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Oamaru: Blue Penguin Colony Evening Viewing Ticket

Product ID: 250092
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Watch and admire hundreds of tiny blue penguins coming in from the ocean to their nesting area on the coast of Oamaru. Enjoy expert commentary on the penguins' lives and the importance of their conservation throughout this once in a lifetime experience.
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Duration: 1.5 hours
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  • Watch hundreds of tiny blue penguins coming in from the ocean to their nesting boxes
  • Enjoy informative commentary from local experts, and find out more about the penguins' lives
  • Learn about blue penguin conservation efforts in the region
Full description
Marvel at hundreds of the world's smallest penguin species as they return from a day's fishing. See the wild blue penguins make their way up the beach and a stony ramp before they cross into their colony.

Upon arrival at the Penguin Colony, check in with one of the local operator's team members, before being guided to your seating area. Then, watch the penguins make their journey up to their specially made nesting boxes from no more than 15 meters/16.5 yards away.

Throughout the experience, delight in the informative commentary of your expert team. Learn about the average life of blue penguins, their different breeding patterns, and why the conservation of these tiny birds is so important in New Zealand. If you're lucky, you may also see a range of different wildlife in the area, such as fur seals and seabirds.
  • General Admission Evening Viewing Ticket
  • Informative commentary from local expert
What’s Not Included
  • Food and Drinks

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Meeting point

Oamaru Blue Penguin Colony, Waterfront Rd, South Hill, Oamaru 9400, New Zealand. Please arrive 10 minutes before your scheduled time.

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Important information
What to bring
  • Warm clothing
Not allowed
  • Cameras
Know before you go
• Photography and video are strictly prohibited during this experience. Flash and light are not good for the penguins' eyes. Please abide by these rules and refrain from using cameras and/or phones in the seating area
• It can get very cold in the evening in Oamaru. Please dress appropriately in warm clothing including enclosed footwear, jacket, and long pants
• The General Admission area is approximately 10-15 meters (11-16.5 yards) away from where the penguins will come up the beach into the nesting area
• During the summer months, evening viewing can be as late as 9 PM, while during the winter the penguins arrive home as early as 5:30 PM. Arrival numbers vary from over 200 in Summer down to under 30 in Winter

From £21.11 per person

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Oamaru Blue Penguin Colony

Product ID: 250092