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Oamaru Blue Penguin Colony

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  • Average9%
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“premium seats”(109 reviews)
“nesting boxes”(52 reviews)
“wrap up warm”(23 reviews)
The Oamaru Blue Penguin Colony provides visitors with an opportunity to see little penguins in their natural environment. A tour during the day allows visitors to peek into the penguins’ nests, stroll through their habitat and learn about their...more
Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
2 Waterfront Road, Oamaru 9400, New Zealand
+64 3-433 1195
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All reviews premium seats nesting boxes wrap up warm come home nesting area front row evening viewing coming ashore penguins arrive standard seating penguins coming cute penguins no photography pay the extra day tour seating area regular seats
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We had the standard package - saw the nesting boxes in the afternoon and returned for the evening experience. It was great - over 200 penguins arrived - so funny to watch. Most enjoyable and instructive and great that the colony is increasing in size.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Nicola B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Very cute little penguin “village” of nest boxes. It was well worth the $$ and time waiting for the family groups to arrive from the sea. An honour to see these little guys in the wild and so close.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Hannah M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is not for everyone because it is pretty pricey for what you get and it is VERY cold sitting in the stands waiting for the little guys to make their way in. It was worth it to my husband and I but be forewarned........More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Premium seats totally worth it. You’re right next to the penguin entrance into the protected sanctuary. If you sit near the ocean, you can see them climb up the rocks. We decided to sit right in the middle, front row. The penguins were a few...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank DrWasabi
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

It was awesome to watch 235 penguins come home to the colony. Also definitely worth worth sitting in the premium area whereby the penguins pass real close.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Russell G
Reviewed 13 November 2018 via mobile

The blue penguins are absolutely adorable, cute and so entertaining to watch and they are the only reason why I give this experience two stars rather than one. The guides at the centre usher everyone into the viewing platforms and then proceed to give information...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank AltabasTravels
Reviewed 11 November 2018 via mobile

We'd been excited to see one yellow-eyed penguin come ashore over at Bushy Bay, so seeing 260 blue penguins making their way back to their burrows was even better. There's a very good close-up view from the premium seating and you are under cover. It's...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank DavidP7153
Reviewed 7 November 2018

This is a rare chance to see blue penguins close up, specially if you go in the evening when the adults return to the colony. We went for the premium seats and got excellent close views, but be prepared to sit quiet and still for...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank ChasLeslie
Reviewed 6 November 2018

We were lucky to see the rafts of penguins come up, plus seals. Kids were more interested in seals, and tried to keep their interest by seeing if the penguins could make it round the seals. The seals were right by the barriers. Had to...More

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank GinagAuckland
Reviewed 6 November 2018

Wonderful attraction so close to town, world class with both viewing and educational research at the colony. Hugely popular especially through Summer months. Up to 150 penguins a night. Great family attraction

Date of experience: November 2018
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3 October 2018|
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Response from julieadamson2015 | Reviewed this property |
We were in the regular seating area; I actually think we had a better view of the penquins coming out of the ocean and climbing up the cliffs. The premium seating in much closer to the area where the penquins make their... More
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.
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