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Bushy Beach, Oamaru

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Bushy Beach is not just any beach--it holds the last remaining natural coastal vegetation in the area and supports native wildlife like penguins. True to its name, the shoreline is decorated with shrubbery like hebe, ngaio, and broadleaf. The attraction provides several outlooks where visitors can spot yellow-eyed penguins, fur seals, and occasionally sea lions and elephant seals. Be sure to dress very warmly to avoid shivering in the strong winds. Visitors are only allowed on the beach when the penguins are not there (usually between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.). If you're visiting before or after that time, head to one of the viewing points to watch the lovable creatures come ashore and feed. Note that beach access is prohibited from November to March, when penguins may be feeding with their young at any time of day. Arrange your visit to Bushy Beach and discover more family-friendly attractions in Oamaru using our Oamaru itinerary builder.
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  • Have been here quite a bit has live close to it. Penguins require patience to see and are about at dawn and dusk. Unfortunately due to height on cliff of viewing platforms average child or adult witho...  more »
  • We arrived at 4:00 as suggested and waited for about 45 minutes. In that time two penguins arrived on the beach - some distance from the viewing area. We were later told that we were lucky to see two ...  more »
  • Went there around 4.45pm and waited till 6 pm. We saw 4 seals but no penguins. The beach was far from viewing point. It's free.  more »