Pilots Beach

Pilots Beach

Tairoa Head - Little Blue Penguin Viewing


6 Rankers Reviews

5 Face-to-Face

12 Penguin Watching

2 Portobello

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Watch little blue penguins come ashore at dusk

Pilot beach is a small cove on the western side of Tairoa Head. Home to the largest Blue Penguin colony on the Tairoa Peninsula. You may also see Yellow Eyed Penguins, seals and sea lions too. $20 per adult, $10 per child.


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Otago Peninsula Trust

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South IslandCoastal OtagoPortobello


  • Penguin Watching


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!

Reviewed about 6 years ago and experienced in February 2016

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.

Reviewed almost 8 years ago

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Cervenka Jaroslav's avatar

Cervenka Jaroslav

Czech Republic

Ranking: 10/10

Watching penguins on the beach, a really nice experience.

Reviewed about 9 years ago

Barbara Berkhout's avatar

Barbara Berkhout


Ranking: 9/10

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

Reviewed almost 10 years ago and experienced in March 2012

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Pete & Pat Etheridge's avatar

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!!

Reviewed about 10 years ago and experienced in February 2012

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.

Reviewed about 10 years ago and experienced in February 2012