Blue Penguins Pukekura


Our kaitiaki guardianship of the Blue Penguins Pukekura is a joint venture between the Otago Peninsula Trust and The Korako Karetai Trust. All of our conservation, preservation and restoration work is fully funded by the tour fees. Our values are strongly aligned with the principles of Kaitiaki (guardians of the land and its wildlife) and manaakitanga (care and hospitality of our visitors).


Discover Korora, the Little Blue Penguin, the world's smallest penguin. Enjoy close up viewing of penguins returning from a day at sea within the Takiharuru Pilots Beach nature reserve at dusk. Watch penguins just a few metres from us as they scurry up the beach to their cliff-face burrows. Viewing of the Little Blue Penguins is guaranteed and is an attraction not to be missed when visiting Dunedin, NZ's wildlife capital. This is the only night time blue penguin viewing where photography is allowed.

Blue Penguins Pukekura is a joint venture between the Korako Karetai Trust (this area is of great historical and current significance to the descendants of Korako Karetai) 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 the end of the Otago Peninsula. It's our mission to ensuring the protection and growth of wildlife in this nature reserve while also ensuring visitors get to experience one of natures marvels, often described as an experience of a life time.

Blue Penguins Pukekura tours are hosted by local expert wildlife guides who also share their cultural history and the botany of the area while also sharing biological knowledge of other wildlife seen while on tour (we regularly see seals, sea lions on the beach and seabirds such as albatross flying overhead). and we warmly welcome guests to the area.

At Blue Penguins Pukekura, we know that despite the best intentions, things can happen. If you need to make a change to your booking, please contact us on and we will accommodate your request when we can. REFUND POLICY In purchasing a tour with Blue Penguins Pukekura you are agreeing to the following terms and conditions: A full refund (minus the booking fee) will be paid if you cancel your tour more than forty-eight (48) hours of your scheduled tour start date. Cancellation requests received less than forty-eight (48) hours but more than twenty-four (24) hours will receive a 50% refund. Cancellation requests received less than twenty-four (24) hours of the tour will not be refunded. Refunds will not be paid if you do not arrive at the pre-arranged meeting points at the correct time. All other circumstances will be reviewed on a case by case basis. Please contact us if you have questions with regards to our Refund Policy. Blue Penguins Pukekura is based in Dunedin. COVID-19 - Update as at September 2022 There are no restrictions for Blue Penguins Pukekura to operate tours. Mask wearing is now a personal choice. If your tour is cancelled due to government restrictions we can either offer a full refund (before the commencement date of the tour) or transfer your booking to another departure date. All other circumstances around Covid-19 cancellations will be reviewed on a case by case basis.

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