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Our popular tour programmes give you the chance to see up close all the fascinating work done ‘backstage’ in our penguin habitat and penguin welfare centre.

Penguin Backstage Experience

Ever wondered what it takes to keep our colony of rescued penguins healthy and happy? Our exclusive backstage experience offers an insider’s glimpse into the dedicated work that goes into running a rescue centre for the world’s smallest penguin species; the Kororā, Little Blue Penguin.

Limited to just 6 participants, this exclusive tour grants backstage access to areas typically off-limits to other guests. Guided by our knowledgeable Antarctic Guides or dedicated Penguin Keepers, you’ll embark on a captivating 40-minute journey delving into the daily routines of a Penguin Keeper and gaining insights into the lives of our charming penguin residents.

Discover firsthand our cutting-edge facilities and the meticulous care that ensures the wellbeing of our penguins. Explore the inner workings of our vet room, marvel at intriguing specimens like penguin feathers, eggs, and skeletons; and expand your penguin knowledge in ways you never thought possible.

Book your Penguin Backstage Experience today and let the adventure begin!

*Health notice: The Penguin Backstage Experience is not recommended for anyone with a compromised immune system (i.e. chemotherapy or HIV exposure) due to the close bird contact and potential exposure to bird faeces.

What You Need to Know:

  • Penguin Backstage Experience includes general admission to the International Antarctic Centre.
  • Limited to a maximum of 6 people. Bookings are essential.
  • Tours are in English only. Please note you will not be able to touch or feed our penguins on this tour.
  • Tours depart at 11.30am and 1pm daily.
  • Participants must arrive 30 minutes before the tour.
  • Minimum age requirement is 8 years. Children under 13 years old must be accompanied by someone 14 years or older (booked and paid) during the Backstage Experience.
  • Please contact us prior to booking if you have accessibility needs or limited mobility, as stairs are involved in this experience: [email protected]

Breakfast with Penguins

The menu’s great, the view’s spectacular and our little friends in feathered tuxedos oversee the service.

For the perfect start to the day, it’s hard to beat our breakfast with the penguins tour. Here the early bird will catch breakfast, learn about Antarctica and get to enjoy all the other exciting experiences here at the centre.

Breakfast commences at 7.30am next to the downstairs penguin viewing area and includes an informative talk on Little Blue Penguins and Antarctica. After an enhanced continental breakfast, you’ll have all the energy you need to tour the rest of the centre.

Please note: There is a minimum number of 20 guests and a maximum of 40 for this special breakfast event.

To book a breakfast with the penguins session for a minimum of 20 guests please contact us [email protected]

What You Need to Know:

  • The price is available on application (no, you can’t ‘put it on their bill’).
  • There is a minimum of 20 and a maximum of 40 guests.
  • Your hosted breakfast begins at 7.30am.
  • Presentation is in English only. A Chinese service can be arranged upon request, pending availability.