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Oamaru Blue Penguin Colony

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2 Waterfront Road, Oamaru 9400, New Zealand
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Nature let us down......... but just enjoy the opportunity.

An interesting night waiting for penguins to come back home. Nature as it can be, our night wasn’t... read more

Reviewed 5 weeks ago
Mardey_60
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Emu Plains, Australia
Awesome

We were very excited to see he blue penguins and we weren’t disappointed with a good number coming... read more

Reviewed 21 March 2018
jamessV7372TF
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  • Average9%
  • Poor5%
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“premium seats” (97 reviews)
“nesting boxes” (45 reviews)
“wrap up warm” (20 reviews)
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2 Waterfront Road, Oamaru 9400, New Zealand
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"premium seats"
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"nesting boxes"
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"wrap up warm"
in 20 reviews
"come home"
in 29 reviews
"nesting area"
in 15 reviews
"front row"
in 15 reviews
"coming ashore"
in 14 reviews
"penguins arrive"
in 13 reviews
"penguins coming"
in 22 reviews
"evening viewing"
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"day tour"
in 10 reviews
"penguin colony"
in 26 reviews
"standard seating"
in 11 reviews
"pay the extra"
in 12 reviews
"no photography"
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"cute penguins"
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"regular seats"
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

An interesting night waiting for penguins to come back home. Nature as it can be, our night wasn’t the best with only about 12 birds coming home. However, with the added fur seals to watch and a reasonable night as far as the weather goes...More

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Reviewed 21 March 2018 via mobile

We were very excited to see he blue penguins and we weren’t disappointed with a good number coming home. It is awesome to see the birds being able to behave in a natural way and you can see the staff really care about looking after...More

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Reviewed 21 March 2018

Yes, it is dark when the penguins arrive. No, you can't use your flash. Yes, you should be respectful. The viewing platform is adequate for a lot of viewers and the staff keeps people circulating so everyone gets a view. We were there in mid-March...More

Thank Cindy D
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Reviewed 19 March 2018 via mobile

This was worth doing. If you book/look online it tells you an estimate of how many penguins you may expect to see. This is not a good time of year for seeing lots. Nature rewarded us as we saw around 60 which is double the...More

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Reviewed 19 March 2018

Ok yea I normally love penguins, but this experience was not very good. I may be the only person being honest on here. It was dark so I could barely see the penguins, it was freezing, the penguins took forever to arrive and it was...More

Thank Elsie7677
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Reviewed 18 March 2018 via mobile

I strongly recommend to get a look for penguin, sea lions and seals. There is a place to see all of them and to know more about

Thank Rafa G
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Reviewed 18 March 2018 via mobile

Loved this place. Well set out and very interesting. Tons of information and easily accessible. Highly recommended.

Thank David P
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Reviewed 16 March 2018

Definitely go for the premium seats, the penguins were SO close as they returned to their nest boxes. Although we were told we had to be quiet, sit down and not take photographs of course there are always those for whom the rules don’t count,...More

2  Thank pinkduck
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Reviewed 7 March 2018

I booked through the i-Site a combined ticket to the Blue Penguin Colony (premium seating) and the White Stone City. It's worthwhile to pay a bit more to access premium seating. I went in around 9 pm and almost all seats had been taken but...More

Thank A Y
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Reviewed 7 March 2018

There were about 50 penguins coming home the night we were there. They were adorable and it was so cool to watch them labouring up the slopes. It was crowded and unfortunately a lot of people didn't follow the rules, so it can be hard...More

1  Thank AlisonDenton
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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.
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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
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Janice D
15 November 2017|
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Response from DanandCollette | Reviewed this property |
We chose to view the penguins from the levy by the beach for free, and we took pictures! Just have to walk around the restaurant to the beach and wait for the little guys to show up, usually right at 8:15pm. Use a tripod and... More
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