Blue Penguin Viewing
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 – $30
Children – $10
Families – $70 (2 adults, up to 3 children)
Prices valid until: 30 September 2017
See the video below for a sneak peak in to what you can expect to see on tour:
Little Blue Penguin Tiki Tour
Here’s your chance to be taken on a fully guided tour of the Otago Peninsula with one of our knowledgeable guides. Our brand-new Little Blue Penguin Tiki Tour provides you with the opportunity to discover Kororā, the Little Blue Penguin, the world’s smallest penguin, 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. At dusk penguins come ashore and make their way to their nests where they feed their chicks or roost.
Pukekura was a significant Māori settlement or pā located on Taiaroa Head, the headland that rises over Pilots Beach. From the mid-17th century to the mid-19th century the pā was home to the Kai Tahu tribe.
Pick-up and drop-off is at the Dunedin iSite Information Centre. The tour lasts approximately 3.5 hours in total.
Little Blue Penguin Tiki Tour Prices:
Adult – $80
Infant – $50 (under 5 years of age)
Prices valid until: 30 September 2016
Our Little Blue Penguin Tiki tour includes pick up and drop off to and from the Dunedin i-SITE Information Centre close by the Octagon by our knowledgeable guide. Please be at the pick up point 10 minutes prior to the pick up time. Our Tiki van holds 12 people, reservations are recommended.
We do not allow flash photography on our tours as this can cause disturbance on the wildlife, we do however provide lighting for the viewing of blue penguins 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. Our viewing platform hold 100 visitors.
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, but we request you bring your own.