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.


$20.00 - $63.00


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

Visitors have the opportunity to enjoy our new day experience with lots of interaction, education and information on our research and monitoring programmes. With day entry, visitors can also enter our day viewing room and explore 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. With general and premium viewing stands, watch the penguins swim ashore and enter the colony right in front of you!

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Physical address

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

Pricing and Conditions

Adult $20.00 - $63.00
Other charges:
Combo options and family passes are also available

Opening times

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

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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