Dunedin & The Otago Peninsula

Guided Evening Penguin Viewing Otago Peninsula, Dunedin, New Zealand

Badge of ExcellenceHarington Point, New Zealand
Blue Penguins Pukekura

From US$29.84

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Time your visit to the Otago Peninsula so you can see hundreds of little blue penguins returning home to roost after a day at sea. The 90-minute evening tour begins with a walk through the penguin reserve, where you’ll learn about the penguins and their environment. Then, watch them waddle up the beach from your hidden spot. This is a must-do tour for nature and bird enthusiasts.
  • Photography is allowed (without flash)
  • Look out for other wildlife, such as fur seals, sea lions, and albatross
  • Learn more from an expert biologist/conservationist guide
  • See penguins up close without disturbing them

What's Included

  • All Fees and Taxes
  • No transport provided, guests need to drive themselves to our reserve

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Blue Penguins Pukekura
    1245 Harington Point Road, Harington Point 9077, New Zealand

    For this option you need to self-drive to the end of the Otago Peninsula. There is plenty of parking. Meet your Blue Penguin Pukekura guides and start your tour inside the albatross centre at Taiaroa Head at the end of the Otago Peninsula.

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour option is for those with their own transport to get to our location. If you do not have a car then book our other tour option that has transport
  • Tour involves a 100m walk along a boardwalk that has over 30 inbuilt steps along it
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 75 travelers
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Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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What a delight. The guides were excellent and the penguins were adorable. Highly recommended for all ages.


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Rrrrrgggrrrruuuurrrrggggcccc - apparently penguin for hello
Andre_T, Sept 2023
Penguins are so cute. I had to buy a stuffed one as a momento of our visit. The fact that it was howling a gale only made the experience more special.
Great experience with conservation in mind
SanSan_L, Aug 2023
The whole experience and the conservation effort was amazing… kudos to the establishment who start this effort and allow public to have the intimate experience
Amazing experience
Vincent_R, Aug 2023
Listening to the penguins as they shuffled up the beach. Seeing them tumble over each other was cute. I would highly recommend this to everyone
Kristen_S, Jun 2023
Overall fantastic experience! Our guides were excellent and the penguins were absolutely amazing to watch coming out of the water. An added bonus was seeing a sea lion on the beach. Highly recommend this adventure!
Such an amazing...
Rog_W, Jun 2023
Such an amazing experience! Pretty cold the evening we did it haha. But so many penguins and the platform is so close to them. All the family enjoyed it :)
Well worth the money.
Tamara_P, Mar 2023
Wonderful watching the penguins come up the beach. And hearing all the different social sounds they make.
Magical experience!
Avril_B, Mar 2023
Listened to a very informative talk about penguins and Maori heritage before going outside to the viewing deck. Leon and Haydn were excellent guides. Watching the little penguins come ashore under the stars of the Southern Sky was amazing.
Amazing evening with the penguins!
Kelly_J, Feb 2023
This is more than just a tour, it is a visit with knowledgeable conservationists and cultural preservation experts. The guides are part of an organization that protects the penguins and is recuperating the native environment of the land in the area to native plants and trees. One of our guides could trace his family history in the area back hundreds of years to the Maori people who first settled in the area. If you are interested in seeing the blue penguins in a carefully cultivated environment that cares for the animals, the history and the land, this is the tour for you. The penguins are adorable and watching them come home at night is an experience not to be missed if you are anywhere in the Otago region. I highly recommend it for any animal lover. It was highly informative and lots of fun.
Wendy_V, Feb 2023
Great explanation of nature and culture with enthousiastic guides. We had a great and informative evening
Blue penguins
Carole_J, Feb 2023
Seeing the penguins come in. There were so many of them, and I was able to see them clearly. The guides were excellent
Must do activity!
Kirsty_M, Feb 2023
Unforgettable penguin experience!! They passed only a metre away from us and we got to see there babies too!
Penguin Viewing Dream
Allan_C, Jan 2023
Watching the penguins come ashore was so exciting! We loved seeing the babies as they waited for their parents come to feed them, and we enjoyed learning about the history of the peninsula. It was all a huge treat. Thanks so much for making a dream come true.
Well worth the time & miney!
Kenneth_G, Jan 2023
What a memorial evening! The Guides were fabulous giving us all sorts of information & fun facts about these darling blue penguins! A bonus was the history of the Moari people. The guides gave us all the time we wanted to view these special creatures returning from the sea to their hungry babies- they gave us a bit of a walk about to see where & how these penguins lived and we saw the babies waiting for their dinner. All tickets money goes to preserve & help the colony. I highly recommend this adventure for any age!
Penguins ashore
Maureen_B, Jan 2023
Seeing the penguins waddling up the shore was amazing. We must have seen at least 80 or more penguins in total. The viewing was preceded by a very informative talk. Excellent evening.
When the penguins first...
Stuart_E, Jan 2023
When the penguins first came out of the waves and ran up the beach. Also watching the adults feeding the chicks.
Highly recommend
Carolynn_M, Jan 2023
The guides were very knowledgable & made this a wonderful experience. We would recommend this as a great family opportunity.
Not blue about doing this at all
Viv, Jan 2023
The talk at the beginning although educational was not engaging. Perhaps it could be done on the viewing platform while we wait for the penguins. The evening could be shortened to an hour. Great communication prior to the evening regarding requirements. Highly recommend this activity.
What a delight!
Jodie_M, Jan 2023
What a delight. The guides were excellent and the penguins were adorable. Highly recommended for all ages.
A very special experience:)
Maja_K, Jan 2023
A lot of interesting information about the history of NZ and the little penguins. We had a windy and rainy night. Raincoat is useful:) I saw about 6 groups of penguins coming out of the water. What a great experience!
Fantastic experience
Fiona_M, Dec 2022
Friendly faces, stories, bikkies and of course fabulous blue penguins. What more could you ask for? Well organised, good communication about times etc, and ran like clockwork.

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