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Where are the best places to see penguins in the wild?

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Where are the best places to see penguins in the wild?

My 7 year old loves penguins- where can we easily see some in May on the South Island?

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1. Re: Where are the best places to see penguins in the wild?

We loved Curio Bay in the Catlins.

There is a nesting site for the endangered yellow eyed penguinswhere you can watch them come ashore each late afternoon. There are not huge numbers, you may see about 6-10 but you can get pretty close.

If you stay at Curio Bay boutique accomodation (www.curiobay.co.nz) the small blue penguins actually nest under the deck of the cottage. This can mean a disturbed night sleep as you hear the babies crying to be fed. You can then look out of the patio doors to see the adults coming up from the beach and disappear under the deck, definately worth waking up for.

I am not sure if the penguins nest under the deck throughout the year or just at certain times so you would need to check this out.

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2. Re: Where are the best places to see penguins in the wild?

In the South Island Curio Bay is great. So is Dunedin, they have organised tours to see the penguins there. Also Oamaru.

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3. Re: Where are the best places to see penguins in the wild?

Another vote for Curio Bay.... You can see penguins at close range.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/79534583@N02/8213716726/in/set-72157632082094521

But do check out whether sightings are common at that time of the year. And dress warmly!

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4. Re: Where are the best places to see penguins in the wild?

Penguins only come ashore to breed so numbers may be very low in May.

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