017

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Dorothy and Graham Glen

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Small, informative tourist funded charity. Beautiful land with knowledgeable guides who explain the huge efforts to protect the Yellow Eyed Penguins. Also get impressively close to the fur seals. Very quiet in October, may be busy in Summer.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Elke Paul

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

We went to see the Little Blue Penguins returning late in the evening. First, we got a lot of interesting information, then proceeded down to the beach afterwards. It was amazing to see these little fellas arriving and stumbling up the beach! Bring a jacket, it is pretty windy!

Reviewed about 2 years ago and experienced in January 2017

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Rob and Nicole

Netherlands

Ranking: 8/10

Very interesting tour, passionate and committed people. Lots of background information on the penguins. Good network of camouflaged ditches to view the penguins from.

Reviewed about 2 years ago and experienced in February 2017

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Chloe

France

Ranking: 5/10

We only saw three penguins!! Not enough for $52!

Reviewed about 3 years ago and experienced in January 2016

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Corinna Fallenbuchel

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

You get to see a reservation for Penguins. Wandering around in a tunnel, we saw sea lions, penguins feeding their fluffy kids and we got told anything about penguins that you would want to know.

Reviewed over 4 years ago and experienced in December 2014

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Andrea Hiemer

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

We visited the Yellow Eyed Penguins on Otago near Otakou, it was very interesting and sweet to see the penguins and learn how they live.

Reviewed about 5 years ago and experienced in January 2014

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Ene Pold

Estonia

Ranking: 9/10

One very good tour. The penguin rescue hospital gives a great opportunity to see the penguins up close.

Reviewed about 5 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Richard

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Brilliant. Great guide and an amazing way to visit yellow eyed penguins, blue penguins and some seals.
We were a small group in the winter, but hugely enjoyed the experience and particularly the local knowledge that came with it.
High recommended and a great cause to support.

Reviewed about 5 years ago

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Julie Robinson

United States

Ranking: 10/10

Very educational, loved getting to be right in the habitat without disturbing them.

Reviewed about 5 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Claudia

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Friendly staff, what we paid was perfect for what we got.

Reviewed about 5 years ago and experienced in December 2013

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Jill Fischer

United States

Ranking: 9/10

Lots of information provided and extensive network of blinds and tunnels allows for viewing wild penguins without disturbing them. I appreciate the work they are doing with habitat restoration and in the hospital raising the many chicks orphaned this year. Happy to support these efforts with some good words and the admission paid.

Reviewed over 6 years ago

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Jim and JoAnn Harllee

United States

Ranking: 8/10

Penguins were great! Downside was french guide, hard to understand and discussed inappropriate subjects for a family walk.

Reviewed over 6 years ago

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Bert Opdam

Netherlands

Ranking: 9/10

Nice animals.

Reviewed almost 7 years ago and experienced in February 2011

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Domroes

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

A wonderful tour, 49 dollars, but worth it.

Reviewed almost 7 years ago and experienced in February 2012

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Brasier

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

Well explained and interesting tour.

Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in February 2012

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Melanie Mathiak

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Great tour! Briefing and guide excellent, very interesting and beautiful landscape. Have seen many penguins close also some seals!! You get a lot for the price of $49PP. Best tour is the last one in the evening!!

Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in February 2012

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Carel

Netherlands

Ranking: 8/10

Very nice to see the young penguins on the nest and penguins coming out of the sea.

Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in February 2012

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JBunn

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

We had an excellent tour, seeing 5 penguins on the beach, great views of a lone juvenile, young which had been fed, a baby being fed, and an adult swimming on the small lake. The "baby" which was fully-grown was sticking it's head inside the hide! We had a great tour and would recommend this to any bird-watcher. The time of day was 6pm which apparently is a good time for viewing.

Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in January 2012

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Herbert

Austria

Ranking: 10/10

Penguins treated very respectfully, friendly staff, we have seen a lot of animals (penguins, fur seals).

Reviewed over 7 years ago

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Helle Thomsen

Denmark

Ranking: 10/10

The owner does a great job with her penguin preservation and shows great passion for what she does.

Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in November 2011

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Dorthe

Denmark

Ranking: 2/10

We did not see anything - oh yes fur seals.

Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in November 2011

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Marcel Camsch

Switzerland

Ranking: 9/10

Yellow eyed penguins close up.

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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Henrick Lund

Sweden

Ranking: 8/10

Good guided tour, much of penguin to see. Learn a lot of the penguins life.

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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LandJ

United Kingdom

Ranking: 6/10

We arrived on the Otago Peninsular believing that it must be possible to see penguins in the wild without spending large entrance fees, but that is not made easy.

Having said that, the tour was interesting and informative and they do a great job supporting the penguins but overall we did feel exploited.

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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Marieke and Bert-Jan

Netherlands

Ranking: 9/10

Tour starts with some information about the penguins, then bus to the penguin beach, walking through camoflaged walkways. Very close encounters of penguins!!. Really a fun activity.

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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Jackie Morris

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

Well thought out, informative - opportunity to view wild life in natural setting. Well organised and worth doing.

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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Marcus Kippner

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Great tour, helpful guide, great landscape.

Reviewed almost 9 years ago and experienced in March 2010

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Montys

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Fantastic experience, great set up and the kids loved it to!! Great guide and they have a really good set up.

Reviewed almost 9 years ago

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Marcia & Bruce

United States

Ranking: 8/10

Privately run by family - saw yellow-eyed penguins - money goes towards their penguin hospital & recovery program.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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E.M. Prideaux

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Well organised, informative and enjoyable.

Reviewed over 9 years ago and experienced in January 2010

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Harmann Volker

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

Very interesting guide.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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John Helle

Denmark

Ranking: 7/10

Missing link for booking on webpage and very difficult to get the correct address to drive to.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Jennifer Templeton

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

Despite poor weather conditions persistance of guide made experience unforgettable. Hide positions excellent and would put Twizel to shame!! Lots of pengins and young seen.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Decuq

New Caledonia

Ranking: 8/10

Nice place and very good explanation

Reviewed over 9 years ago and experienced in November 2009

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Jessica

Sweden

Ranking: 7/10

Nice tour. Very bad weather but still nice experience. Really good, informative guide. Got to see a sea lion which was a nice bonus.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Chidlebyte

Canada

Ranking: 10/10

Very enthusiastic guide. They really care about these penguins. Was very happy a large portion of the tour price goes towards the conservation area. Will recommend!

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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sels

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

Excellent. Very knowledgeable guide. Genuine conservation in action. Beautiful location which makes for an enjoyable walk as well as the chance to see penguins in the wild. Reasonably expensive but the money is going somewhere worthwhile. Highly recommended.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Suzanne

United States

Ranking: 9/10

We were lucky to see several penguins up close and one coming in from the ocean very far away. I was a little disappointed that we didn't see more penguins though. It was one of my highlights on my trip to New Zealand and was one of the few reasonalbly priced activities that we did in New Zealand.
We stayed at the hostel on the property which was clean, comfortable and had incredible views from the patio.

Reviewed almost 10 years ago

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Thomas1646

France

Ranking: 10/10

Nice people took a lot of time explaining about penguins.

Reviewed almost 10 years ago and experienced in March 2009

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Frank

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Very nice tour, very close to the animals.

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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Max

Switzerland

Ranking: 10/10

They give good opportunities to watch wildlife. Very enthusiastic people, they care for nature.

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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Jana

United States

Ranking: 10/10

On the otago peninsula - by dunedin.

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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Anton

Germany

Ranking: 4/10

Let down. $127 for 4 people and just some ill penguin babies in a shelter. Found 3 sleeping penguin babies in the dunes / no adults.

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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Claudia

Switzerland

Ranking: 9/10

Very good guide and a close view of the penguins.

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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Christian

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

Doing a good job. If they knocked $10 off the price then it would be fine.

Reviewed over 11 years ago

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Maria Fahlander

Sweden

Ranking: 10/10

Really good tour. Fun guides, and we got really close to the penguins.

Reviewed over 11 years ago

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Sanne

Denmark

Ranking: 8/10

We got the impression that they were helping a lot and were very fond of the penguins.

Reviewed over 11 years ago

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Volders

Belgium

Ranking: 9/10

Second time there. Better than seven years ago!

Reviewed over 11 years ago

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Tessa McCormick

England

Ranking: 9/10

We walked through tunnels with the guide who was very informative.

Reviewed over 11 years ago

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Gabriel Faber

United States

Ranking: 9/10

Really good, went on the last tour of the day - great!

Reviewed over 11 years ago

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Michaela

Italy

Ranking: 10/10

Recommend it.

Reviewed about 12 years ago and experienced in March 2007

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Berke

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Not too much talking but good info when it came. Saw penguins and seals. Get very close to penguins. Good guide. Very personal. Nothing better.

Reviewed about 12 years ago and experienced in February 2007

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Rolf Kruger

Netherlands

Ranking: 8/10

Beautiful scenery, alas hardly any penguins.

Reviewed almost 12 years ago and experienced in February 2007