Bushy Beach

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South IslandCoastal OtagoOamaru

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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24 reviews with the most recent first, showing page 1 of 2.

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Jelmer Postma

Netherlands

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.

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Benedikt Maus

Germany

Ranking: 7/10

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

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Michael Menrath

Germany

Ranking: 2/10

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

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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!

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Dianne van der Wal

Ranking: 8/10

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

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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

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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.

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Ludvig Fagerstrom

Sweden

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.

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Yvonne Horpershoeh

Netherlands

Ranking: 8/10

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

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Marc Greeve

Netherlands

Ranking: 10/10

Fur seals and penquin look out. Nice beach, loads of seals.

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Caderet

France

Ranking: 9/10

Very funny animal but very busy, a lot of people.

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Veronica and Jordi

Spain

Ranking: 10/10

We had the opportunity to see Albatross, fur seals, penguins, birds etc. Without interfering in their life, while we were walking.

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Dio

Netherlands

Ranking: 8/10

Well chosed ridge with a good view and a nice track.

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