Pilots Beach

Tairoa Head - Little Blue Penguin Viewing

  • Reviews  83%

6 reviews with the most recent first

Lisa's avatar



Ranking: 9/10

Not ten out of ten unfortunately because too touristic, although you still see the penguins in their natural environment. They are absolutely adorable, you can get really close and hear them squeaking all the time. Lovely!

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Richard's avatar


United Kingdom

Ranking: 8/10

Great to see the penguins.
But we got really, really cold waiting for them. I suggest you go, but wrap up warm if in winter.

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Cervenka Jaroslav

Czech Republic

Ranking: 10/10

Watching penguins on the beach, a really nice experience.

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Barbara Berkhout


Ranking: 9/10

You can see some sea lions by yourself. It is a magic instant! Just beautiful with children.

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Pete & Pat Etheridge


Ranking: 10/10

We had to wait in a biting wind until dark dusk, volunteers explained and had red torches so as not to harm their eyes, little penguins rafted in and walked companionably home to their young, through our feet as we held our breath!!

Villa's avatar



Ranking: 8/10

Nice beach and sunset if lucky with albatross, sea gulls and sea lions. But arrive just before sunset to see the blu penguins coming up from the sea.