Come and see the world’s smallest penguin, the Little Blue Penguin, at Pilot’s Beach on the scenic Otago Peninsula.
Watch in awe as these beautiful creatures group together in ‘rafts’ and communicate to each other with loud squawks.
At dusk you can see these little penguins come ashore and feed their chicks.
Learn about the feeding, breeding and lives of these birds and also about the areas rich cultural history on this intriguing tour.
Location: 1260 Harington Point Road, Dunedin
Transport: The Centre is located a 45-50 minute drive from Central Dunedin. There is no public transport to the tip of Otago Peninsula, own transport is required.
Please note: Our Little Blue Penguin tour time changes with the seasons and begins at sunset every evening. Royal Albatross Centre staff will confirm the exact time of the tour once your booking has been made. You MUST arrive 30 minutes prior to your tour to present your voucher and be issued tickets.
Kia ora and thanks for taking the time to write a review. Watching Korora Little Blue Penguins raft through the sea and emerge onto the beach is a very special experience. There are about 500 living at the Pukekura colony, with over 200 nesting pairs and we do allow non-flash photography, so you can have a lovely memory of your visit. Thank you for supporting Blue Penguins Pukekura; funds raised from the tours go into conservation of the korora Little Blue Penguins. They assist with predator control, revegetation, monitoring etc. We really appreciate your contribution. Hope you enjoyed the rest of your holiday! Kind Regards, Ashleigh Compton
Kia ora and thanks for taking the time to write a review. It's great that you were glad you did the Blue Penguins Pukekura tour and enjoyed it so much. As a kaitiaki/guardian of the headland we are primarily driven by the conservation of all the species that call Pukekura home, including a joint venture with the Pukekura Trust to allow for Blue Penguin viewing for visitors. Pukeura is a precious wildlife refuge and we work with the local Maori Korako Karetai Trust to host visitors and protect the Blue Penguins. We love to share this special place and unique wildlife experiences with our visitors. The Blue Penguins Pukekura guided tour offers an informative, knowledgeable hosted experience for visitors. This includes a briefing on the experience, explanation of and insights into the lives of Blue Penguins and exclusive viewing from on the wildlife reserve. The cost of the tour contributes to the stewardship and protection of the Little Blue Penguins. It enables the Otago Peninsula Trust with the Pukekura Trust and Korako Karetai Trust, which all manages Blue Penguins Pukekura to continue to offer penguin experiences to the public, to offer education programmes to children including revegetation, habitat and penguin monitoring and pest control. We very much value to contribution that visitors are able to make to this precious wildlife sanctuary by supporting the Blue Penguins Pukekura and Royal Albatross Centre tours and activities. Hope you come again to visit the Little Blue Penguins at Pukekura, and take the chance to access the Albatross Colony reserve and experience one of our informative and enjoyable guided tours. All the best Ashleigh Compton
Kia ora and thanks for taking the time to write a review. Watching Korora Little Blue Penguins raft through the sea and emerge onto the beach is a very special experience. There are about 500 living at the Pukekura colony, with over 200 nesting pairs and we do allow non-flash photography, so you can have a lovely memory of your visit. Thank you for supporting Blue Penguins Pukekura; funds raised from the tours go into conservation of the korora Little Blue Penguins. They assist with predator control, revegetation, monitoring etc. We really appreciate your contribution. Hope you enjoyed the rest of your holiday! All the best Ashleigh Compton
Kia ora and thanks for your review. Blue Penguins Pukekura is a joint venture between the Korako Karetai Trust and the Otago Peninsula Trust who agreed to establish an accord to manage the environmental, historical and amenity values of the area known as Takiharuru Pilots Beach at Pukekura Taiaroa Head. The kororā little blue penguin tour is hosted by local guides who share their cultural history and welcome guests to their area, Takiharuru Pilots Beach, which is of historical and current significance to the descendants of Korako Karetai. The values are: • Protection, conservation and enhancement of the area known as Takiharuru Pilots Beach for the benefit of its flora and fauna, and in particular the kororā blue penguin colony established there; • Enhancing the cultural and ecological visitor experience of the area. For Manawhenua (people of the land), Takiharuru (Pilots Beach) is a sacred and special place (wāhi tapu, wāhi tāoka). Chief Karetai, local paramount chief and signatory to the Treaty of Waitangi, lived out his final years on the headland overlooking the beach. The descendants of Karetai maintain a strong whakapapa link to this whenua (land). As Manawhenua the descendants of Karetai have a connection to the flora, fauna and environs of Takiharuru. This connection extends to the role of Kaitiakitaka (guardianship) for the whenua and species associated with it. Manawhenua have special relationships with all species considered to be Tāoka (Treasured), with particular interests towards albatross, whales, sharks and of course penguins. In the spirit of Rangatirataka (cultural leadership) this area is shared with manuhiri (visitors) as a pathway towards regenerating the land, protecting the local wildlife and providing a sustainable environment for locals, whānau (family) and mokopuna (generations to come). Our team hopes that this explanation leads to greater understanding for visitors of the cultural and spiritual significance of the area and the wildlife within. Hope you have had a lovely festive season. All the best Ashleigh Compton
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