Oamaru Blue Penguin Colony

See the world's smallest penguins, in their natural environment. Penguins began nesting in a rock quarry at the edge of Oamaru Harbour in the early 1990s. Today, it's Oamaru’s largest tourist attraction, with over 75,000 visitors per year.

$10.00 - $45.00

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Our Blue Penguins nest close to town under the cliffs along the Historic Harbour foreshore.

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During the day penguins are not walking around 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 burrows. 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, walk up the stony ramp in front of you and cross into the breeding colony.

We have tours running from 10am to late so stop by and visit Oamaru's most unique residents.


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Physical address

Oamaru Blue Penguin Colony, Waterfront Road, Oamaru, Waitaki, 9400, New Zealand.

Opening times

Business hours:
10am to one hour after dusk
Months of operation:
All months of the year

Pricing and Conditions

Adult $10.00 - $45.00
Other charges:
Combo options and family passes are also available

Language support

  Written Spoken
Chinese (Traditional) YES NO
Dutch YES NO
French YES NO
German YES NO
Italian YES NO
Japanese YES NO
Spanish YES NO

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