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Bushy Beach

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Little late

A seal was sunning itself on the beach, but unfortunately missed the penguins coming in. We got... read more

Reviewed 15 September 2018
Dunedin, New Zealand
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Wonderful views

On August 7, 2018 in the afternoon we were in this observatory to try to see yellow-eyed penguins... read more

Reviewed 30 August 2018
Francisco R
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Bushy Beach Rd, Oamaru, New Zealand
Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 27 December 2012

The viewing areas are high off the beach so take binocular and dress for the weather conditions. Check only when the best view time for you visit will be but after 3pm until dust is when the wild Yellow eye penguins come it there nests....More

7  Thank amicaTheWorld
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Reviewed 16 September 2017 via mobile

Maybe its not the peak season? Doesnt quite worth it after two hrs wait. Its quite cold in mid Sep here so prepare gloves and hat for the wait.

2  Thank Navigator632146
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Reviewed 30 September 2018

We knew that we not visiting at the right time to see the Penguins but it was a great walk any way. It was interesting to see the breeding boxes so far away from the water and walk through the bush. the views over the...More

1  Thank 993anitat
Reviewed 21 September 2018 via mobile

We were advised that for the time of year (sept sunset at 6.30) the penguins start coming on shore at 4 til about 5. We did not go all the way to the end of the path to the hide but about 2/3rd of the...More

Thank smart_0ne
Reviewed 15 September 2018 via mobile

A seal was sunning itself on the beach, but unfortunately missed the penguins coming in. We got there about 6 with at most an hour of light left. You can only be on th he beach between 9am and 3pm. Great views down the coast...More

Thank 422iana
Reviewed 30 August 2018

On August 7, 2018 in the afternoon we were in this observatory to try to see yellow-eyed penguins, according to what they told us in the i-site they usually leave before nightfall, in fact they leave the beach at 3:00 p.m. Do not disturb the...More

Thank Francisco R
Reviewed 31 July 2018

The lookout is a little far from the beach where the penguins nest, but you might be able to see them if you're lucky and it's free. You should go in the early morning or early evening. We saw two of them about an hour...More

Thank apmaddox
Reviewed 23 July 2018

Go before sunrise or one hour before sunset. Don't expect to se crowds of penguins and see them closely. But still, it is a very beautiful place, and it's worth of seeing the penguins

Thank Josep G
Reviewed 26 April 2018

Went for a easy walk to Bushy Beach from Oamaru. Beautiful farms and animals along the way. Spend about 30 min at the look out and saw 4 yellow eyed penguins come out. Bring binocluars to see them properly. Keep of the beach after 3...More

Thank Peggy P
Reviewed 23 April 2018

A short walk from the car-park is the viewing hut where you can wait for the penguins to come in. They are on island time, so you just have to wait it out. Some will arrive up to an hour before sunset, and just swim...More

Thank ivyyaker32
Reviewed 20 April 2018

It will cost you nothing to get a good look at the penguins in their natural element. Just organise yourself to get to the car park about one hour before dark. Aim for a calm, warm evening but if it's misty and breezy, you'll still...More

3  Thank OldGoatsKnowBest
Reviewed 9 April 2018 via mobile

Couldn't access the beach but a nice short walk along the cliff top to view the ocean and seals lying on the beach

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