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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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Comtois2570 wrote a review Nov 2021
Besancon, France48 contributions21 helpful votes
Awesome experience with a friendly staff. And a Very good guide. I advise you to pay 15$ extra to be a premium visitor and to be closely watching all penguins. Help this place to keep going and protect penguins. Thanks for that!
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Date of experience: November 2021
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nzp0ppy wrote a review Oct 2021
Nelson-Tasman Region, New Zealand16176 contributions472 helpful votes
What an absolute delight. We were fortunate to visit on a night when there werent a lot of other guests so we had plenty of room. We were very lucky with close to 300 penguins coming ashore. All just metres from us. Watching the penguins scuttle around the wallowing seals on
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Date of experience: October 2021
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Scott Marks wrote a review Oct 2021
Auckland Central, New Zealand361 contributions108 helpful votes
Pretty much the highlight of my stay in Oamaru. First off, I'll warn you now you can't use ANY photo or video equipment, including phones, around the penguins. If you do, you can frighten the penguins and you'll be kicked out. It's a strictly enforced rule. There's two ticket
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Date of experience: May 2021
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KiwiKerry53 wrote a review Aug 2021
Wellington, New Zealand4579 contributions1044 helpful votes
We arrived to find that the tour was nearly over - the times provided in local and internet literature were apparently miles out from reality. We were told we could pay to go in, but really we'd missed most of it. Given the price of entry we decided we wait and see if it
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Date of experience: July 2021
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Amanda K wrote a review Aug 2021
Auckland, New Zealand4 contributions
I really enjoyed this tour. The guide was really knowledgeable and answered questions while we waited for the penguins to arrive, around 200 arrived over an hour. There are no photos allowed.
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Date of experience: August 2021
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