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Oamaru Blue Penguin Colony

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Oamaru, New Zealand
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About Oamaru Blue Penguin Colony
The Oamaru Blue Penguin Colony provides visitors with an opportunity to see little penguins in their natural environment. In the evening, visitors are captivated by watching the nightly arrival of penguins from their days fishing at sea. The Colony is a tourism operation with a strong research and conservation focus. At the core of the operation is a long-term conservation programme that ensures the penguins are protected and that the population achieves long-term stability. An important and unique part of that conservation programme is the Colony's Research Scientist who is now one of New Zealand’s leading little penguin experts. PLEASE NOTE: We have a strict arrangement for bookings. To ensure we can manage the viewing safely, if you wish to come to the colony you must pre-book at least 24 hours in advance. As we do not know the potential number of visitors per night in the coming months, we will not open if we do not have customers, so you must pre-book. Thank you.
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Krollden wrote a review Feb 2021
Palmerston North, New Zealand11 contributions1 helpful vote
Do something new NZ. But not at these prices. Even as Seniors $36 each is just too much. We would have considered $20 each a payable price.
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Date of experience: February 2021
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Cushla wrote a review Dec 2020
New Plymouth, New Zealand10 contributions1 helpful vote
Fantastic and worth paying the extra for premium seats. 264 penguins came safely home. So gorgeous coming back in rafts of 10 to 50, unbelievable, and we were so close. The commentary is informative. Wear warm clothing as you are there a couple of hours. We saw chicks on the way
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Date of experience: December 2020
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ayrtoo wrote a review Nov 2020
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My partner and I spent the evening yesterday down at the penguin colony, it was amazing to see their personalities and how adorable they are in person. I'd definitely recommend to come and see the penguins atleast once, also lovely that the proceeds help fund the conservation of
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Date of experience: December 2020
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Shane B wrote a review Nov 2020
Te Awamutu, New Zealand677 contributions158 helpful votes
Spent about 2 1/2 hours watching the penguins come in "in rafts". There was good commentary there were large gaps of times between rafts the staff kept the commentary and interest going. We were in the main stand and several penguins around a dozen decided to take a short cut
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Date of experience: November 2020
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Alicehx wrote a review Nov 2020
Auckland, New Zealand5 contributions2 helpful votes
We (couple in mid 20s) visited because we were in town for the Victorian Heritage Festivals and the penguins were a definite highlight of our trip! We purchased the premium seats and it was definitely worth it. You are so much closer to the penguins and after the viewing you get
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Date of experience: November 2020
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