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Oamaru Blue Penguin Colony

#1 of 10 Outdoor Activities in Oamaru Features Animals
2 Waterfront Road, Oamaru 9400, New Zealand
+64 3-433 1195
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Premium Seats a must

Went back just so we could see these little guys - at this time of year lucky to see 18 come back... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Chinacol A
Shenzhen, China
via mobile
Day Tour to Nesting Site

Unfortunately, our timing was off and couldn't stay for the evening tour when the Penguins come... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Dunedin, New Zealand
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  • Average9%
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“nesting boxes” (40 reviews)
“nesting area” (15 reviews)
2 Waterfront Road, Oamaru 9400, New Zealand
+64 3-433 1195
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went back just so we could see these little guys - at this time of year lucky to see 18 come back from their daily fishing trip - but had to sit in the cold for 90mins!! Worth the wait and great work these guys...More

Thank Chinacol A
Reviewed 1 week ago

Unfortunately, our timing was off and couldn't stay for the evening tour when the Penguins come back to shore but we paid for the day tour which included a look at two penguins preparing to nest. We were able to walk around on the track...More

Thank JennyYWChen
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

went on a chilly night to witness these little guys coming ashore..alot smaller than I thought.we saw approx 90 coming in to rest for the night. they are quite shy ,so you have to be quiet,otherwise they apparently go back out to sea..No cameras are...More

1  Thank kellyfR8040IH
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

What an amazing experience! These cute little guys are amazing. Pay the extra its totally worth is as they come so close to this section. The commentary is great. We had 180 penguins come up in one night so there are loads to see. They...More

Thank NatashaRachael
Reviewed 22 May 2017

We elected to not pay the $40/per to see the penguins, instead we stood on the cement breakwater next to the beach and watched them for free. True we didn't get the commentary or have the lighting the "paid participants" had, but we saw them...More

Thank DanandCollette
Reviewed 13 May 2017 via mobile

Amazing. Saw 180 penguins in rafts of 7-8 swim into bay up rocks and into their nests. We were in premium seats which allows closer viewing including a board walk through the nesting area. Great to see these little guys in the wild.

Thank Spyder109
Reviewed 3 May 2017 via mobile

It was great to see the good work they are doing to help and protect there penguins. I didn't like the fact that no photos are allowed even without flash. Nature in action!!

Thank Hock8
Reviewed 2 May 2017

We went here in the evening to watch the rafts of little blue penguins coming back after a day at sea fishing, The staff informed us when they were approaching. After we walked along walkways where e could see the penguins settling in their burrows...More

1  Thank theoldone
Reviewed 30 April 2017

We went in the evening and saw over 130 little penguins come in. We stayed for nearly 2 hours in total. Great time Staff friendly and informative. A great place to visit

Thank mrtuesday
Reviewed 27 April 2017

After reading reviews and adding up how much it would have cost to take the whole family in the evening, we elected to do a daytime visit with the kids. This was substantially cheaper, and worked out great - they got to walk around all...More

Thank Fovant2014
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would I see the penguins before 8pm as this is the time I need to leave
11 April 2017|
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Response from Wendy S | Property representative |
Hi, at the moment the evening viewing starts at 6.30pm, this changes to 6pm on the 16th April. The penguins generally start arriving back from sea within 30 minutes of the start time. We count the penguins for one hour, from... More
I have tried emailing these people 5 times to confirm/change our reservation and have had no response. Has anyone else had this problem? Frustrating that the people running this place don't or won't answer their inquiries.
13 October 2016|
Response from Wendy S | Property representative | Reviewed this property |
Hi Jim, I'm the Operations Manager at the Oamaru Blue Penguin Colony. I have checked with our resevations team, and can confirm that they have responded to each of your emails, however you don't seem to be receiving them... More
How far is it from Christchurch?
26 July 2016|
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Response from Andrew H | Reviewed this property |
I drove, leaving Christchurch at about 10am and arriving Oamaru mid afternoon.