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See the world's smallest penguins, in their natural environment.
Our Blue Penguins nest close to town under the cliff along the historic harbour foreshore. The Oamaru Blue Penguin Colony is just beyond the Victorian Heritage Precinct and you are within walking distance of the town centre, close to shops, restaurants and accommodation.
During the day penguins are not active on land; they are either out at sea fishing or hiding away in their nesting burrows. Our day tours take you behind the scenes, into the penguins breeding area, where you may see the penguins up close in their nesting burrows. Our day time viewing facility, the 'blue wing', makes this eaiser as you look down into the top of 10 nesting boxes through viewing tunnels. Our penguin numbers vary from day to day, so just ask one of our friendly staff how many they can guarantee you will see.
Evening viewing is when you will get to see the penguins arrive home from their days fishing, in groups that we call 'rafts'; they will walk up the stony ramp in front of you and cross into the breeding colony back to their nesting burrows.
We have tours running from 10am to late, so stop by and visit Oamaru's most unique residents.
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