Oamaru Blue Penguin Colony, Oamaru

3.7
#1 of 7 in Outdoors in Oamaru
Nature / Wildlife Tour · Wildlife Area
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. The programme is not limited to work at the site however, but extends further afield to include protection and monitoring of penguins elsewhere within the region.
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  • Although it was a wet evening we still really enjoyed our visit. The premium stand seating was worth the little bit extra to be close to the penguins. Walking back past the nesting boxes past adults.....  more »
  • It's almost like an out-of-body experience seeing hundreds of little blue penguins rafting in to shore and scurrying up the hill to their burrows. If you book the premium seating and arrive early so.....  more »
  • We enjoyed the visit and there were lots of penguins to view as they scurried to their burrows. The evening starts with a conservationist providing you background on the penguins as you fill in time.....  more »
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  • Great spot to watch penguins in an organized and safe environment for everyone involved. The commentary from the instructors is very informative and if you ask them after the show they can give you even more information. Obviously how many penguins you see is highly dependent on how many returns from the sea that day, but even a group of 40 or so is exciting to watch. Free parking is right by the place so just drive up. Paying for the premium seats is probably overkill, just pay for a regular seat and arrive early.
  • Wonderful to see the penguins come home the same way and to the right homes. You needed warm clothing and good binocular. You couldn't use your zoom lens, they considered that as taking pictures which was prohibited. Don't forget those things looked like smooth rocks are actually seals.
  • Lovely place to visit. Very friendly. Wheel chair access. Good parking. Beautifully cared for. Worth a visit.
  • It is absolutely a good spot to observe blue eye penguin. You can pay and go into observing platform of the colony to see 70up penguins go their caves. The colony provides introduction, but NOT allowed to take picture/video. If you got some good fortune, parking area also can see few penguins as well.
  • Bit like watching paint dry. Then, eventually they appear and hide under a deck for ages and finally make a dash for their burrows. There are more interesting ways to spend an evening.

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