Timings : 10:15 AM - 6:15 PM
Penguin Place is a conservation reserve in South Island, New Zealand. Financed completely by guided tours and on-site lodges, this attraction is one of the best places to visit to see wildlife, especially the endangered yellow-eyed penguins. Located only 30 minutes from Dunedin, Penguin Place is one of the few private reserves in New Zealand that not only has a conservation project but also a rehabilitation centre.
Penguin Place started its conservation project over 34 years ago and includes a rehabilitation centre. What’s best about this place is the view when small penguins stumble on their feet while riding in on the surf in order to avoid the waves or the view of the covered trenches. Therefore, if you’re interested in conservation and wildlife, then Penguin Place should definitely be on your list.
Adult: NZD 5
Child: NZD 16 (5-17 years old)
Family pass: NZD 120 (2 adults and up to 3 children)
Entry for a child under the age of 5 is free
Per adult: NZD 35
Per child: NZD 15
Per linen: NZD 5
Peninsula Place is home to a number of native species such as New Zealand fur seals, blue penguins and other native bird species but mainly focuses on creating a breeding place for penguins: the yellow-eyed penguins to be specific.
This species is known as the Hoiho by the Maori community which refers to “noise-shouter”. They are the third-largest penguins in the world and weigh around 5-6 kgs. Even though their ideal life expectancy is around 20-25 years, they tend to only live for 12-15 years. Most of them live in Auckland Islands, South Island, Campbell and Stewart Island.
However, due to external threats such as climate change and other threatening species, Penguin Place is a private reserve that strives to preserve the yellow-eyed penguin from extinction.