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Oamaru Blue Penguin Colony

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2 Waterfront Road, Oamaru 9400, New Zealand
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Penguin Colony

Went to see the blue penguins. (They were even walking into the Victorian section of Oamaru when... read more

Reviewed yesterday
leoniehastings
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Hastings, New Zealand
via mobile
Great experience

We viewed the penguins returning at dusk and saw about 40 which was amazing. It was a pity that... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
YLisette
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Mudgee, Australia
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  • Excellent51%
  • Very good30%
  • Average9%
  • Poor5%
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“premium seats” (97 reviews)
“nesting boxes” (45 reviews)
“wrap up warm” (20 reviews)
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2 Waterfront Road, Oamaru 9400, New Zealand
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"premium seats"
in 97 reviews
"nesting boxes"
in 45 reviews
"wrap up warm"
in 20 reviews
"come home"
in 29 reviews
"nesting area"
in 15 reviews
"front row"
in 15 reviews
"coming ashore"
in 14 reviews
"penguins arrive"
in 13 reviews
"penguins coming"
in 22 reviews
"evening viewing"
in 18 reviews
"day tour"
in 10 reviews
"penguin colony"
in 26 reviews
"standard seating"
in 11 reviews
"pay the extra"
in 12 reviews
"no photography"
in 12 reviews
"cute penguins"
in 12 reviews
"regular seats"
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Went to see the blue penguins. (They were even walking into the Victorian section of Oamaru when the storms hit the area a few weeks ago.) it was really good to see the colony and see them up close. The children loved watching the way...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We viewed the penguins returning at dusk and saw about 40 which was amazing. It was a pity that many people there ignored the instructions given by the guides. Lovely to see this conservation happening.

Thank YLisette
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were unsure about paying to see the penguins at first as had been told you could see them for free around the town at night. However, this place is not for profit and all the money goes to helping the blue penguin colony survive...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I love this place! Have been hesitating weather to go for the night penguin viewving but was told that there will not be many penguins during this season (March-April) and therefore decided to go for daytime viewving. We managed to see two penguins resting in...More

Thank travelwithting
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We decided not to pay for this experience due to the staff working. We spent a good 40 minutes here exploring and walking the breakwater watching the seals. We found a deceased seal and decided to stop in, check tour prices for later and inform...More

Thank briarpalmer
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We were reluctant to go at first, having read the reviews on here about annoying tourists but we thought that whilst we are here we may as well visit as we are pretty much guaranteed to see some penguins. We bought tickets on the day...More

Thank woodyguthrie
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We really enjoyed this experience. Premier seats and the presence of fur seals meant we saw the Penguins close up. Yes you can see the Penguins at Caroline Bay Timaru for free but the paid for seating and commentary at Oamaru puts money back into...More

Thank spendingpension
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Cute and amazing seeing the rafts of penguins arriving. Watching them scurry, pause, duck, and dive too their nest boxes was great. My 6 and 10 year old enjoyed themselves and it was fun counting them, quietly, as they arrived. The extra bonus was seeing...More

Thank GypsyFun
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

You sit in a stand and listen to a commentary while waiting for the penguins to come home for the night. When they are arrive everyone needs to be quiet and sit down while they pass by. No phones or cameras (why can’t people follow...More

Thank bellaQld
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Absolutely fantastic little penguins. We saw 27 which was amazing given that the sea was really rough. They are fascinating animals and sheltered under the boardwalk before heading into their burrows. We could hear them 'chatting'. Worth paying for the better seats as you get...More

Thank tmw55
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Mahima A
20 March 2018|
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Response from Wendyoamaru | Property representative |
best to phone or email the colony directly and check with them directly.
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Mahima A
28 February 2018|
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Response from Wendy S | Property representative |
Yes tickets can be refunded if you aren’t able to get your visa. The evening viewing starts at 8pm so the penguins should of start arriving between 8.15pm and 8.30pm. We count the penguins for one hour from the first penguin... More
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Janice D
15 November 2017|
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Response from DanandCollette | Reviewed this property |
We chose to view the penguins from the levy by the beach for free, and we took pictures! Just have to walk around the restaurant to the beach and wait for the little guys to show up, usually right at 8:15pm. Use a tripod and... More
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