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 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.

Blue Penguins Pukekura Dunedin

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.

Money raised from the tours is reinvested into 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.

Little Blue Penguin Tiki Tour Prices: Valid from 1 October 2018 – 30 September 2019
Adult – $95
Children -$70
Infant – $60 (under 5 years of age)


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

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Useful Information


Our Little Blue Penguin Tiki tour includes pick up and drop off to and from the Dunedin i-SITE Information Centre within the Octagon by our knowledgeable guide, please wait outside the i-Site. (Dunedin i-Site opening hours Summer: (November – March) closes 6.00pm / Winter: (April – October) closes 5.00pm. Refer to map at the bottom of this page. The tour last 3 to 3.5 hours. The Tiki Driver will start with driving up Highcliff road, there will be a few stops along the way to allow photos before arriving at the Royal Albatross Centre prior to the Little Blue Penguin tour at dusk to view the world’s smallest penguin come ashore.

Wildlife & Photography Information

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. Sightings of the Little Blue Penguins are guaranteed throughout the year, however low thick sea fog may affect them coming ashore which is very rare. Penguins can bee seen as close as 1 – 5 metres in front of the viewing platform.


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.