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Penguin Encounter

The Penguin Encounter is New Zealand’s first combined indoor/outdoor Penguin viewing area with capacity to hold up to 26 Little Blue Penguins and allows visitors to view Little Blue Penguins in a Banks Peninsula natural-themed environment that can be accessed on two levels.

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The nocturnal nature of the Little Blue Penguin means that most people miss out on sharing in the magic of these little birds…….UNTIL NOW!
The Penguin Encounter is New Zealand’s first combined indoor/outdoor Penguin viewing area with capacity to hold up to 26 Little Blue Penguins and allows visitors to view Little Blue Penguins in a Banks Peninsula natural-themed environment that can be accessed on two levels.

The Penguins held here are birds that have been rescued and cared for, some since they were chicks. Due to physical disabilities that have left them defenceless, many of them would not have survived on their own back in the wild.

 

Penguin Feeding Times
10.30am & 3.30pm Daily
The best place to watch the feeding is from the outdoor viewing area or downstairs in the pool auditorium as the Penguins dive for their fish.

Please note that due to the wild nature of these birds, feeding times may vary. When you arrive at the Centre, ticketing staff will advise of any varied times for that day.

Xclusive Penguin Backstage Tour

Limited to just 8 visitors per tour, the XCLUSIVE pass takes you into the areas not accessible to other visitors, hosted by one of our Antarctic Rangers. See how our quarantine area works, learn about Penguin feeding and husbandry and take your Penguin knowledge to the next level!

Tours are in English only and run daily at 12pm, 2pm and 3pm.  Bookings are essential due to the limits numbers. Tour is not suitable for children under 6 years of age.

Prices

Adult                                        $25

Child (5-15 years)                   $15

Family (2A+3C)                     $80

Senior/Student (with ID)     $20

Please note that all visitors wishing to book the Backstage Tour must also purchase a valid Xpress or General Admission Attraction entry ticket.

Click here to request a booking

Book Your Experience

All prices are in New Zealand Dollars and valid on 19 Jan 2017, for online purchase only.
Click here for current exchange rates.
Please note – discounted web tickets cannot be used with any other offer or promotion.

Full attraction entry + Hagglund Ride and 4D Shows.
Restricted entry - Does NOT INCLUDE Hagglund Ride or 4D Shows.
Please select ticket type

PENGUIN CONSERVATION & SPONSORSHIP

Although they are the most abundant and widespread of the three Penguin species
breeding on the New Zealand mainland, Little Blue Penguins illustrate important
messages about the importance of conservation.

Want to help support our Little Blue Penguins?

We receive many requests from visitors to financially help to support the Little Blue Penguins. We are delighted to accept donations for this cause and will apply any donations received to the upkeep costs of our Little Blues.

Contact us at info@iceberg.co.nz for more information.