Oamaru Blue Penguin Colony

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  • Address: Waterfront Rd, South Hill, Oamaru 9400, New Zealand
  • Timings: 10:00 am - 11:59 pm Details
  • Phone: +64-34331195
  • Tags: Family And Kids, Nature

Little blue penguins waddling in and around their nests, is a rare sight. You can enjoy this view at Oamaru Blue Penguin Colony. The place offers tours to nesting areas of blue penguins. This species is so small that adult penguin measures only up to thirty centimetres. Their dark blue colour and a white chest look lovely. You can choose a tour according to your convenience and learn how these penguins behave in the natural environment.

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  • Oamaru Blue Penguin Colony Address: Waterfront Rd, South Hill, Oamaru 9400, New Zealand
  • Oamaru Blue Penguin Colony Contact Number: +64-34331195
  • Oamaru Blue Penguin Colony Timing: 10:00 am - 11:59 pm
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  • 56.45% of people who visit Oamaru include Oamaru Blue Penguin Colony in their plan

  • 31.03% of people start their Oamaru Blue Penguin Colony visit around 10 AM - 11 AM

  • People usually take around 30 Minutes to see Oamaru Blue Penguin Colony

Thursday, Saturday and Sunday

95% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Oamaru Blue Penguin Colony

People normally club together Harbour Tourist Park and Bushy Beach Scenic Reserve while planning their visit to Oamaru Blue Penguin Colony.

* The facts given above are based on traveler data on TripHobo and might vary from the actual figures

Oamaru Blue Penguin Colony Reviews & Ratings

  • Prices are expensive for night viewing but well worth it to see these little penguins coming home! We saw around 62 come home over a period of 2 hours, staggered throughout that time. Definitely wear warm clothes as it gets cold being so close to the water. We also were lucky enough to see a Yellow Eyed Penguin up close as he had gotten lost and come into the wrong colony. They also had 6 seals sitting there too. The black fence in front of the viewing area though could be shorter, it really obscured your view and we ended up standing to see them come in. All in all, a very enjoyable night, for sure.

  • Both seating areas are worth it! We saw 143 little penguins, waddling up to their houses. Book in advance and get there early. Although all the seats have A great view!

  • Great experience, saw lots of penguins and seals. It was freezing, but totally worth it. Best posi is probably closest to the sea, high in the stands in the General seating area. Can't take photos of the penguins, but here is a photo before they came out.

  • We visited during the day to see the seals and where the Little Blue Penguins come to. In the evening we saw the Penguins crossing the road. They have so much character. Just gorgeous.

  • How wonderful to watch these little creatures coming back from sea at the end of the day. Very close encounter for sure. We can see the nests and watch them closely. So educational yet entertaining.

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  • Hello -- are you open for business during the upcoming Easter weekend 2019? Thank you. Amy

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    • According to their official website, it is open during the Easter weekend. 

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