Yellow-Eyed Penguin Colony
In an old limestone quarry near the waterfront, you can see the little tykes from Oamaru’s blue-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.
This award-winning haven 12km north of Oamaru on SH1 blends leather couches and polished concrete for a sophisticated ambience. Much of...
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.