Blue Penguin Viewing

  The Royal Albatross Centre operates evening Little Blue Penguin viewing tours 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.

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 Blue Penguin Pukekura Trust who are tasked with the preservation and protection of Pilots Beach and the Blue Penguin colony. Projects include planting native trees, installing nest boxes and predator control.

Blue Penguin Viewing Tour   Royal Albatross Centre

Blue Penguin Viewing – Tour Times

Little Blue Penguin viewing tours depart at dusk when the Penguins return to their nesting ground. Approximate times are listed on our online booking page.


Adult: $20 Child: $10 Family: $50 (Bookings recommended as group numbers are limited and tours are often full)


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.