The Penguin Place Photo Gallery
Written by Cathy Siegismund
The Penguin Place tour is one of the best wildlife tours we've found in New
Zealand. The tour begins with a video and short lecture on the yellow-eyed
penguin and the history of Penguin Place. You are then driven through the owners
working sheep farm, down to the beautiful coastline where Penguin Place has
built a number of nests and the penguins return each year to molt, breed, and
hatch and raise their chicks. There are half buried tunnels and hides, which put
you at eye level with the penguins and allow you to get very close without
disturbing them. Penguin Place is also home to a number of seals, which can be
seen lounging on the rocks.
Penguin Place remains a working sheep ranch
Beautiful coast at Penguin Place
A number of seals come ashore at Penguin Place to bask in the sun
Each penguin who returns to Penguin Place has a name and usually a story.
Yellow-eyed penguins will sometimes mate for life if the pair can successfully
produce chicks. Both parents take turns fishing, hatching the egg, and raising
the chicks. But some pairings end in separation, and will go off looking for other
mates. One young male penguin, had been left by his mate and seemed to be having
difficulties learning how to sit on an egg. Penguin Place had given the penguin
a plastic egg to see if he would learn how to sit on it properly.
A young male penguin a little confused about how to actually "sit" on an egg
The man-made nests are used year after year by the returning yellow-eyed
A pair of penguins preening near their nest