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Penguin Place

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Tour - Penguin Place. Copyright Penguin Place.

The tour begins with a short talk outlining the issues Yellow Eyed penguins are facing, the life cycle and how the project is carried out. A short bus trip over the farm takes the small groups to the reserve. While in the reserve your guide will lead you on foot through a unique system of covered trenches into viewing hides. Allowing access to the living areas and breeding grounds of this shy penguin, which provides 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 meters will be covered.

Summer (October - March)
Tours begin 10:15am and run throughout the day until late afternoon.

Winter (April - September)
3:15pm onwards times vary slightly due to daylight hours and fishing conditions.


Penguin Place is a private conservation reserve dedicated in helping this endangered species survive. The project is entirely funded by the guided tours. This funding provides habitat restoration, predator control, a research programme and on-site rehabilitation care, for the sick, starving and wounded.