Yellow-Eyed Penguin Colony
Blue Penguin Colony
In an old limestone quarry near the waterfront, you can see the little tykes from the Oamaru little penguin colony surfing in and wading...
Living History Players
Professional actors bring to life the ‘Secrets of the Old Town’ in 50-minute walking tours leaving nightly at 7pm from the i-SITE.
Bushy Beach Rd · interesting places nearby
Yellow-Eyed Penguin Colony information
Larger and much rarer than their little blue cousins, yellow-eyed penguins waddle ashore at Bushy Beach in the late afternoon to feed their young. Despite their Maori name, hoiho, meaning 'noisy shouter', they’re extremely shy; if they see or hear you they’ll head back into the water and the chicks will go hungry.
In order to protect these endangered birds, the beach is closed to people at 3pm, but there are hides set up on the cliffs (you'll need binoculars for a decent view). The best time to see them is two hours before sunset.