During the evening you have two tour options to choose from:
You are seated in an outdoor viewing grandstand where you listen to a commentary about our blue penguins. The birds return home from their days fishing, make their way onto the beach, up a stony ramp, and cross into the Colony. You are seated in a grandstand that seats 350 people, bookings are advised in the summer months.
In our Premium Evening Viewing stand you are alot closer to the penguins sitting only 2-3 metres from where they arrive and cross into the colony. You have individual seating which makes the experience more comfortable. You will also get to listen to an informative commentary that is given by one of our staff members. When you make your way out to the grandstand you will enter into the breeding colony on a boardwalk and walk amongst their nesting burrows. Premium viewing is restricted to only 60 seats so bookings are advised.
Please Note: Photography or Filming is not permitted during evening viewing
During the summer months Evening Viewing is as late as 9:00 pm while during the winter our birds are arriving home as early as 5:30 pm. Arrival numbers vary from up over 200 in Summer down to under 30 in Winter. Take a look at ourPenguin Information Calendar for more information
Running time : 1-2 hours
Evenings in Oamaru can be cool so warm clothing is advised.
Seniors,Students, BBH, Top 10, YHA Card Holders
Children 5-17 years
Family pass (2 Adults + Children
Children under 5 years FREE
The Oamaru Pengin Colony has over 130 breeding birds, some of which have been breeding there for over 16 years even though the average life of a bird is only 8 years in the wild.