Bushy Beach

Bushy Beach

Penguin & Seal Viewing Hide

Reviews

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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 over 2 years ago

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Kathleen Reibeholz

Ranking: 10/10

Excellent

Reviewed over 2 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 almost 3 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 about 3 years ago

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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.

Reviewed about 4 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Benedikt Maus

Germany

Ranking: 7/10

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

Reviewed about 4 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Michael Menrath

Germany

Ranking: 2/10

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

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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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!

Reviewed about 5 years ago

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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!

Reviewed over 5 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 over 5 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 over 6 years ago and experienced in January 2014

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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.

Reviewed over 6 years ago

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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)

Reviewed over 6 years ago and experienced in December 2013

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Marc Greeve

Netherlands

Ranking: 10/10

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

Reviewed over 6 years ago and experienced in December 2013

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Caderet

France

Ranking: 9/10

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

Reviewed about 7 years ago and experienced in February 2013

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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.

Reviewed over 7 years ago

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Dio

Netherlands

Ranking: 8/10

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

Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in November 2012

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Webb & Muckelt

England

Ranking: 7/10

Great experience in February. Viewed at dusk in free hide above the beach. Also saw seals here.

Reviewed over 8 years ago and experienced in February 2012

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Lynn Robinson

United States

Ranking: 10/10

View yellow eyed from hide. View blue from parking lot - after 10pm and then leave. Stay still and quiet, see penguins cross and go to nests.

Reviewed over 8 years ago and experienced in February 2012

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Diane Moss

England

Ranking: 6/10

Hide and view points over beach. Only saw three penguins in 1.5 hours, but there is only a small number there.

Reviewed over 8 years ago and experienced in February 2012

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Barbara

Germany

Ranking: 6/10

Watching the yellow-eyed penguins in Oamaru (for free) instead of watching the blue ones for a lot of money.

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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Dave McLeish

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Great experience!

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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Sean Brownell

England

Ranking: 9/10

Forget paying $25 in Oamaru, this is the best kept secret!! Follow Lighthouse Drive then walk towards the fishing area to walk amongst penguins and sea-lions in their natural habitat for free!

Reviewed about 9 years ago and experienced in April 2011

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Sandra Milch

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Cute!!!

Reviewed over 9 years ago and experienced in March 2011

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Julie

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

Easy walk down and up track to beach where you can surround yourself with seals.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Sarah and Uli Glas

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

We have a lot of seals in the afternoon (3pm) and not a lot of tourists.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Keely & Mark Haynes

United Kingdom

Ranking: 8/10

Nice scenery and 'hide' to watch penguins come ashore. Saw a few and one up by the carpark so called the ranger. Binoculars need renewing along with window catches in hide. Also walks and seals here.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Marcus

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Excellent walkway to see penguins.

Reviewed over 9 years ago