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 90 minute tour, a maximum of 900 metres will be covered.
Penguin viewing is guaranteed on all tours.
At the moment we run one tour a day 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. 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!
Viewing of wildlife can change from day to day, please do not hesitate to contact us for up to date information on what is likely to be seen in our reserve. In joining one of our tours you are helping in the survival of this endangered species.
Summer Months (October-March)
Tours running from 10.15am – 6.15pm daily – 90 minute duration
Winter Months (April-September)
One tour running daily at 3.45pm – 90 minute duration