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Bushy Beach

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Bushy Beach Rd, Oamaru, New Zealand
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Keep of the beach

Went for a easy walk to Bushy Beach from Oamaru. Beautiful farms and animals along the way. Spend... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Peggy P
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Calw, Germany
Penguins!

A short walk from the car-park is the viewing hut where you can wait for the penguins to come in... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
ivyyaker32
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Oamaru, New Zealand
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"yellow eyed penguins"
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"penguin viewing"
in 7 reviews
"viewing point"
in 3 reviews
"bring binoculars"
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"viewing area"
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"small parking area"
in 2 reviews
"dawn and dusk"
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"coastline views"
in 2 reviews
"natural habitat"
in 3 reviews
"rare penguins"
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"sea birds"
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"saw seals"
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"great viewing"
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"lovely walk"
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"pair of binoculars"
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"two hours"
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"the cliff"
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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

2  Thank OldGoatsKnowBest
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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

Thank Stormpipes
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Reviewed 12 March 2018 via mobile

You follow a short cliff top path to a couple of viewing points above the beach where you can see sealslounging and on the afternoon we went a single Yellow Eyed Penguin. The path down to the beach is closed and to be honest I...More

Thank TheSnakebite
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Reviewed 13 February 2018

Went looking for yellow-eyed penguins at sunset. Didn't find any, but still had a lovely walk along the cliffside.

1  Thank stephanie_sandiego1
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Reviewed 31 January 2018

We arrived at the viewing point at 7pm in end Jan (summer) and saw the first penguin come to shore at around 715pm. Stayed for 1.5 hours and saw 4 penguins in total and 5 or more seals. Binoculars highly recommended as the penguins are...More

Thank Paige T
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Reviewed 12 January 2018

A little visited spot of at least the time I have been there is in not crowded. A hide provided by DOC enables a shelter viewing area of the beach. Yelloweyed Penguins and Fur Seals can be see.

Thank birdman222015
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Reviewed 2 January 2018 via mobile

Agree that beach is closed due to hatched chicks. Only 6 breeding pairs therefore lowers the adults to be seen coming back to nest. 3 seals slumped on the beach. Crowd of 50-60 over the hour we were there. No sightings nice view.

1  Thank Loi J
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Reviewed 25 November 2017 via mobile

We reached at around 7pm in summer and was still bright. View was nice as of any other beach. However we went their to test our luck to see yellow eyed 🐧 penguin. But couldn’t see any. Will try next time, cheers, well maintained place.

1  Thank jasper_bear_polar
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