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Oamaru Blue Penguin Colony

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“premium seats”(94 reviews)
“nesting boxes”(45 reviews)
“wrap up warm”(22 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 coming ashore penguins arrive standard seating no photography pay the extra evening viewing cute penguins penguins coming penguin colony day tour regular seats
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Reviewed 23 August 2018 via mobile

We visited the penguin colony last week and had a really awesome experience. The penguins were just super cute and there were also a few seals lying around. It was so nice to just sit there and watch the penguins coming home.

Thank inkerieckmann
Reviewed 21 August 2018

I have been a few times to see these wee penguins and I really advise to book ahead and go in the Premium area as you get to view the Penguins so close!! They are adorable to watch and watching them in this area you...More

Thank roseemcd
Reviewed 17 August 2018 via mobile

Was amazing and super cute. The staff were super friendly and helpful. We went in the day time, the penguin were in their boxes and some were very active and aware that we were looking at them in the dark room and they were very...More

Thank BohemianRaven
Reviewed 6 August 2018 via mobile

We sat in the preimum viewing which is much closer to the path of the penguins from the ocean. We saw 73 little blue penguins. Dress WARMLY...we froze

Thank Phil S
Reviewed 6 August 2018

Be careful when you visit the Oamaru colony. We were there on March 15th and there were no penguins during the day. There information led me to believe that there were always a few penguins at the colony. Not so and not worth the entry...More

1  Thank rshappytravelers
Reviewed 2 August 2018

This seemed like one of those things that would be overrated. We walked around the grounds during the day and didn't see much and were not dressed as warmly as we should have been for the evening viewing. Luckily, it was completely worth it. It...More

Thank Ash P
Reviewed 31 July 2018

We came here after going to Bushy Beach. We saw over 60 penguins come in. The woman that was leading the viewing was very informative and gave us a lot of information about the penguins. It gets pretty cold sitting out there for 2 hours,...More

Thank apmaddox
Reviewed 27 July 2018 via mobile

Great facility. Clearly penguins are the top priority. Helpful staff. Got to c around 78 or so little guys. Wonderful location. We paid for a Premier and that proximity to the penguins was money well spent. Plenty of fur seals lying around. No photos as...More

Thank Drew A
Reviewed 21 July 2018

Well we did this some 18 or more years ago. Boy the facility has changed and grown. Yes it’s cold, but just wrap up well. We didn’t think it was worth paying the extra for premium seating, and as it was we had some of...More

Thank Nadar7
Reviewed 12 July 2018 via mobile

Great venue. Very well thought out. Saw 144 penguins. Really good information given from the guides while waiting for the penguins to arrive. Some penguins came very close to us. Would definitely return.

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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