Blue Penguins Coming Ashore Lookout

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Waterfront Road, Oamaru, South Island


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Lat: -45.109925 Lng: 170.980562

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User 211302

Lots of people stand on the breakway to try to see penguins, a private security guard tells people to leave at request of Council due to danger, but there are no signs and we found no record of a Council order (just proposals). It might be dangerous to stand there, but seems more like the "show" doesn't like that everyone who paid $40 for the "show" can see others seeing the same penguins for free. Better to avoid this hassle and just walk along the waterfront path, if you're quiet and keep your lights off you'll see many penguins coming ashore. Stay quiet and don't shine lights, noise and light will scare the penguins away.


@Jeremybackpacker (IG cousin)

How to turn a natural habitat into a ridiculous circus. Even NZ travelers are ashamed of this. You can stand on the left to spot the penguins coming ashore for free (we saw 40 of them making their way up around 7pm) but you gotta pay to see them close (which we did not). Or you can drive to the other spot 3 min away and spot some for free :)



Saw lots of cute little penguins coming ashore at 6.30pm! A security guard came to tell everyone to leave, first saying it's because someone owns the 'show' and then saying it's dangerous and too many people have been injured walking lon the warf at dark. But totally worth it! Bring binoculars!


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