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10.15am & 1.15pm daily – 2.5 hour duration
Penguin Place is now offering a complete wildlife and conservation experience on a two and a half hour guided nature trail. This is an exciting new experience incorporating the past, present and future of biodiversity in New Zealand and is available now!
Set on the McGrouther family farm is a sizeable patch of regenerating native forest. This piece of bush has some of the finest remaining examples of New Zealand native flora on the Otago Peninsula. Take a tour with one of our knowledgeable guides who will lead you through this rare and interesting world and explain what makes this habitat so important yet so fragile. On exiting the bush the landscape opens up and you will pass through a re-generating wetlands area, with young Kahikatea, Harakeke, Sedges and Waterfowl. From the wetlands we access the Yellow Eyed Penguin colony and are presented with the stark contrast of how New Zealand has changed since the arrival of humans. With only about 20% of our original forests and 10% of our wetlands remaining, the introduction of over 50 mammals and over 30,000 plant species it is clear that the restoration efforts undertaken by the McGrouther family at Penguin Place are vitally important. After negotiating the trench and hides system and viewing one of our last remaining Yellow Eyed Penguin nest sites you will have the opportunity to be part of the habitat restoration programme by planting your very own NZ native tree within the conservation area. An on-going care and maintenance plan will be carried out to ensure a successful future for these plants.
This conservation trail is a comfortable and leisurely walk, the tracks are well maintained and stairways, steps and bridges make negotiating the otherwise tricky terrain quite manageable.
For a limited time we are offering this 150 minute tour of exploration, discovery and engagement whilst maintaining the current pricing of a traditional 90 minute Penguin Tour. Bookings are essential.
Good walking shoes are essential and a moderate level of fitness is required.
Participants do so at their own risk.
From 10.15am – 6.45pm daily – 90 minute duration
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. We recommend our later tours (5.15pm onwards) as the best for penguin activity. 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.