Little Blue Penguin Viewing

Blue Penguins Pukekura Dunedin

Dunedin Little Blue Penguin Viewing Tours

The Royal Albatross Centre operates Little Blue Penguin viewing tours every evening from its Taiaroa Head facility using a modern, purpose built viewing platform and interactive walkway. Our tours take place at dusk and your guide will provide you with detailed information about the Little Blue Penguin and other Otago Peninsula wildlife that you may encounter.

Discover Kororā, the Little Blue Penguin, the world’s smallest penguin. See them in their natural habitat – scurrying up to their cliff-face burrows at Pilots Beach on the Otago Peninsula. After a day at sea, the penguins congregate in groups known as “rafts” not far offshore where they often can be heard vocalising – usually short, loud squawks. Blue Penguin viewing tours are at dusk when penguins come ashore and make their way to their nests where they feed their chicks or roost.

Money raised from the tours is reinvested in to the wildlife reserve to assist with the preservation and protection of Pilots Beach and its Little Blue Penguin colony. Conservation projects include the planting of native trees, installing penguin nest boxes and predator control.

Adult – $25
Children – $10
Families – $60 (2 adults, up to 3 children)


See the video below for a sneak peak in to what you can expect to see on tour:

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Useful Information


We do not allow close flash photography of penguins as this alarms them, we do however provide lighting and modern digital cameras are capable of taking great photographs under these conditions. Please help us to be respectful of the welfare of the wildlife.


All tour options are an outdoor activity in a land where maritime weather prevails, the weather can change very quickly on the Otago Peninsula year round. Always take warm and waterproof clothes and solid footwear is required. Jackets can be provided upon request.