Yellow-Eyed Penguin Colony

Yellow-Eyed Penguin Colony information

Lonely Planet review

There are large hides and good trails to the yellow-eyed penguin colony at Bushy Beach, where the penguins come ashore in late afternoon to feed their young. Two hours before dark is the best time to see them. Despite their Maori name, hoiho (noisy shouter), they’re extremely shy; if they see or hear you they’ll head back into the water. Graves Trail, a 2.5km low-tide walk, starts from the end of Waterfront Rd and follows the rugged coastline around to the yellow-eyed colony at Bushy Beach. Watch out for fur seals, and do not use a flash when photographing the penguins.