The Yellow-eyed Penguin is one of the rarest and most endangered penguins in the world. Penguin Place is a private conservation reserve dedicated to helping this unique and beautiful penguin. As part of a tour, visitors are given the opportunity to experience the penguin in its natural habitat. The conservation work done at Penguin Place is helping to ensure the future of the Yellow-eyed Penguin. We are proud to offer an intimate NZ wildlife experience. Accommodation lodge available.
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.
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.
Please contact us for specific tour times. 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.
Family pass $115 (2 adults and up to 3 children)
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