Discover Korora, the Little Blue Penguin
Discover Korora, 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.
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.
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.
Daily Guided Blue Penguin Tours
(prices quoted in NZ$, subject to change)
Tickets: Adults $25, Children $10, Families $60
Visitors will be ticketed and receive pre-tour information at the Royal Albatross Visitors Centre.
Warm clothing is essential.
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 Korora, 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 Maori settlement or pa
located on Taiaroa Head, the headland that rises over Pilots Beach. From the
mid-17th century to the mid-19th century the pa 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 – $65
- Children -$50
- Infant – $40 (under 5 years of age)
Tour Start Times (2015/2016)
- Oct 5th – Oct 11th - 7:45pm
- Oct 12th – Oct 18th - 8:00pm
- Oct 19th – Nov 1st - 8:15pm
- Nov 2nd – Nov 15th - 8:30pm
- Nov 16th – Nov 22nd - 8:45pm
- Nov 23rd – Nov 29th - 9:00pm
- Nov 30th – Dec 20th - 9:15pm
- Dec 21st – Jan 24th - 9:30pm
- Jan 25th – Feb 7th - 9:15pm
- Feb 8th – Feb 14th - 9:00pm
- Feb 15th – Feb 28th - 8:45pm
- Feb 29th – Mar 6th - 8:30pm
- Mar 7th – Mar 13th - 8:15pm
Please check our website for up to date tour times.
Blue Penguins Pukekura, Otago Peninsula Enquiry Form
1255 Harington Point Rd
Harington Point 9077
Phone: +64 3 478 0499
Web: Visit website