Bushy Beach

Bushy Beach

Penguin & Seal Viewing Hide


28 Rankers Reviews

19 Face-to-Face

19 Penguin Watching

19 Oamaru

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At the other side of the Oamaru harbour headland, a colony of endangered yellow-eyed penguins can be watched from a viewing hide at Bushy Beach, a short, easy walk from the carpark.


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Umbrella Organisation

Non-profit organisation


South IslandCoastal OtagoOamaru


  • Penguin Watching
  • Free


Showing 13 reviews of 28.

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S Weslake

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Well worth a visit! Short track down to a wooden shed/lookout point. We saw 4 Yellow Eyed penguins and 3 sea lions. Be prepared for the wind as it is very exposed, and binoculars are a must. Not walking distance from the town, so best to drive here, ample parking.

Reviewed about 4 years ago

Kathleen Reibeholz's avatar

Kathleen Reibeholz

Ranking: 10/10


Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Car R

United Kingdom

Ranking: 8/10

The penguins are fairly far from the viewing platform but some keen eyes, binoculars and a big lens we saw quite a number. If you do go, don't give up although it says 4pm I think it was much nearer 6pm before they made an appearance and some people had left - we nearly did.
There are some places you can pay to see penguins but I like that this was authentic and wild, everyone peacefully waiting. There are also places you can see penguins, sometimes yellow eyed, closer but again I like that they are left alone not disturbed by humans as they should be.
Some sea lions for pre-entertainment. So glad we waited.

Reviewed over 4 years ago and experienced in February 2017

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Silvia Romeiro

Ranking: 6/10

The place is very beautiful and easy to find, but is quite far from the beach and we couldn't actually see any penguins, just 2 sea lions.

Reviewed almost 5 years ago

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Jelmer Postma's avatar

Jelmer Postma


Ranking: 8/10

Walk itself was not all that special. Seeing the penguins on the beach, however was really nice to see. They are quite far away.

Reviewed almost 6 years ago and experienced in March 2016

Benedikt Maus's avatar

Benedikt Maus


Ranking: 7/10

You can see a lot of little penguins at the beach after sunset.

Reviewed almost 6 years ago and experienced in March 2016

Michael Menrath's avatar

Michael Menrath


Ranking: 2/10

No penguins and only one seal in the afternoon. There are better places.

Reviewed over 6 years ago

Chandra Holt's avatar

Chandra Holt

Ranking: 7/10

Beautiful short walk but didn't see penguins. One seal. If you wanna get up close to yellow eyed penguins in a bigger colony go to the Moeraki Lighthouse bushwalk, a bit south of here - they came right up to us!

Reviewed almost 7 years ago

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Dianne van der Wal's avatar

Dianne van der Wal

Ranking: 8/10

Although a bit far away, we did see one penguin coming to shore, amazing!

Reviewed almost 7 years ago

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James Webster

Ranking: 8/10

Well sign posted, we arrived just after 8.00am and saw one penguin. Aim to get there 7.30am or earlier. You will need good eyes and good zoom as away from the action

Reviewed about 7 years ago

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JoMary Smith

United Kingdom

Ranking: 8/10

The brilliant receptionist at Oamaru holiday park told us exactly when and where to go to view yellow eyed penguins coming ashore, there were not many on that particular evening but we had some good views. Then we drove back into town and had a lovely meal, after which we found our way to the south side of the harbour where with a bit of patience it is possible to have excellent views of little blue penguins coming ashore to roost. There is a paid attraction (expensive!) but you do not need to go to it: the penguins have their own ideas of where they want to come ashore and while you will see more penguins at the paying place, you can have good close sightings if you wait quietly along the harbour. Take a torch but stay at a good distance from the penguins so as not to scare them.

Reviewed about 8 years ago and experienced in January 2014

Ludvig Fagerstrom's avatar

Ludvig Fagerstrom


Ranking: 5/10

The lookout is quite far away from the beach so the penquins ( if you are lucky enough to see any) look really small.

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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Yvonne Horpershoeh


Ranking: 8/10

Quiet spot near Oamaru to watch fur seals and penquins (only in the late afternoon)

Reviewed over 8 years ago and experienced in December 2013