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Oamaru Blue Penguin Colony

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2 Waterfront Road, Oamaru 9400, New Zealand
+64 3-433 1195
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You can learn many knowledge about blue penguins!

This place is a Blue Penguins Conservation center.If you’re interesting those beautiful... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
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Terrible organisation (for premium)

1. To reach the seating for premium, one needs to go through the enclosure and even though there is... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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“premium seats” (88 reviews)
“nesting boxes” (43 reviews)
“wrap up warm” (18 reviews)
2 Waterfront Road, Oamaru 9400, New Zealand
+64 3-433 1195
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

This place is a Blue Penguins Conservation center.If you’re interesting those beautiful animals,then you should enjoy the Combo Day Tour. The Combo Day Tour includes visiting all of activities and knowledges in Blue Penguin Conservation Center.You will learning anything about Blue Penguin.Also you could join...More

1  Thank 思潔吳
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

1. To reach the seating for premium, one needs to go through the enclosure and even though there is a ‘rule’ to not go out while penguins are on the grass people are still doing so. 2. Premium accepts too many people. Technically you are...More

1  Thank lolalunalumpi
Reviewed 1 week ago

We did the premium package so we saw both the penguins nesting and had great seats for the nighttime viewing. It takes a while for all the little penguins to come in but it is worth the wait. You definitely need to bring warm clothes...More

Thank Valigator_UK
Reviewed 1 week ago

A great experience. You will see the penguins returning from their day out in the ocean swimming and hunting. They walk back right in front of you to their little caves. You will not get closer than this to wild penguins. It is a great...More

Thank GlanandJo
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Well organised and good information from the guides, as it starts to get dark it gets cold so wrap up warm.

Thank NorthShieldsBoy
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We came to Oamaru specifically for the penguins. We got premier seats in the evening which was well worth the extra as they get much closer to you and you can walk through the colony at the end (via a bridge). It was great to...More

Thank Co1307
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This reserve has nesting houses which can be viewed from above. No photos can be taken as the flash can damage their eyes. We were able to view 5 penguins on their nests and could see 2 chicks. At night you can view the penguins...More

Thank fourbeesplus3
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The team is great, they guide you through the night with very interesting facts about penguins. I didn’t book in advance and arrived there 15 minutes before it started. You should definitely take the premium seats as the penguins pass through the barrier right in...More

Thank mdbt
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We came here last year and it was fantastic. You need to wrap up warm as sitting around can get a bit chilly whilst waiting for the penguins to return home. The only downside is if you have a medium to large tour group in...More

Thank Janiecc
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We visited the penguin colony on a very wet, windy and cool evening and thankfully had booked premium seats where we had the best protection from the elements. An attendant gave instructions on being still, quiet and not taking photos when the penguins were arriving....More

Thank Trish9amanda
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Janice D
November 14, 2017|
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Response from bakery | Reviewed this property |
Yes, we paid $45 for premium seats too. It was well worth the extra money, because the penguins cross right in front of the premium grandstand. Buy your tickets early, if possible, because they do sell out.
April 10, 2017|
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Response from Wendy S | Property representative |
Hi, at the moment the evening viewing starts at 6.30pm, this changes to 6pm on the 16th April. The penguins generally start arriving back from sea within 30 minutes of the start time. We count the penguins for one hour, from... More
Jimmy P
October 13, 2016|
Response from Wendy S | Property representative | Reviewed this property |
Hi Jim, I'm the Operations Manager at the Oamaru Blue Penguin Colony. I have checked with our resevations team, and can confirm that they have responded to each of your emails, however you don't seem to be receiving them... More