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Oamaru Blue Penguin Colony

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cute little penguins but patience required

I was there last day of May. Beautiful day and cold night. Opted for the standard seating and... read more

Reviewed 31 May 2018
Freienbach / Switzerland
Penguin Colony

Went to see the blue penguins. (They were even walking into the Victorian section of Oamaru when... read more

Reviewed 26 April 2018
Hastings, New Zealand
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“premium seats”(98 reviews)
“nesting boxes”(45 reviews)
“wrap up warm”(21 reviews)
2 Waterfront Road, Oamaru 9400, New Zealand
+64 3-433 1195
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Reviewed 2 June 2018 via mobile

Glad we went but we were freezing on a 5 degree night after sitting in the cold for an hour and a quarter! No photos allowed, and penguins cone into land in groups (rafts) and can wait up to 20 minutes between rafts to arrive....More

Thank Antarisha
Reviewed 31 May 2018

I was there last day of May. Beautiful day and cold night. Opted for the standard seating and actually that was the best choice as some penguins, very few though, take a short cut through the standard seating section so if you are lucky you...More

Thank ErickW
Reviewed 9 May 2018 via mobile

The penguins are so cute. But they are definitely very timid. Pls follow the instructions given by the staff and not to use hand phone for that few hours you are there. If leaving your phone is so unbearable for you, pls watch the penguins...More

Thank Ellen M
Reviewed 7 May 2018

We visited the colony on a cool fall evening and sat in the premium seating. This is definitely worth it, as the penguins run right past the stand. I would recommend coming early and getting a seat in the first couple of rows to get...More

Thank Greymalkins
Reviewed 26 April 2018 via mobile

Went to see the blue penguins. (They were even walking into the Victorian section of Oamaru when the storms hit the area a few weeks ago.) it was really good to see the colony and see them up close. The children loved watching the way...More

Thank leoniehastings
Reviewed 18 April 2018

We viewed the penguins returning at dusk and saw about 40 which was amazing. It was a pity that many people there ignored the instructions given by the guides. Lovely to see this conservation happening.

Thank YLisette
Reviewed 9 April 2018 via mobile

We were unsure about paying to see the penguins at first as had been told you could see them for free around the town at night. However, this place is not for profit and all the money goes to helping the blue penguin colony survive...More

1  Thank Jacqui J
Reviewed 6 April 2018 via mobile

I love this place! Have been hesitating weather to go for the night penguin viewving but was told that there will not be many penguins during this season (March-April) and therefore decided to go for daytime viewving. We managed to see two penguins resting in...More

Thank travelwithting
Reviewed 6 April 2018 via mobile

We decided not to pay for this experience due to the staff working. We spent a good 40 minutes here exploring and walking the breakwater watching the seals. We found a deceased seal and decided to stop in, check tour prices for later and inform...More

Thank briarpalmer
Reviewed 4 April 2018 via mobile

We were reluctant to go at first, having read the reviews on here about annoying tourists but we thought that whilst we are here we may as well visit as we are pretty much guaranteed to see some penguins. We bought tickets on the day...More

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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.
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
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