Penguins & Peninsula
PLEASE NOTE: This tour is only available from April til September (inclusive). For Yellow-eyed Penguin viewing outside of these months please book our Peninsula Perfection Tour.
untamedNZ tour company offers you the chance to see the world's most endangered penguin - the Yellow-eyed Penguin, along with beautiful views of the Otago Peninsula on this winter-only afternoon tour.
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Departing from the city we promptly head for the beautiful Otago Peninsula. Taking in views along the high road, learn about Dunedin's pioneers and early european settlers who arrived in the 1840's.
Winding our way down to the bays and inlets of the Otago Peninsula we will be keeping a close eye out for any wildlife spotted along the way.
If the wind is strong enough we will head to Taiaroa Head where we have the chance to spot Royal Albatross. With a 3.2m wingspan these majestic birds are impressive to view in-flight!
Finally, the pièce de résistance is viewing Yellow-eyed Penguins - the world's most endangered penguin living right here in beautiful Aotearoa, NZ. We visit a private conservation reserve to learn about the struggles these penguins are facing, what is being done to help them and we have the chance to see these wonderful creatures in their natural habitat. Marvellous photo opportunities abound here and we can take pleasure in knowing that our entrance fee is directly supporting the conservation of Yellow-eyed Penguins here in Otago and Southland. Please note: this component of the tour involves a gentle walk of approximately one and a half hours that does involve some stairs (both up and down).
May 2019 - Winter update: We are currently experiencing record low numbers of Yellow-eyed Penguins - an 86% decrease in the total population over the last two decades has been devastating. Viewing will be variable.
We are have just finished the moulting phase for Yellow-eyed Penguins and are into the winter foraging phase. During this time we aim to arrive at the reserve late afternoon to view a small number of Yellow-eyed Penguins returning from their daily fishing trip, waddling across the beach and then up to their territories on land. Patience is required at this time of the year. Little blue penguins and NZ fur seals are still a major and regular attraction in the wild.
We understand this is perhaps not the story you would like to hear of the Yellow-eyed Penguins - but it is the reality. This is a penguin whose prognosis is potential mainland extinction within the next 10-20 years! Your entrance fees to Penguin Place (included in the tour price) go directly towards the conservation of these wonderful creatures...you can help save the Yellow-eyed Penguin from extinction by joining us on tour! If you would like an update on the expected viewing before booking please email us.
Afternoon/Evening - 4.5 hours (approx.)
What is included:
- Transport (Hotel to Hotel, or iSite, Octagon, Dunedin)
- Mateo - your local guide offering expert commentary and keeping you comfortable all afternoon
- Entrance fee and guided tour at Penguin Place conservation reserve
What to bring:
- A warm, waterproof jacket
- A sunhat and sunscreen
- Your camera
- Comfortable walking shoes
- Money/Credit Card for gifts/souvenirs
Our promises to you:
- untamedNZ pride ourselves on small group touring - we guarantee you will have 10 or fewer people in your tour group.
Departure times from Dunedin City for this tour vary during the winter to ensure that we are at Penguin Place conservation reserve during prime viewing time and are as follows:
- October – N/A
- November – N/A
- December – N/A
- January – N/A
- February – N/A
- March – N/A
- April – 2.30pm
- May – 1.30pm
- June – 1.00pm
- July – 1.00pm
- August – 1.30pm
- September – 2.30pm
Please note: this is not a suitable shore excursion for cruise ship passengers due to the time of arrival back to Dunedin City.