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Naina-Damani
London, UK1,032 contributions
Feb 2020
Bushy Beach is a perfect place to admire the scenery and the playful seals and even native wildlife.
Written January 9, 2021
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Casey
Dunedin, New Zealand12 contributions
Oct 2020
Well, we didn't see the penguins but the viewpoint is well-positioned. The beach seemed a bit rocky as a place to hangout.
Written October 3, 2020
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suzieFortCollins
Fort Collins871 contributions
Jan 2020
The beach is a great place to walk for miles with spectacular views, but you need to make sure you are off the beach by 3 pm. A lot of people go to try and see the penguins, but they are very elusive and rarely do people see them, so go for the pretty views and the walk along the beach.
Written February 25, 2020
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2 Fat Indians
4 contributions
Jan 2020 • Family
While others saw penguins coming home from feeding, we didn’t, but we did see seals lazing on the beach as well as playing in the surf. We spent 45 minutes in near silence watching nature, it was beautiful.
Written February 14, 2020
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Bernice
17 contributions
Jan 2020
A good place to try and spot the very rare yellow-eyed penguin for free. It does take quite a bit of patience, and even then there is no guarantee! We waited for around one and a half hour before two yellow-eyed penguins arrived at the beach. Binoculars recommended as the penguins can be quite far away. The best time to see penguins is apparently around two hours before sunset, but there is some variation in when they arrive. The wait is well worth it when you finally see a penguin scurry up the beach! One of the penguins preened calmly and was visible for a long time.
Written February 11, 2020
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GMdoc529003
Murwillumbah, Australia34 contributions
Nov 2019
we stood in a howling cold wind for about 1/2 an hour but it was still at least 2 hours til sunset, so we saw nothing except the view, which is nice, but severely rugged up people were there with heaps of camera gear so something must happen sometime!
Written November 17, 2019
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Jan Willem t
Nijmegen, The Netherlands1,454 contributions
Nov 2019 • Couples
The Bushy beach is located at only 5 minutes drive from the little town Oamaru. From the parking to the beach is a 15 minutes walk down the cliff. The beach isn't accessable after 3 pm due to Yellow Penguin returning from sea. Higher on the cliff is a Penguin vieuwing point by means of a little cabin. Very worthwhile to visit for nature lovers.
Written November 9, 2019
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AnnaDBJ
Melbourne, Australia137 contributions
Sep 2019
The hoiho - yellow-eyed penguins - come ashore here in the late afternoon to go up to their nests. I arrived at 5:00pm in late September and was super lucky to see 6 penguins through until 6:15pm. (Sunset was about 6:30-6:45pm.) There was a guide from the blue penguin centre there who helped to spot the penguins and had high-powered binoculars to see them - so lucky he was there! He had been there since 3:30pm but the first penguin came out of the water at 5:00pm. Apparently guides are often there in the afternoon during the peak season to help and also keep people off the beach after 3:00pm to keep it clear for these endangered birds.

If you go, bear in mind the penguins are not large and move quickly - one that I saw lingered on the beach but the rest hustled relatively quickly across the sand/gravel to the cliffs. We stayed on the path, before the blinds. I had a 300mm camera lens to see them through but binoculars were even better. You won't be seeing them close up but with a good camera zoom or binoculars the yellow stripe is clearly visible. Too far great pics though without an even longer lens.

The yellow-eyed penguins come in earlier than the blue penguins, so you can hang out here until towards sunset, then head down to the pier and see the blue penguins.
Written September 25, 2019
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lindsaywalker2018
New Zealand53 contributions
Aug 2019
In essense this is a well cared for gravel path aopprox 80 feet above the beach and the waves with a number of viewing platforms/ rest areas/ observation points where if you are super fortunate you MAY see at a distance one of the worlds super rare penguins ...the Yellow Eyed Penguin.
When you consider there are only 395 breeding pair left in the world , chances of seeing one is not high....but then as one visitor claimed (with photograps to prove )
seeing 4 was a stellar occasion. it is a nice walk great and easy exercise...but dont think it is going to be a Disneyland experience....nature is not like that!!
Written August 23, 2019
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Sam79
Queenstown, New Zealand2 contributions
Aug 2019
If you are travelling through Oamaru and you have some spare time, stop here is recommended. In the afternoon you can see the penguins coming back from the ocean.
Written August 23, 2019
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