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“see nature without harming it” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Blue Penguins Pukekura

Blue Penguins Pukekura
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Discover Korora, the Little Blue Penguin, the world's smallest penguin. Enjoy close up viewing of penguins returning from a day at sea within the Takiharuru Pilots Beach nature reserve at dusk. Watch from a purpose built observation deck as korora scurry up the beach to their cliff-face burrows. Viewing of the Little Blue Penguins is guaranteed and is an attraction not to be missed when visiting Dunedin, NZ's wildlife capital. Blue Penguins Pukekura is a joint venture between the Korako Karetai Trust and the Otago Peninsula Trust who agreed to establish an accord to manage the environmental, historical and amenity values of the area known as Takiharuru Pilots Beach at Pukekura Taiaroa Head. The korora little blue penguin tour is hosted by local guides who share their cultural history and welcome guests to their area, Takiharuru Pilots Beach, which is of historical and current significance to the descendants of Korako Karetai.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase, Activities for older children, Activities for young children, Wheelchair access
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“see nature without harming it”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 March 2013 via mobile

The location itself at the end of the Otago peninsula is a good enough reason to go on this guided watch of the blue penguins coming home to feed their young and roost for the night. Go before the stated time to watch the seabirds, particularly albatross, before dusk. It helps if you have a camera with a good long lens for the albatross and you must be able to turn the flash off if you want to picture the penguins. Very knowledgeable guides who are passionate about penguins! The whole thing is organised to protect the penguins natural environment whilst allowing us to witness the remarkable way they come ashore together at dusk. Video is a good way to remember this.

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“Wonderful experience, worthy cause.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2013

This is a must do for Dunedin visitors. Beautiful drive out to the peninsula, saw over 20 albatross flying while waiting for dusk to fall. Great informative and passionate guides, enjoyed the welcome and song at the beginning. Great viewing platform to watch the penguins from. We saw over 200 adorable penguins at very close range. All the ticket money goes back into a trust to preserve the penguins habitat. Very reasonable price, I feel that they could comfortably put the price up by 10-15 dollars and still be providing excellent value.

Visited January 2013
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