Penguin Place is the incredible feat of Howard McGrouther, who began the reserve in 1985 in order to protect the endangered yellow-eyed penguin. Funded completely by daily guided tours, the conversation is dedicated to the stabilization of the yellow-eyed penguin population, and the 90-minute tour begins with a brief overview of the biological situation in which the penguins find themselves, as well as an explanation of what the project is doing on the reserve.
Prepare yourself for incredible coastal views and glimpses of all kinds of animals as well as the impressive and thoughtfully constructed grounds on which they live that took over eight years to build. Learn about these amazing animals and the struggle to help them breed and survive in a breathtaking setting. Be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes, as you will be trekking over the reserve.
Review by KarenS, Ecuador, July 2012
This place is AMAZING. We have been there twice and will be going again soon. Last trip to New Zealand we got talked into going somewhere else to see penguins and were terrible disappointed. This place and the albatross colonies are a MUST SEE for any trip to the South Island of New Zealand.
Tour times vary seasonally and daily, so be sure to call well ahead to make your reservation. In the summer, tours are given in the morning, while in winter, they are in the afternoon.
Tours begin at the McGrouther Farm on Harrington Point Road, which is very clearly marked, and you will be driven over to the reserve.
Photographs are allowed and encouraged, but the tour guides will ask that you not use flash, as they tend to frighten the animals.