4th Circular, 20 December 2018


Welcome to this third circular for the 10th International Penguin Conference being held in Dunedin, New Zealand 24-28 August 2019.

This circular contains information about the registrations and more details about a post-conference field trip. Further information will be added to our website as it is confirmed.


Registrations will not open until mid or late January due to costings for the post-conference field trip being finalised.

Early bird registrations will close on 24 May 2019.

The conference registration fee structure is as follows:

Fiordland penguin / tawaki in Harrison Cove, Milford Sound, Fiordland

Fiordland penguin / tawaki in Harrison Cove, Milford Sound, Fiordland

Category Cost per person Dates
Standard registration NZ$490.00 Closes 24 May 2019
Student registration NZ$200.00 Closes 24 May 2019
Late registration NZ$690.00 25 May - 24 July 2019
Student late registration NZ$300.00 25 May - 24 July 2019


Fiordland penguins/tawaki in Milford Sound
This trip to Milford Sound will take place immediately after the conference, departing Dunedin Thursday 29th August, returning to Dunedin Friday 30th August.

Milford Sound is a fiord that is known for towering Mitre Peak, rainforests clinging to almost vertical mountain flanks and hundreds of waterfalls, which plummet down its sheer sides (if it rains). The fiord is home to the enigmatic Fiordland penguin/tawaki (http://www.tawaki-project.org). Milford Discovery Centre and Underwater Observatory offers views of rare black coral and other marine life (https://bit.ly/2PwtzLi).

We will depart from Dunedin early Thursday morning, arriving in the fjord in the afternoon and embarking on a special cruise of Milford Sound with opportunities to observe Fiordland penguins/tawaki at their landing sites. We also hope to be able to include a visit to the Discovery Centre, provide the opportunity to sea kayak in Harrison Cove, and a barbecue on the cruise boat sun deck before returning to Te Anau for an overnight stay. Buses will depart Te Anau early Friday morning, arriving back in Dunedin mid-afternoon.

We currently estimate the cost for this trip to be NZ$100 per person; final costs will be available once conference registration opens. Costs will cover bus transport from Dunedin to Fiordland and back as well as activities in Milford Sound, but not accommodation. Participants must book their own accommodation in Te Anau.


Milford Sound, Fiordland

Milford Sound, Fiordland

Local organising committee:

   Lloyd S Davis, Phil Seddon, Yolanda van Heezik (University of Otago)
   Thomas Mattern (University of Otago/Global Penguin Society)
   Bruce McKinlay (Department of Conservation)
   Sue Murray (Yellow-Eyed Penguin Trust)
   Philippa Agnew (Oamaru Penguin Colony)
   Hoani Langsbury (Pukekura Trust)

International Scientific Committee:

   Peter Barham (University of Bristol)
   Dee Boersma (University of Washington)
   Pablo Garcia Borboroglu (Global Penguin Society, CONICET)
   Lloyd Davis (University of Otago)
   Sue Murray (Yellow-Eyed Penguin Trust)
   Phil Trathan (British Antarctic Survey)
   Heather Urquhart (New England Aquarium)
   Lauren Waller (Leiden Conservation Fellow, SANCCOB)