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Oamaru Blue Penguin Colony

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2 Waterfront Road, Oamaru 9400, New Zealand
+64 3-433 1195
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Great Evening

Costs $30 for adults, less 10% if you are over 60, lees for children. Run by the local Council and... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Malaga, Spain
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Highlight of Oamaru Stay

It was delightful to see these little penguins up close (from premium seats). There were just under... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Gold Coast, Australia
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“nesting boxes” (44 reviews)
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2 Waterfront Road, Oamaru 9400, New Zealand
+64 3-433 1195
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Costs $30 for adults, less 10% if you are over 60, lees for children. Run by the local Council and the proceeds support the research and protection of the Blue Penguin breeding colony. The penguins start arriving in their groups, called rafts, just off the...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

It was delightful to see these little penguins up close (from premium seats). There were just under a hundred on the night we went - but it was nearly 10pm for most to arrive so you need to be patient. It does get a little...More

Thank Luxgb
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

There are bigger colonies and more famous places to view the little penguins particularly in Australia but if you happen to be in Oamaru it is well worth a stop to see them. Penguins are best seen right at sunset but this place has set...More

Thank Meredith M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

What a great exeprience! Watching the penguins come ashore was stunning - absolutely amazing to see their natural behaviour so close up. If you go to Omaru you have to do this.

Thank Mr_Mojito
Reviewed 9 January 2018

We paid a little extra for the premium grandstand seats, which we felt was very much worth it as the groups or 'rafts' of penguins come up right in front of you so you get a really great view. There must have been just under...More

Thank Julie J
Reviewed 4 January 2018 via mobile

Loved to see them come ashore and act in their natural behavior.The penguin starts coming at about 9pm and during our view time there was a total of 208 penguins!You can get closer view if in premium seats maybe estimate of 4 meters far and...More

Thank Ethel Y
Reviewed 2 January 2018 via mobile

Suppose it’s good for families to see the penguins. Walk on the breakwater before 7. 30 when it is closed for the paying customers.

Thank Loi J
Reviewed 30 December 2017 via mobile

Such a cool experience. At first we were reluctant to do the tour but once we found out the company is non profit and the proceeds go towards helping the sustainability of the penguins, we felt much better. We also got to see some Albatross...More

Thank ESadlak
Reviewed 29 December 2017 via mobile

The first highlight was seeing our son in New Zealand. He organized the Second highlight trip which was to see the Oamaru blue penguins🐧. We had been on a disappointing tour earlier in the day to see yellow eyed penguins. We came to this sight...More

Thank EllenGreenspoon
Reviewed 19 December 2017

Get the Premium rather than the General seats, because you will see them up close. These little penguins come home in groups (6 -10), so you can see their journey home in different batches. Each of them has a full belly, making their waddling particularly...More

Thank PC L
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Janice D
15 November 2017|
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Response from Shayne P | Reviewed this property |
We went for premium seats too as you were close to the penguins and the seals as well. Our tickets were paid for us as a treat so can only agree with the others. Well worth it. Make sure you are wrapped up snug. You... More
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
Jimmy P
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