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Bushy Beach, Oamaru
(3.7/5 based on 100+ reviews on the web)
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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  • We went late afternoon to watch the yellow eyed penguins coming home from their day at sea, saw two arrive and watched them waddle to their nests. Great viewing pal forms and a hide, walks down to bea...  more »
  • Well maintained trail and nice shelter if it is raining. Great place to sit and listen to the waves as you wait for penguins to arrive if you are lucky. 
  • Visited after 6 years of falling in love with it the first time. A beautiful drive in, enough to take your breath away, a quick walk up to the hut, great photo ops. A lot more crowded than six years a...  more »