Please contact Penguin Place for specific tour times as these may vary. Bookings are essential.
An interpretive tour of our working conservation reserve. Tours begin with a short introduction outlining the issues Yellow Eyed Penguins are facing and how our conservation work is carried out. Then it is followed by a visit to our Rehabilitation facility if there are birds in care at the time you visit, a short bus ride then takes you to our reserve where you will continue on foot. Wild Yellow Eyed Penguins, or Hoiho, are often seen in our reserve but this is not gauranteed. Your guide will also point out other native wildlife and interesting flora along the way. Highlights can include plentiful native bird species, New Zealand fur seals, nesting or moulting blue penguins, beautiful native forest, regenerating wetlands.
In the winter months (April to September) we run one tour a day during these months at 3.45pm. This is the most inconsistent time of year for yellow eyed penguin viewing. Some evenings may see plenty of action, with a number of penguins returning from sea and interacting. They can be more tolerant of each other at this time as they are not breeding, and can use this “holiday season” to find a mate, therefore small gatherings can sometimes be seen on the beach. Other evenings, perhaps on a day where a lot of the penguins remain out at sea to carry on fishing, there may only be 1 or 2. It rarely happens that there are no penguins at all to see!
Adult - $55
Child - $16 (5yrs - 17yrs old)
Family Pass - $120 (2 Adults & up to 3 children)
Under 5 free
All participants need to be comfortable on their feet as we cover just under 2 kilometre of walking and there are 100 stairs involved.
Viewing of wildlife can change from day to day, please do not hesitate to contact us for an up to date information on what is likely to be seen in our reserve.
By joining one of our tours you are helping us save the rare and endangered Yellow Eyed Penguin, Hoiho.