Blue Penguins Pukekura visitor experience hibernates

Blue Penguins Pukekura is operated as a partnership between the Korako Karetai Trust and Pukekura Trust. The visitor experience is a guided viewing experience of Little Penguins(Korora), which takes place daily at sunset on Takiharuru /Pilots Beach. The experience is based strongly on the Kaitiaki values of the Pukekura Trust.

In 2012 the Pukekura Trust constructed a viewing platform and boardwalk at Takiharuru/ Pilots Beach, to provide the most natural way to view the Little Penguin without disturbing them. Since then, tours have run daily out of the Royal Albatross Centre and have taken people from all over the world on to the nature reserve to see the shy, but noisy Little Blue Penguins (Korora) in their natural habitat.

The success for the evening penguin viewing has had remarkable results for the Trust, the increased financial support from the visitors operation has provided the penguin population with the chance to flourish thanks to the increased level of predator control, revegetation projects and the construction of nest-boxes required to successfully raise their young free from harm.

Unfortunately, due to the ongoing effects of Covid, visitor numbers at the Pukekura Blue Penguin visitor experience is down approximately 72% on pre Covid figures. To preserve the ongoing viability of the business the Pukekura Trustees have reluctantly made the decision to put the business into hibernation between 1st June and 31st October 2021. Scientific and Kaitiaki work will continue at this stage.

We greatly value the support we have had from our local community and the wider domestic market and hope that the visitor number from that sector will continue to increase when the business relaunches in November.