The kororā (or little blue penguin) is New Zealand’s smallest penguin and, in our expert opinion, it’s the cutest. Be it scuttling over rocks or diving for food these incredible birds are small in stature but big on entertaining.
As New Zealand’s first combined indoor and outdoor penguin viewing area we are proud of the environment we’ve created for our littlest team members.
Humans, dogs and other pests are all responsible for a negative impact on the survival rates of the little blue penguin. Their number in the wild is in decline and their conservation status is ‘at risk’.
That’s why we only house rescue penguins here. These are birds that have got into trouble in the big wide world or may be suffering from physical disabilities. Expert veterinarians assess each bird and those that don’t have the ability to defend themselves will find themselves amongst feathered friends at penguin sanctuaries like ours.
Penguin watching is one of those must-do things in life. However as the Little Blue Penguin is generally nocturnal there’s less chance to see them in action.
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.
Each day at 10.30am and 3.30 pm it’s feeding time. The best place to watch the feeding is from the outdoor viewing area or downstairs in the pool auditorium. At both spots you’ll get a good view of the table manners (or lack thereof) of these cute little birds – it’s the littlest biggest fun you’ll have here. At 1pm daily we also have our Penguin Talk.
Our explorers: Roald Amundsen
On the 14th of December, 1911, humanity arrived at the South Pole. Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen set off on his expedition from his Antarctic base with four men and 52 dogs. At the time Amundsen’s feat would be both lauded and maligned. Discover the sacrifice (and scandal) and meet the very special breed of dog that made it possible.