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"Visit the Penguin Colonies" Oamaru Things to Do Tip by bsfreeloader

Oamaru Things to Do: 34 reviews and 47 photos

Oamaru’s main draw these days is its penguins. Within walking distance of the town center are colonies of world’s smallest and rarest penguins – Little (or Blue) and Yellow-eyed Penguins, respectively. Timing a visit to both colonies is easy. The Yellow-eyed Penguins, whose colony is further out from town, come ashore late in the afternoon, while the Little Penguins usually wait until dark before coming ashore. Visiting the Yellow-eyed Penguin colony is free, but to guarantee seeing the birds from just a few feet away and getting great photo opportunities you should pay the small fee and take the Bushy Beach Yellow-eyed Penguin tour. There is a small fee to view the Little Penguins, but it is more than worth it. What the Little Penguins lack in size, they more than make up for in personality. Town maps, available free at the visitor information center, detail each of these locations. If you aren’t keen on walking, the Oamaru Penguin Express provides a door-to-door tour to both colonies and other town landmarks for $25, which includes the entrance fee to the Little Penguin colony.

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  • Written Jan 24, 2007
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