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1 hr 15 mins return

Walk in early morning or late afternoon for the best chance in seeing the spirited Fiordland Crested Penguins.

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

Thanks to all the good people working for the NZ Department of Conservation - for all your hard work - making NZ more beautiful, accessable and healthy! Cheers 😍

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Sarah

Germany

Ranking: 6/10

Way to the beach through a rainforest was really interesting. Took lots of photos there. Unfortunately we did not see any of the penguins, but saw a seal puppy.

Reviewed over 1 year ago and experienced in November 2016

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Daniel Baeyens

Spain

Ranking: 9/10

It was pouring when we went and the penguins were not there, but the walk was pretty lovely even raining.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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The Beans

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

Found this by sheer luck. We thought this was near Knights Point, but you have to actually drive a couple of miles down the road where the Monro Beach Walk sign is on the left. Allow plenty of time for the return walk. We are reasonably fit and this took approximately 45mins each way - not including time on the beach looking for penguins! We did see a few Fjordland Crested penguins arrive back on the beach from feeding around 6pm, which definitely made the walk worthwhile despite the masses of sandflies on the beach. Recommend that you take binoculars for the best viewing experience. Please be respectful to the penguins and keep your distance if you see them. Camera zoom will pick up the detail when you get home :)

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

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Wirth Pascal

Switzerland

Ranking: 10/10

Easy access, beautiful walk through the forest. The beach is very nice, even without penguins.

Reviewed about 2 years ago and experienced in January 2016

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Sydney Lupton

Canada

Ranking: 9/10

Simple walk through beautiful rainforest to a beautiful long beach. Penguins supposedly there but we did not come at the right time - even so was worth it!

Reviewed about 2 years ago and experienced in February 2016

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Patricia Revel

France

Ranking: 10/10

2 hour walk with many bird sounds - wonderful.

Reviewed about 4 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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Michael Heuer

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Lovely walk through rain forest, did not see penguins on the beach but thousands of sandflies (only on the beach, not on the walk).

Reviewed over 5 years ago and experienced in March 2013

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Manuela and Thomas

Switzerland

Ranking: 8/10

40km North of Haast. Very nice track to the beach through forest.

Reviewed over 5 years ago

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Abee and Suess

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Nice walk (1.5hours return) to a wild, beautiful coast scene and in the end we saw six penguins!! Very easy to go and there were not so many people!!

Reviewed over 5 years ago

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ORfam

United States

Ranking: 10/10

Pleasant walk thru the forest to the beach. We saw quite a few penguins walking back to their nest sites from the ocean - although from a bit of a distance. Very enjoyable visit.

Reviewed over 5 years ago

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Signe Kaspersen

Denmark

Ranking: 8/10

Rainforest walk to a beautiful beach - saw glowworms in the dark!!

Reviewed about 6 years ago and experienced in March 2012

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Nick & Adele Waller

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

1/2 hour walk through rainforest to a small lagoon and back along the beach. Lovely walk and great place to have lunch.

Reviewed over 6 years ago and experienced in February 2012

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Carel

Netherlands

Ranking: 8/10

Beautiful, hanging bridge and many plants.

Reviewed over 6 years ago and experienced in February 2012

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

Thanks to all the good people working for the NZ Department of Conservation - for all your hard work - making NZ more beautiful, accessable and healthy! Cheers 😍

Sarah's avatar

Sarah

Germany

Ranking: 6/10

Way to the beach through a rainforest was really interesting. Took lots of photos there. Unfortunately we did not see any of the penguins, but saw a seal puppy.

Reviewed over 1 year ago and experienced in November 2016

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Daniel Baeyens

Spain

Ranking: 9/10

It was pouring when we went and the penguins were not there, but the walk was pretty lovely even raining.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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The Beans

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

Found this by sheer luck. We thought this was near Knights Point, but you have to actually drive a couple of miles down the road where the Monro Beach Walk sign is on the left. Allow plenty of time for the return walk. We are reasonably fit and this took approximately 45mins each way - not including time on the beach looking for penguins! We did see a few Fjordland Crested penguins arrive back on the beach from feeding around 6pm, which definitely made the walk worthwhile despite the masses of sandflies on the beach. Recommend that you take binoculars for the best viewing experience. Please be respectful to the penguins and keep your distance if you see them. Camera zoom will pick up the detail when you get home :)

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

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Wirth Pascal

Switzerland

Ranking: 10/10

Easy access, beautiful walk through the forest. The beach is very nice, even without penguins.

Reviewed about 2 years ago and experienced in January 2016

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Sydney Lupton

Canada

Ranking: 9/10

Simple walk through beautiful rainforest to a beautiful long beach. Penguins supposedly there but we did not come at the right time - even so was worth it!

Reviewed about 2 years ago and experienced in February 2016

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Patricia Revel

France

Ranking: 10/10

2 hour walk with many bird sounds - wonderful.

Reviewed about 4 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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Michael Heuer

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Lovely walk through rain forest, did not see penguins on the beach but thousands of sandflies (only on the beach, not on the walk).

Reviewed over 5 years ago and experienced in March 2013

Thank You - to the thousands of travellers that have contributed to our Top Voted NZ Activities Map - it's free from Rankers.

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Manuela and Thomas

Switzerland

Ranking: 8/10

40km North of Haast. Very nice track to the beach through forest.

Reviewed over 5 years ago

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Abee and Suess

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Nice walk (1.5hours return) to a wild, beautiful coast scene and in the end we saw six penguins!! Very easy to go and there were not so many people!!

Reviewed over 5 years ago

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ORfam

United States

Ranking: 10/10

Pleasant walk thru the forest to the beach. We saw quite a few penguins walking back to their nest sites from the ocean - although from a bit of a distance. Very enjoyable visit.

Reviewed over 5 years ago

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Signe Kaspersen

Denmark

Ranking: 8/10

Rainforest walk to a beautiful beach - saw glowworms in the dark!!

Reviewed about 6 years ago and experienced in March 2012

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Nick & Adele Waller

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

1/2 hour walk through rainforest to a small lagoon and back along the beach. Lovely walk and great place to have lunch.

Reviewed over 6 years ago and experienced in February 2012

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Carel

Netherlands

Ranking: 8/10

Beautiful, hanging bridge and many plants.

Reviewed over 6 years ago and experienced in February 2012